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Nurse to hospital bed ratio, 2019:

The average for 2019 based on 26 countries was 1.41 nurse to bed ratio. The highest value was in the United Kingdom: 3.09 nurse to bed ratio and the lowest value was in South Korea: 0.42 nurse to bed ratio. The indicator is available from 1980 to 2020. Below is a chart for all countries where data are available.

Measure: nurse to bed ratio; Source: OECD
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Countries Nurse to hospital bed ratio, 2019 Global rank Available data
UK 3.09 1 2009 - 2020
Iceland 3.07 2 2007 - 2020
Norway 2.64 3 2002 - 2019
Canada 2.52 4 1980 - 2019
New Zealand 2.42 5 2010 - 2020
Mexico 2.29 6 2012 - 2019
Switzerland 1.96 7 2003 - 2019
Ireland 1.86 8 1990 - 2019
Netherlands 1.44 9 1999 - 2019
Italy 1.42 10 2003 - 2019
Portugal 1.26 11 1999 - 2019
Spain 1.22 12 2000 - 2019
Slovenia 1.15 13 2000 - 2019
Israel 1.04 14 1995 - 2020
Austria 1 15 2000 - 2019
Estonia 1 16 2006 - 2019
France 0.98 17 1997 - 2019
Turkey 0.91 18 2002 - 2019
Czechia 0.89 19 2004 - 2019
Germany 0.88 20 2000 - 2019
Greece 0.87 21 1999 - 2019
Lithuania 0.82 22 2000 - 2019
Latvia 0.55 23 2012 - 2019
Hungary 0.51 24 2006 - 2019
Chile 0.49 25 2010 - 2020
South Korea 0.42 26 2004 - 2019



Definition: The ratio of the number of professional and associate professional nurses to the number of hospital beds.

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