Health & Lifestyle

Finland’s Somali community uses soap opera and TV talk show in coronavirus awareness push

Members of Finland's Somali community are using a home-made soap opera, and a fact-driven TV talk show in their public health toolbox to promote greater Covid-19 awareness. Harnessing the power of television is just one aspect of a project called...

THL says getting a flu shot is “especially important” this year

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL is advising that it’s more important for people to get a seasonal flu shot now, to help protect them during the coronavirus epidemic. Some municipalities have already started offering the influenza vaccines,...

Stay at home: Mass coronavirus exposure at Jyväskylä school

More than 170 teachers and staff at a school in Jyväskylä have been told to quarantine this week after a coronavirus mass exposure incident. It happened at Keski-Paloka school, with parents getting a message late Sunday evening advising them about...

Ministry: Regional measures have slowed the spread of coronavirus

Experts from the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs say the growth in the number of new Covid-19 cases in Finland has slowed down compared to last week - and attribute it to regional measures taking effect. At a Thursday...

THL considering new restrictions on hobby sports, as coronavirus cases increase

Public health officials say they're considering new restrictions on hobby sports for adults, which have a high risk of spreading Covid-19. The announcement came at a briefing by experts from the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL on Tuesday...

New coronavirus rules: Work from home, restrict leisure activities and no parties for more than 10 people

The government has unveiled new recommendations on how to slow the spread of Covid-19 as the number of cases increases in all parts of the country. The headline advice is that all public sector employees should work remotely until January...

THL: Coronavirus hospital admissions “more than doubled” since 1st October

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL says the number of new coronavirus cases has "increased significantly" in the last month and that the number of patients in hospital "has more than doubled since the end of September." Although...

Thousands of Finns quit smoking during coronvirus pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has had one positive effect - with thousands of Finns quitting smoking during the outbreak already this year. A new poll released on Monday, conducted by the anti-smoking organisation Suomen ASH, found that 15% of people who...

Koronavilkku app now available in English for Android and iPhone

The Koronavilkku track and trace app has released a new update, adding English to the existing Finnish and Swedish language options. Although many Android and iPhone models will download, update and switch language automatically to English if that's the default...

Coronavirus update: “The growth in positive tests is concerning”

The Chief Physician at Finland's Institute of Health and Welfare THL says there's real concern over the increasing number of people testing positive for coronavirus. Speaking at a Thursday morning briefing Taaneli Puumalainen says that a month ago in Finland there...

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GALLERY: Discovering Finland’s urban wildlife residents

How well do you know your neighbours? No, not your human neighbours, but the other animals that share our cities, towns and villages with...

Morning headlines: Friday 15th January 2020

Cold snap continues across the country  A cold front with some extremely chilly temperatures continues across most of central, southern and eastern Finland on Friday...

Morning headlines: Thursday 14th January 2021

Coronavirus update: No new restrictions expected today Public health officials, and Minister Krista Kiuru (SDP) will give a coronavirus update on Thursday morning but are not...

Morning headlines: Wednesday 13th January 2021

Southern snow storm continues, as temperatures drop A snowstorm that swept through southern Finland in the last 36 hours continues on Wednesday, although snow will...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 12th January 2021

Snow storm brings dangerous driving conditions, power outages A snowstorm sweeping across western and southern Finland on Tuesday brings dangerous driving conditions to roads and...

Morning headlines: Monday 11th January 2021

Exceptionally heavy snowfall on the way from Monday night Meteorologists are warning of "exceptional" levels of snowfall with up to 30-40cm of accumulated snow forecast...

Morning headlines: Friday 8th January 2021

Minister calls for faster vaccine delivery from EU Minister of Family and Basic Services Krista Kiuru (SDP) has written to the EU's Health Commissioner calling for...

Morning headlines: Thursday 7th January 2021

Finnish leaders react to American political violence  Finnish leaders have reacted to a night of political violence in America, when armed supporters of US President...