Which Country Has the Most Nurses?

Number of Nurses (persons), 2014 or latest
Health Care | January 1, 2019
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Based on a comparison of 32 countries in 2014, China ranked the highest in number of nurses with 2,783,121 persons followed by India and Japan. On the other end of the scale was Iceland with 5,018 persons, Luxembourg with 6,657 persons and Estonia with 8,134 persons.

Data for more countries are available at Number of Nurses indicator page.

Number of Nurses Unit 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Australia persons ... 218,928 220,814 ... 227,712 232,321 ...
Canada persons 304,424 313,431 318,565 319,026 326,227 ...
China persons ... 1,678,091 1,854,818 2,048,071 2,244,020 2,496,599 ...
Germany persons ... ... ... ... ... ... 964,000 986,000 994,000 1,005,000 1,014,000 ...
India persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 971,574 1,043,363 1,073,638 1,238,874 1,406,006 ...
Indonesia persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 184,332 169,797 220,575 235,496 ...
Japan persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 1,227,111 ... 1,294,234 ... 1,344,388 ... ...
Mexico persons 255,607 265,681 275,171 290,317 298,907 ...
Poland persons 197,929 200,280 200,769 200,850 211,628 ...
Russia persons 1,038,435 1,043,957 1,038,459 1,057,268 1,065,781 ...
South Korea persons ... ... ... 212,138 219,675 228,614 235,116 242,249
Spain persons ... ... 221,600 229,700 239,867 243,967 245,300 ...
Sweden persons 101,752 102,596 104,119 105,140 106,176 ... ...
Switzerland persons ... ... ... ... ... ... 114,084 117,699 125,427 131,374 135,695 ...
United Kingdom persons ... ... ... ... ... ... 593,572 607,339 597,534 529,127 522,728