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.


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 […]


In the future, health information can be shared directly via your mobile phone to your physician – will it soon be possible to monitor even gestational diabetes without needing to fill in paper forms?

“Oh no! Not gestational diabetes again! As if I wasn’t busy enough with other things as it is. Now I will need to monitor my blood sugar levels and also keep a record of what I’m eating. Luckily, I no longer need to measure the blood sugar level from my […]


Confidential personal information was publicly available online

Confidential personal information was leaked online from the National Institute for Health and Welfare. The National Institute for Health and Welfare was informed about the incident by the Office of the Data Protection Ombudsman.  The information was removed from the internet immediately upon discovering what had happened. As a result […]