In 2021, Portugal was the second EU country with the most doctors practicing per 100,000 inhabitants


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In 2021, Portugal was the second European Union (EU) member state with the most doctors authorized to practice per 100,000 inhabitants, out of a total of 1.82 million professionals practicing in the EU bloc, Eurostat announced today.

Data published today by the EU’s statistical office indicates that, in 2021, Greece (629.2) and Portugal (562.04) recorded the highest numbers of doctors authorized to practice per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Austria (540.9).

Conversely, the lowest ratios were recorded in France (318.3), Belgium (324.8) and Hungary (329.8).

In all, it is estimated that in 2021 the EU had 1.82 million practicing doctors, with the highest absolute numbers in the largest EU countries, including Germany (377,000, equivalent to 21% of the EU total), Italy (243,000), France (216,000) and Spain (213,000).

In the data released today, Eurostat also reports on the number of practicing physiotherapists, revealing that, also two years ago, there were around 611,000 physiotherapists working in the EU, which equates to an average of 136.7 physiotherapists per 100,000 inhabitants.

The relative distribution of physiotherapists across EU countries ranged from 234.4 per 100,000 inhabitants in Germany, 215.9 in Belgium and 12.7 in Romania.

Iris Lavan
Iris Lavan
With a background as a consultant in the medical industry, Iris Lavan brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Portugal Pulse. Iris also runs a company in Tel Aviv offering marketing, business development, content creation and public relations services. She holds a degree in economics and management, giving her a solid grounding in business strategy and financial planning. Iris' commitment to Portugal Pulse is reflected not only in her consulting career, but also in her impact on the Portugale media landscape in Israel. She was an interviewer for Hadshot Portugal חדשות פורטוגל, a media outlet that broadcasts news about Portugal in Hebrew, where she provided valuable information on current affairs, healthcare and the economy. Since July 2023, Iris has also been part of the Portugal Pulse team.

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