Health & Lifestyle

Turku plans free contraception for under 25s

Turku has become the latest Finnish city to recommend free contraception for young people under the age of 25. The city council's Social and Health Committee voted to approve €400,000 in the budget to provide free contraceptive pills, implants or...

Balanced diet: uneaten food a problem for school children

Is your child eating all of their lunch at school? A new study by the National Institute of Health and Wellness THL finds that many children don't eat everything on their plate. The new research finds only 7% of sixth grade...

Just The Tip: Gonorrhea Leads The Way With Sex Infections On The Rise

The number of gonorrhea infections in Finland has risen more than 30% in recent years, according to new research by the National Institute for Health and Welfare THL. Statistics show that in 2015 there were just 208 gonorrhea infections, but...

Ukraine Adopts Finland’s Baby Box

Ukraine has become the latest country to introduce a baby box for all newborns, modeled on the original Finnish concept. From 1st September, all families with new babies are entitled to receive the package, which has contents with a value...

New Children’s Hospital Opens

President Sauli Niinistö has officially opened a new children's hospital in Helsinki. The project, on Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District's Meilahti campus, was financed by public funds as well as donations from private individuals and businesses. The new facility will treat...

Helsinki Drops Off ‘Most Liveable Cities’ Top 10

Helsinki has dropped off The Economist Intelligence Unit's list of the world's most liveable cities. The Finnish capital had been in the top 10 since 2015, and last year ranked at number 9. However, in the latest report published today, Helsinki...

Young People In Finland Drinking Less Alcohol

The amount of alcohol that young people in Finland drink each year continues to fall. That's according to the latest information out today from the National Institute for Health and Welfare THL. Research shows there are three major reasons why the...

Finland’s Low Birth Rate A ‘Threat To Social Sustainability’

Finns are having fewer and fewer children, with the country's birth rate now at an historical low. And the Families Minister Annika Saarikko (Centre) says the low birth rate is a threat to social sustainability. Childbirths are decreasing in larger...

What’s In The Box? Finnish Babies Get New Clothes For 2018

Babies in Finland will be looking more stylish than ever with practical new items in this year's baby box. The latest maternity package was unveiled in Helsinki today by the Social Insurance Institution Kela. There's 64 different products in the brightly...

‘Happy Immigrants’ Boost Finland To Top Of World Happiness Index

Finland has jumped from 5th place to 1st place in the new annual World Happiness Index compiled by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Norway had topped the 2017 happiness index but Finland moved up four spots to knock them...

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Minister: Policy u-turn on electronic ankle tags for failed asylum seekers

The government has indicated a change in policy, and now says asylum seekers who had their applications rejected won't have to wear electronic ankle...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 7th July 2020

New coronavirus tracing app aims to balance privacy concerns A contact tracing app which is being rolled out in Finland at the beginning of September ...

Finland’s new coronavirus tracing app aims to balance privacy concerns

A contact tracing app which is being rolled out in Finland at the beginning of September  aims to balance privacy concerns with usefulness, after...

Warning as Tallinn cruise passengers exposed to coronavirus

Authorities are urging anyone who took a Silja Europa cruise to Tallinn from 30th June to 1st July to get a Covid-19 test even...

Kela backlog for callers to foreign language helplines

Finland's social security agency Kela says its foreign language helplines are getting so many calls that there's a long backlog for help, with many...

New recruits enlist with coronavirus restrictions in place

Some 12,000 new recruits are starting their military conscription today, and this year the coronavirus crisis brings some changes to their training. Most of the...

Tampere police investigate weekend homicide

Police in Tampere say they're investigating a homicide, attempted homicide and aggravated assault following an incident in the city's Haapalinna neighbourhood. It happened on Saturday...

Flags are flying for poet Eino Leino

Flags are flying in Finland today to celebrate summer, and for revered Finnish poet Eino Leino. The young poet, born towards the end of the 19th...