Another Strong Year for Karolinska University Hospital


"We did a fantastic job, and we did it together." What Karolinska has achieved in 2021 is remarkable and would not have been possible without staff who are among the very best in the world.

Another Strong Year for Karolinska University Hospital

Achieve together

As a university hospital we must always evolve, and always focus on what we are here to do: care for patients, conduct research, and educate.

Being at the front line of a pandemic while caring for all other patients and continuing to be a leader in research and education is probably the most difficult task our hospital has ever faced.

Here, some highlights that you can find more about in our Annual Review:

  • The pandemic has strongly impacted Karolinska throughout 2021. In all our different divisions, the ability to adapt has been impressive. Also an unprecedented surge in pediatric infectious disease admissions meant we had to take extraordinary measures.
  • We have cared for more patients from other regions than in previous years.
  • Karolinska overdelivered vs Region Stockholm’s commission, 102.1 per cent.
  • High production levels have led to a financial surplus of SEK 740 million for 2021. Stable finances provide the conditions to invest in equipment and staff.
  • Karolinska continues to deliver world-class medical outcomes: Top open heart surgery results, is one of many examples.
  • The magazine Newsweek has ranked Karolinska as one of the world’s top ten hospitals; we are ranked seventh in the world and second in Europe.
  • We have a started a transition to simplify our processes, shift responsibility and authority to those who care for our patients and reduce bureaucracy.