About Karolinska

Karolinska University Hospital is one of the largest University Hospitals in Europe. Together with the world-respected Karolinska Institutet, we lead in development and medical break-throughs. 

Our mandate is to be Stockholm County Council's University Hospital, with responsibility for specialised and highly specialised health care. That assignment comprises main responsibility for the County Council's research and student education in partnership with Karolinska Institutet and other universities and colleges.

The assignment includes business content planning for tomorrow's Karolinska University Hospital, and deployment of the new hospital building in Solna.

Three key assignments - health care, research and education

We believe that patient care, research, innovation and education must all play equally strong roles in our effort to extend and enhance people's lives. As a major teaching hospital we educate and train tomorrow's medical specialists and health care professionals.

Patient first

At Karolinska we work along the vision "Patient first". We provide quality and safe health care with the best expertise. With treatment and care, we ensure that our patients receive personal attention.

Karolinska University Hospital and Karolinska Institutet

An academic health care system including research and education of the highest international quality is established with a close strategic partnership between Karolinska University Hospital and Karolinska Institutet. Together we create added value for each other and partners.

Facts about Karolinska University Hospital

  • 1 340 hospital beds
  • 1.58 million patient visits per year
  • 74 000 visits by patients from other counties or countries
  • 97 300 admissions per year
  • 7000 admissions of patients from other counties or countries
  • 15 800 employees


  • 18.0 billion SEK budget 2016
  • 16,8 billion SEK budget 2015
  • 16.2 billion SEK budget 2014

Employees working with research and development

  • 2 600 researchers
  • 2 900 scientific articles published together with Karolinska Institutet