Finland

Health care in Finland consists of a highly decentralized three-level publicly-funded healthcare system and a much smaller private sector. Although the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has the highest decision-making authority, the municipalities (local governments) are responsible for providing healthcare to their residents. Finland offers its residents universal healthcare. The prevenion od diseases and other types of health promotion have been the main focus of Finnish healthcare policies for decades. That has resulted in the eradication of certain communicable diseases and improvement in the health of population. The quality of service in Finnish healthcare is considered to be good; according to a survey published by the European Commission in 2000, Finland belongs to the top five countries in satisfaction: 88% of Finnish respondents were satisfied, compared with the EU average of 41.3%.


Minister Mattila appointed to the WHO High-Level Commission of Noncommunicable Diseases

Pirkko Mattila, Minister of Social Affairs and Health, was appointed to the WHO High-Level Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs). President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö will co-chair the Commission, together with the Heads of State of Uruguay and Sri Lanka.NCDs include, for example, cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diseases of the respiratory […]


Risk of suicide among hospitalised patients with depression decreases by half in Finland

The risk of death by suicide among patients with depression who have undergone psychiatric inpatient treatment has significantly decreased since 1991. These are the results of a large Finnish cohort study, which tracked 56,826 patients who had been hospitalised for depression for the first time between 1991 and 2011. The […]


Working group to investigate the restricting of cross-border distance selling of alcoholic beverages

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has appointed a working group to investigate the restricting of cross-border distance selling of alcoholic beverages and to draw up proposals for new rules. In completing its task, the working group must take account of the conditions set by the Finnish Parliament. The […]


Action plan for the Istanbul Convention for 2018-2021 completed

Over the coming years, violence against women and threat of violence will be prevented through more than 40 measures. This work will be carried out in several administrative branches together with non-governmental organisations. The objectives will be achieved, for example, by developing cooperation, support services for victims and treatment programmes […]


The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health finances a new action programme to prevent female genital mutilation

he Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has granted a separate appropriation of EUR 80,000 to support the preparation and implementation of a new action programme to prevent female genital mutilation. The previous action programme covered the years 2012–2016.Compilation of an action programme against mutilation is included in the plan […]


Ministry of Social Affairs and Health finances the Current Care Guideline for suicide prevention

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (STM) has granted a separate appropriation of EUR 80,000 to the Finnish Medical Society Duodecim, to be used for drawing up a Current Care Guideline on suicide prevention for healthcare professionals. Creating a new guideline is always labour-intensive, and it is estimated that […]


You are welcome to participate in the competition: design a new wellbeing application – Funding of EUR 500,000 reserved

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has launched a design competition for application developers. The objective of the competition is to find new kinds of health and wellbeing applications that could be connected to the My Kanta pages Personal Health Record (Kanta PRH).Purpose of the competition