Norway has the world’s highest number of doctors and nurses per person

Norway has the world's highest number of doctors and nurses per person
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Norway is top of the list of OECD countries with the most doctors and nurses.

Data on the number of doctors and nurses working in OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) shows Norway to have the highest per capita number of medics of all member states.

The World Economic Forum published the data on its website.

The combined total of doctors and nurses per capita in Norway is higher than in any other country, according to the reported figures.

World Health Organization (WHO) data shows that, in 2018, Norway had 29.16 medical doctors per 10,000 people.

OECD figures have Norway’s numbers at 4.82 doctors per 1,000 people in 2018 (the most recent year for available data) and 17.81 nurses per 1,000 people in the same year.

Combining the two numbers gives Norway the highest per capita number of doctors and nurses of any OECD member country.

The information may be related to the ability of countries to respond effectively to Covid-19, the OECD has noted.

According to the WHO, 40 percent of its member states have fewer than 10 medical doctors per 100,000 people.

The organisation has also said that countries with the highest relative need have a smaller health workforce. For example, Africa has 22 percent of the global burden of the disease but access to only 3 percent of the world’s health workers.

“In countries with fewer doctors and nurses per population, the existing workforce will be even more stretched in their attempts to address the additional demand for care arising from the epidemic,” the OECD meanwhile writes.

A total of 10,374 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Norway since the beginning of the epidemic in the Scandinavian country, with a total 630,903 tests conducted as of August 23rd. 264 deaths with the virus have been registered.

The Norwegian Institute for Public Health estimated earlier this month (August 19th) that 91 percent of the (at that time) 10,055 people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in the country have now recovered.

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