Finlands Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

Finlands Ministry of Social Affairs and Health manages the preparation and implementation of Finland’s social welfare and health care policy, gender equality policy and occupational safety and health policy. The purpose of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health is to ensure that everyone has equal opportunity to lead a healthy and safe life. The duties of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health are to promote the health and functional capacity of the population, to promote healthy workplace and living environments, to ensure sufficient social welfare and health care services, to safeguard a reasonable income at various stages in life, and to promote gender equality.


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 […]


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


Develop an application for Kanta PHR – soon citizens can share their own wellbeing information with doctors by mobile phone

In the future, it will be possible for citizens to save their own wellbeing information in the My Kanta Pages Personal Heath Record (Kanta PHR) using various applications. It will be possible to save blood pressure and exercise monitoring data, for example, in the service using a mobile application. In […]


Working group: The reform of the Lotteries Act must intensify prevention of gambling problems

The focus of gambling policies should be moved more towards prevention of gambling problems. When the second phase of the reform of the Lotteries Act gets underway, more emphasis should be placed on the prevention of problems. A national programme is needed to reinforce gambling policies. The programme should be […]