Country Correspondent: Ulrika Winblad

Because of the overuse of antibiotics, antimicrobial resistance is increasing around the world. In Sweden, however, antibiotic prescribing decreased by 23 percent between 2007 and 2017 in terms of daily doses per inhabitant. The decrease among children, 43 percent, was particularly large. Changes to physician behavior, in response to national and regional policies, have been credited with this reduction. Changing public perceptions of antibiotics also may have made it easier for physicians not to prescribe them when they are not indicated.