Public health and Covid-19 in Montenegro

Healthcare in Montenegro

Healthcare in Montenegro is rather above average in a worldwide comparison.

Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment, this age in Montenegro is 73.2 years for men and 78.8 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 3.7 years lower (men: 69.8 / women: 74.9 years).

A total of 735.16 USD per inhabitant is spent annually on health measures at state expense. This corresponds to approximately 8.3 percent of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,115.01 USD (~ 9.8% of the respective GDP).

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Spread of COVID-19 in Montenegro

Current incidence in the week ending 03/22/2023: 45.9 new infections per 100,000 population

Since the beginning of the pandemic until March 22nd, 2023, a total of 289,292 infected people and 2,808 deaths have been reported in Montenegro.

The total of 289,292 infected people currently represents 46.06 percent of the total population. The number of new infections during the seven days preceding March 22nd, 2023, was 288, for a 7-day incidence of 45.9 cases per 100,000 population. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, this results in a mortality rate of about 1.0 percent in Montenegro.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 523,735 vaccine doses have been administered as of December 4th, 2022. More recent data are not yet available to WHO. There are 272,152 people who have received at least one vaccination (43.8 percent).

251,583 of these are considered fully vaccinated in Montenegro (= 40.5 percent).
This puts Montenegro well behind in terms of vaccination coverage. The vaccination rate is higher in 167 countries.

Weight and size

Body height183 cm170 cm
Weight90.4 kg75.3 kg


MontenegroØ worldwide
Diabetes *9.00%8.81%
HIV / Aids0.01%0.03%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.

Child vaccinations

MontenegroØ worldwide
Hepatitis B0.05%0.08%
DTP *8.30%8.14%

* DTP is a combined basic vaccination against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, which should be given to children up to the age of 23 months.

In Montenegro, 31.4 percent of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
The number of underweight newborns is 5 percent.

Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 in MontenegroThe medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Montenegro is above average, but is not as good as the average within the EU. The country provides 3.9 hospital beds per 1,000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.9 beds. Within the EU, 4.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 1,450 physicians in Montenegro, there are about 2.33 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1,000 inhabitants and in the EU is 3.57.

Through medical care, the mortality rate of major known diseases can be reduced as far as possible. For example, only about 22 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently die.

Drinking water supply

Explanation of the graph:
Red line: access to water supply via wells or delivered drinking water
Green bars: Permanent access to running and tested drinking water connection

About 85 percent of the population has access to an immediately available, running drinking water supply. At least via springs and wells within a maximum distance of 30 minutes or supplied water, 99 peprcent of the population is supplied with largely clean drinking water. The population is thus better served than average. In a global comparison, only about 74 percent of the population has direct access to tested and always available drinking water. Within the European Union, this share is 98 percent. Only in a few countries does the proportion fall below 10 percent.


The above data correspond to the information from the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The case numbers for the spread of the COVID-19 come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

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