Study populations 

Sweden, in 2016, had an estimated population of 9.8m with one in five (20%) being over the age of 65 years. By 2050, it is expected that the population will increase to 11.8m, with those under the age of 15 years making up 17% of the total population and those aged 65 years and older 24%.

Alongside the ageing population, diabetes prevalence is increasing – with the most recent statistics reporting 446,900 people living with the condition and an estimated 168,700 undiagnosed cases. Of note, Sweden is ranked 2nd in the world for the number of new cases of type 1 diabetes for people under 15 years of age at an estimated 43.2 cases per 100,000 population per year.

Report & Infographic 

Cover page for Sweden Study Report. For accessible PDF version of full report click the image.
Info-graphic containing overview of findings. For an accessible PDF please click the image.

Availability of DR patient education materials in health care providers’ offices

76% Sufficient information available, 8% Information not sufficient, 16% No written information available, 0% Don’t know
(All providers n=25)
Sufficient information available Information not sufficient No written information available Don’t know

Percentage of adults with diabetes who have completed an eye exam

81.3% Have had an eye exam, 18.7% Never had an eye exam
(Opthamologists n=75)
Have had an eye exam
Never had an eye exam  

Complications adults with diabetes were most concerned about

51.3% Vision loss, 30.3% Cardiovascular disease/stroke, 3.9% Amputation
(Adults with diabetes n=76)
Vision loss Cardiovascular disease/stroke Amputation

Frequency of discussions about eye complications with health care providers

14.5% Every visit, 7.9% Multiple times per year, 32.9% Once a year,14.5% When symptoms arise, 23.7% Never
(Adults with diabetes n=76)
Every visit Multiple times per year Once a year When symptoms arise Never

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