Health & Lifestyle

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...

More funding for coronavirus vaccine research

Finland is joining two international organisations working to find a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, and contributing €5 million in total funding to help their efforts The money is going to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations CEPI, and the...

New ‘Finland Forward’ campaign promotes positive mental health

President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) appeared together - but separately - at a Friday afternoon press conference. The pair announced a new initiative called 'Finland Forward' which aims to support the mental wellbeing of the nation during the coronavirus...

Concern over rise in coronavirus cases among Somali community

Healthcare officials in the Finnish capital have expressed their concerns about the rise in numbers of Somali-speaking residents testing positive for coronavirus. So far nearly 200 cases have been confirmed, which the City of Helsinki says translates to 1.8% of...

More face masks arriving from China, as two Supply Agency staff are suspended

Two members of the management team at the National Emergency Supply Agency NESA have been suspended from their positions while an investigation is carried out into the purchase of faulty medical face masks. The Director of NESA Tomi Lounema already...

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Children in low-income families hit hardest by coronavirus stresses

Children in low-income Finnish families have been impacted by the stresses of the coronavirus crisis more than children from wealthier households. A new survey from...

Morning headlines: Monday 25th May 2020

Children from low-income families impacted most by coronavirus crisis Many children from low-income families are facing fears about the coronavirus crisis, and are concerned about...

PM forced to release coronavirus papers after accusations of secrecy

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) has been forced to order the release of papers that show how an expert committee handled coronavirus deliberations, after being...

Karita Mattila: Opera diva, interrupted

Overture. Opera singer Karita Mattila is as energetic on the telephone as you would imagine from scrolling through her up-beat Twitter feed. "Oh no! I've called...

Coronavirus round-up: Friday 22nd May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: No new coronavirus deaths reported on Friday President criticises eurozone Covid-19 bailouts Crisis...

Finns get comfortable and relax during lockdown

Finns are getting comfortable and relaxing at home during the coronavirus lockdown, spending more money on spa treatments and leisure wear clothing according to...

President criticises eurozone coronavirus recovery bailouts

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö has used the launch of his Kultaranta summer discussion event to criticise the idea of bailing out eurozone countries during the...

Crisis impacts Finland’s buying and renting house markets

The coronavirus crisis is having a negative impact on Finland's housing market. Mortgage credit association Hypo says it could lead to a 2% fall in...