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Pharmacy Statistics

The Bureau of Statistics of the Estonian State Agency of Medicines has the responsibility to collect data from pharmacies concerning their sphere of activity. The pharmacy statistics based on the quarterly reports of general, hospital and veterinary pharmacies.

Number of Pharmacies

In Estonia, there are three types of pharmacies: general pharmacies, hospital pharmacies and veterinary pharmacies. Pharmacies may have branch pharmacies and a pharmacy-bus as structural units. Licensed general pharmacies can also offer the e-pharmacy service.

No of pharmacies in the beginning of the year







General pharmacies







Hospital pharmacies







Veterinary pharmacies







Overviews of Pharmacy Statistics 

The total turnover of pharmacies has increased during 20 years. In 2022, the total turnover of all pharmacies and their branch pharmacies was 643 million euros.

Turnover of pharmacies 2002-2022

More information:

The overviews describing the professional activities of pharmacies based on the quarterly reports here

Activity licenses of pharmacies here.

The location of pharmacies here.

In the beginning of 2022, the activity licences had been issued to 500 pharmacies:

  • 476 general pharmacies, including 97 branch pharmacies;
  • 23 hospital pharmacies, including 1 branch pharmacy;
  • 1 veterinary pharmacy.
Number of inhabitants per pharmacy,

in the beginning of 2022 in major cities and counties compared to the Estonian average

​General Pharmacies

The turnover of general pharmacies includes sales of medicines and sales of other products. The turnover of medicines includes sales of non-prescription medicines, prescription medicines and veterinary medicines. The other products sold in pharmacies include hygiene products, medical supplies, medical equipment, food additives, cosmetics etc. In 2022, the proportion of medicines and other products of total turnover was 71% (359 million euros) and 29% (147 million euros), respectively, in general pharmacies.

Turnover of general pharmacies in 2018–2022

The turnover of prescription medicines can in turn be divided into turnover of medicines reimbursed by the Estonian Health Insurance Fund (EHIF) or not.

Turnover of reimbursed medicines in general pharmacies in 2018–2022

In 2022, 11.6 million prescriptions were handled in general pharmacies. The prescriptions reimbursed by EHIF has the largest proportion (9.8 million prescriptions), and the number of prescriptions without discounts was 1.7 million.

Prescriptions handled by general pharmacies in 2022

 Hospital Pharmacies

In 2022, the total turnover of hospital pharmacies was 137 million euros, with an increase by 3% in total (calculated without VAT).

Turnover of hospital pharmacies in 2018–2022

The turnover of medicines in general and hospital pharmacies was 458 million euros, in 2022. The expenditure on medicines per inhabitant per year was 344 euros in total. The average amount spent by an inhabitant of Estonia on medicines was 125 euros per year. Compared to 2021, the expenditure on prescription medicines increased 10% and the expenditure on non-prescription medicines 20%.

Expenditure on medicines per inhabitant per year, in 2018–2022

Last updated: 24.03.2023