Health & Lifestyle

Helsinki pays bonus for doctors, to ease health centre symptoms

The City of Helsinki will pay a €1000 per month bonus to health centre doctors until the end of June 2020; and award a €250 per month permanent salary increase as well. It's part of a plan to overcome a...

Almost half of Lutheran pastors have a positive attitude towards euthanasia

A new study finds around half of Lutheran ministers in Finland have a positive attitude towards euthanasia - a stark contrast to the official position of the church which forbids assisted suicide. PhD researcher Miia Kontro from the University of Eastern...

Mental health charity expands its helpline service

The Mental Health Finland organisation Mieli is expanding the opening hours of its crisis phone service due to an increase in call volumes. Mieli says it will make the service available 24/7 on weekdays, and then extend to weekends as...

Drug and alcohol deaths up again in 2018

A record number of people died from drugs-related causes in Finland during 2018 - up more than 20% from the year before at 261 death. The number of deaths has increased three years in a row, according to the latest...

Drinking lingonberry juice could help heart health

Drinking lingonberry juice could have long term positive benefits on health by lowering bloody pressure and improving vascular functions. That's the findings of research by Anne Kivimäki from the University of Helsinki who discovered that foods high in a substance called...

Blood donation ban for gay men may be shortened in 2020

A year-long ban on donating blood for men who have sex with other men may be shortened in 2020. The Finnish Medicines Agency Fimea has launched an a review of its regulations which currently state that gay men have to...

Finns say they’re happier and more satisfied than other Europeans

Finns say they're happier and more satisfied with life in general, compared with other people in Europe. That's the findings of a recent survey from the European Statistical Office Eurostat. Overall, Europeans are generally happier now than they were five years...

Survey: More than 80% of Finns eat meat once a week

Despite growing calls for people to eat less meat, choose vegetarian or vegan options in the name name of preventing climate change, and movements like 'meat free Monday' it seems Finns are still heartily tucking into meat on a...

Antibiotic use in Finland declines, as bacteria resistance grows

The use of antibiotics in Finland continues to decline, while the number of bacteria resistant to antibiotics grows. That's the findings of the National institute for Health and Welfare THL which says the consumption of antibiotics has dropped an average...

Finland’s alcohol deaths drop dramatically over past two decades

The number of people in Finland who died from alcohol poisoning has dropped dramatically in the last 15 years. A new study carried out by researchers at the University of Helsinki and the National Institute of Health and Welfare THL...

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Jari Sillänpää child sex abuse trial begins at Helsinki court

Singer Jari Sillänpää, one of Finland's most popular and well-known entertainers, goes on trial Wednesday at Helsinki District Court. He's accused of sexually abusing a...

Haavisto heads to Washington; and still leads presidential poll

Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) is heading to Washington DC today for talks with his US counterpart Mike Pompeo. On the agenda for the two-day trip is...

Morning headlines: Wednesday 26th February 2020

Survey: Police don't have time to do their jobs properly The results of a new survey, released on Wednesday, paints a grim picture of the...

Coronavirus quarantine keeps Finns in Tenerife hotel lockdown

Almost two dozen Finns are among a thousand people quarantined at a hotel in the Canary Islands, after three guests were diagnosed with Coronavirus. The...

‘Woodsman’ in court appealing his fourth murder conviction

A convicted killer known as the 'Woodsman' is back in court this week, appealing his latest conviction for murdering a career criminal he first...

Political groups suspend contacts with Finns Party Youth over fascism concerns

The youth organisations of seven Finnish political parties say they're suspending cooperation with the Finns Party Youth Group over concerns about how predominant fascism...

Employment rate – and unemployment rate – up in January

Finland's employment rate and unemployment rates both rose in January, compared with a year before. The government's target of 75% employment looks a step closer...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 25th February 2020

Ministry to consider funding implications for Finns Party Youth 'fascist' video The Ministry of Education and Culture tells News Now Finland a video by a senior Finns...