“As shown in Figure 7, the number of physicians and nurses per population in Sweden is well above the EU average with 4.2 practicing doctors per 1 000 population (compared with an EU average of 3.6) and 11.1 practicing nurses per 1 000 population (compared with an EU average of 8.4). Most physicians (70%) have a recognised specialisation, and almost one-quarter of them are specialists in general medicine.
“Since 1990, Sweden has reduced the number of acute care hospital beds and the ratio per population is now the lowest of all EU countries, with only 2.3 acute care beds per 1 000 population, compared to an EU average of 4.2. The average length of hospital stay is also very low at 5.9 days, which is third lowest among EU countries (see Section 5.3).”
Source: OECD/European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (2017), Sweden: Country Health Profile 2017, State of Health in the EU, OECD Publishing, Paris/European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, Brussels. http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/9789264283572-en