Norway

Key statistics and data collected from MSIF's Atlas of MS

The latest edition of the Atlas of MS shows there are 2.8 million people living with multiple sclerosis around the world.

The Atlas of MS is a powerful advocacy tool for MS organisations and advocates to drive policy changes that can remove obstacles for people with MS and their families in their country. The data is a key way of shining a spotlight on MS to increase awareness and understanding around the world.

Who is affected?

Who is affected?

32

years is the global average age of an MS diagnosis. Data is not available on the age of diagnosis for this country.

Women with MS

69%

of people with MS in the world are women. Data is not available on the proportion of men and women who have MS for this country

Number of people with MS?

Number of people with MS

2.8 million

people are living with MS across the globe. Data on the number of people diagnosed with MS is not available for this country.

Children with MS

30,000

people under 18 years are diagnosed with MS in the 47 countries that were able to provide pediatric data. Information on pediatric MS is not available for this country.

Diagnosis of MS?

Diagnosis of MS

300*

people are diagnosed with MS across the globe each day - that's one person every 5 minutes. Data on the number of people diagnosed each year are not available for this country.
* number based on 75 reporting countries

Diagnosed with MS

85%

of people across the globe are initially diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS. 12% have progressive MS at diagnosis and for 3% the type is unknown at diagnosis. Data on the type of MS people have at initial diagnosis is not available for this country.

MS neurologists

MS neurologists

15,269

neurologists who specialise in MS across the globe. This means globally there is 1 MS neurologist for every 153 people with MS. There is no data for the number of neurologists who specialise in MS for the country.

MS nurses

MS nurses

5,405

nurses who specialise in MS across the globe. This means globally there is 1 MS nurse for every 416 people with MS. There is no data for the number of nurses who specialise in MS for the country.

Note that whilst MS neurologists and MS nurses specialise in the care of people with MS, they are also likely to support people with other neurological conditions, which is not captured in our data.
Disease

Disease modifying therapies used to treat MS

In the Atlas of MS we categorise on-label DMTs into three classes: moderate efficacy, good efficacy and high efficacy. Countries should aim to have access to a range of DMTs so that people with MS have options to suit their disease course and individual circumstances.

On-label DMTs used by efficacy category

High efficacy

Good efficacy

Moderate efficacy

Usage of on-label DMTs is unknown for this country

Off-label DMTs used

Usage of off-label DMTs is unknown for this country
DMT used in this country
DMT not used in this country
DMTs that have been licensed specifically for MS are referred to as 'on-label'. Please note on and off-label here refers to the regulatory status in the majority of countries.

What is the Atlas of MS?

The Atlas of MS is the most comprehensive worldwide study of the epidemiology of MS and the global availability and accessibility of resources for people with MS.

2020 worldwide study

The data shows that the number of people with MS across the globe has increased from 2.3 million in 2013 to 2.8 million in 2020 and highlights the many barriers and inequalities that people with MS face in accessing diagnosis, treatment and care. Download the reports to see the full findings and recommendations or download the full dataset if you would like to conduct your own analysis comparing multiple countries.

Powerful tool for change

The information in the Atlas of MS can be a powerful advocacy tool, shining a spotlight on MS and raising awareness of the lack of adequate resources available to diagnose, inform, treat, rehabilitate and support people with MS worldwide.

With thanks to…

Worldwide collaboration

The Atlas of MS relies on data supplied by MS organisations from around the world. We are most grateful to the country coordinators and their colleagues for taking the time and effort to gather the information and data.

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This 3rd edition of the Atlas of MS shines a spotlight on the barriers to accessing diagnosis and disease modifying therapies around the world. These issues are particularly evident in low and middle income countries but high income countries are not exempt. This report highlights the need for major policy changes to ensure early diagnosis and improved access to a range of treatments, to guarantee the best possible outcomes for people with MS. Information from the Atlas of MS should be used to guide policy-makers, health planners and specialists, in order to close the gaps in care, decrease inequities globally and provide a better future for people with MS and their families.

Professor Mai Sharawy
Professor of Neuro-Ophthalmology at Cairo University – Egypt.
Founder of MS Care and Chair of MSIF Board