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Health and diseases

How many are suffering from various diseases? And how many go through surgery?

Note: Below, we provide links to Statistics Denmark and others who make statistics on the subject. In some instances, the sources referred to below have content in Danish only or limited content in English.

Where can I get a general overview of the population health?

The Danish Health Authority and the National Institute of Public Health (NIPH) are behind the National Health Profile, which includes e.g. data on health behaviour, weight, self-assessed health and morbidity:

The National Institute of Public Health (NIPH) has publications on health-related population surveys as well as special analyses based on these surveys.

How often and how are we in contact with the health authorities?

How many are suffering from various diseases?

At the request of the Danish Health Authority, the National Institute of Public Health (NIPH) has carried out a major study of the burden of disease in Denmark. In February 2023, updated versions of the reports on diseases and risk factors were published.

  • "Sygdomsbyrden i Danmark - Sygdomme"
    This report (in Danish) compares a number of disease groups - different types of cancer, diabetes, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, dementia, ischemic heart disease, apoplexy, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), pain in the neck and lower back, osteoarthritis and alcohol-related morbidity based on various parameters such as prevalence, mortality, treatment, sickness absence, premature retirement, health economics and loss of production
  • "Sygdomsbyrden i Danmark - Risikofaktorer"
    This report (in Danish) deals with health risk factors, and looks into selected consequences of smoking, alcohol, physical inactivity, sleep disorders, loneliness, unhealthy diet, severe obesity and air pollution
  • "Sygdomsbyrden i Danmark: Ulykker, selvskade og selvmord"
    This report (in Danish) on accidents, self-harm and suicides was published in 2017

In September 2023, 'Local Government Denmark' (KL) published an analysis (in Danish) of the prevalence of seven chronic diseases: asthma, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, COPD, rheumatoid arthritis and dementia. The analysis also looks at 'multi-disease' - the occurrence of at least two of the mentioned chronic diseases at the same time:

Other data sources on various diseases:

How many go through surgery?

How many donate organs and how many transplants are performed?

How extensive is the consumption of medicines? 

  • Statistics Denmark has statistics on the sale of prescription drugs, which are coupled with information on the users' gender, age, geography, education and origin. See News-articles (in Danish) and tables in the StatBank Denmark
  • The Danish Health Data Authority is responsible for the register of medicines statistics Lægemiddelstatistikregisteret (in Danish), which holds information on all sales of medicines in Denmark. Among other things, the register is used for analyses of the consumption of e.g. antibiotics, diabetes medicine and sleeping medicine.
  • In the database, you can create tables of the annual sales of medicines. Here you can also search using groups of medicines, ATC codes or product names, but NOT popular designations such as happy pills.
  • Danmarks Apotekerforening is a Danish association of pharmacists, which publishes a yearbook “Lægemidler i Danmark” (in Danish) on medicines in Denmark and various analyses regarding the use of medicine.

See also

For mental disorders, see FAQ on Stress and mental health disorders

For the mental health of children and young people, see FAQ on Stress and mental health disorders


[This page was last reviewed in April 2023]


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