Number of psychiatrists: how do countries compare?


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It is estimated that in 2016 there were around 90,000 psychiatrists in the European Union (EU), excluding Czechia, Hungary and Slovakia, for which recent figures are not available. This represents an increase of around 4,000 psychiatrists since 2011.

The EU countries with the highest number of psychiatrists per 100,000 inhabitants were Germany (27 per 100,000 inhabitants), followed by Finland (24) and then Sweden, Greece, France, the Netherlands and Lithuania (all close to 23 per 100,000 inhabitants).

In contrast, the Member States with the lowest number of psychiatrists relative to the size of the population were Bulgaria (8 per 100,000 inhabitants), Poland (9), Malta and Spain (both close to 10).

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of psychiatrists per 100,000 increased most in Greece (from 17 to 23) and decreased most in Ireland (from 24 to 18).

Bar chart: number of psychiatrists by country. 2016



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