Health & Lifestyle

Vaccination numbers down “significantly” due to pandemic 

The number of infants being inoculated with all types of vaccines is lower than a year ago, and in some healthcare districts coverage of rotavirus vaccine, pneumococcal vaccine and the 5-in-1 vaccine which gives protection against diptheria, tetanus, whooping...

Change of advice on coronavirus tests as capacity increases

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL is now advising anyone with coronavirus symptoms to get a test. This is a change of direction from earlier official advice at the start of the pandemic, which said anyone with mild...

Dozens of Helsinki hospital staff infected with coronavirus

Dozens of staff at one of the main Helsinki hospitals treating coronavirus patients have themselves tested positive for the virus. Since mid-March 65 employees at the capital's Laakso Hospital have been confirmed with Covid-19, with half of the infections detected...

Coronavirus and the over-70s: “I’m afraid. The hardest part is psychological I think”

Older people in Finland, faced with continued restrictions on social contact, need more instructions on how to safeguard their physical and mental health in the coming months. That's the message from former minister and diplomat Ole Norrback, Chairman of the Swedish...

Deaths in Finland down during April, despite coronavirus pandemic

Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there hasn't been any increase in the overall number of people dying in the country according to new figures from Statistics Finland. Preliminary information shows that deaths during the last week of April were lower...

Coronavirus: Finns met 75% fewer people than normal during April

There's no doubt that coronavirus, and the restrictions imposed to slow the spread of infections around the country, have had a profound impact on the way we live our lives day to day. One new figure shows just how much...

Divided science leads to confusion over children’s school safety

Students are set to return to school on 14th May after nearly two months of forced distance learning. The government's decision to re-start classes was made after Finnish public health officials determined there was no great risk for children becoming...

Fimea bans sale and marketing of rapid coronavirus home testing kit

The Finnish Medicines Agency Fimea has issued an immediate ban on marketing and selling a coronavirus home testing kit. The kits were being offered by the Finnish website testerit.fi, with a price tag of €200 each. The company had repackaged...

Finnish researchers looking at anti-rejection drugs for coronavirus treatment

Researchers at the Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District and the University of Helsinki are collaborating on a project to see whether anti-rejection drugs, used in transplant patients, could protect against Covid-19, or prevent the development of a severe form...

Doctors lack protection and have problems getting Covid-19 tests

Doctors in Finland are facing shortages of personal protective equipment at work when treating coronavirus patients according to a new survey carried out by the Finnish Medical Association Lääkäriliitto of more than 8,500 doctors. Thirty percent of respondents say there's...

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Finns Party cuts ties with MP who posted racist meme online

The Finns Party Parliamentary Group says it is cutting ties with MP Ano Turtiainen after he posted a racist meme on Twitter on Wednesday, mocking...

Record high amphetamine levels and drug-drive offenses

Researchers have found record high levels of amphetamines in capital region wastewater – a level which has continued to grow even during coronavirus lockdown...

Flags and flyovers commemorate Defence Forces Day

Flags have been run up flag poles around the country on Thursday morning to mark Defence Forces Day. The date commemorates the birthday of Carl...

Morning headlines: Thursday 4th June 2020

Record high amphetamine levels in capital wastewater Researchers have found record high levels of amphetamines in capital region wastewater - which has continued to grow...

No mandatory masks – but government says the are times to consider wearing them

After several months without a decision, and conflicting advice from officially-appointed panels of experts, the Finnish Government has finally decided they won't make it...

Minister to repay €50,000 media training money

Minister of Finance Katri Kulmuni (Centre) is to repay more than €50,000 invoiced to two ministries for media training. Suomen Kuvalehti first reported that Kulmuni had...

Thousands turn out for Helsinki Black Lives Matter rally

Thousands of people joined a rally in Helsinki to support the Black Lives Matter movement in America, to protest the death of George Floyd...

Supercell donates to Black Lives Matter funds

Finnish gaming company Supercell says it will be donating an undisclosed amount of money to anti-racism organisations in the USA, as protests continue across...