Finlands National Institute for Health and Welfare

Finlands National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) studies and monitors and develops measures to promote the well-being and health of the population in Finland. THL gathers and produce information based on research and statistics and provide expertise and solutions, which our stakeholders can use in support of their decision-making and other work. THL serves various parties in a number of ways: the government, municipal and provincial decision-makers, actors in the social welfare and health sector, organisations, the research community and the public and helps its customers and partners to secure a good life for Finns in a fair but dynamic welfare society.


A gene linked to job-related exhaustion in shift workers also increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease

A Finnish study published in the respected SLEEP journal shows that a variation in the melatonin receptor 1A (MTNR1A) gene is linked to the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in the elderly. The same research team has previously demonstrated that the same genetic variation reduces tolerance to shift work among the […]


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 […]