Health & Lifestyle

Red Cross appeals for blood donations during coronavirus epidemic

The Finnish Red Cross Blood Service Veripalvelu is reminding people that it still needs donations of blood even during the coronavirus crisis. Finland needs hundreds of blood donors every day during normal times, and although there is less need for...

Face masks: Import debacle highlights the need for domestic production

A debacle over face masks ordered from China which failed quality control tests, has highlighted the need for more reliable ways of getting protective equipment to Finland's frontline medical staff. The multi-million euro deal was for 230,000 high grade surgical...

Fimea joins EU stocktaking in case of possible medicines shortage

The Finnish Medicines Agency Fimea says it is preparing for any possible shortage of medicines used to treat patients in hospital with coronavirus symptoms. A letter sent last week from the EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Stella Kyriakides...

Nationwide antibody testing programme begins

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL is launching a coronavirus antibody testing study, to see how far the virus might have spread among the general population, in all age groups and locations. Antibodies are formed when someone has...

“The risks are very high” as first shipment of protective equipment arrives from China

A shipment of protective face masks has arrived in Finland from China to better equip healthcare workers tackling the coronavirus epidemic. Pallets with two million face masks, and 230,000 higher grade surgical masks, arrived in Helsinki from Quangzhou China on...

Åland medical capacity being boosted with mainland doctors

Doctors and nurses from Turku are being sent to Mariehamn to support local healthcare services, as cross-border restrictions lead to staff shortages in Åland. Around a quarter of doctors and nurses working at Åland Central Hospital live in Sweden, with...

THL launches national coronvirus research project 

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL is launching a new national project to gather more data about people who have coronavirus. Researchers are looking to see whether individual factors like lifestyle or hereditary health conditions play a part...

First coronavirus cases detected in Finnish nursing homes

The first confirmed cases of coronavirus have been detected in Finnish nursing homes. Three elderly residents have died at a care home in the Ylä-Savon Health District - which covers Iislami, Kiuruvesi, Sonkajärvi and Vieremä - and authorities say they've...

Coronavirus advice letters begin to arrive in homes

An information pack from the government and health authorities about coronavirus has begun to arrive in homes. It's part of the government's wider outreach to Finnish residents, and has been prepared by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. The...

THL: Coronavirus risk varies from region to region

The Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare THL says the risk of coronavirus in Finland varies from region to region. The most at-risk people are those over 70 years of age or with a disease that impairs lung or heart...

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Closing time: eased restrictions on bars and restaurants come too late for some businesses

A decision to ease restrictions and allow restaurants, cafes and bars to re-open this week is welcome news for many in the industry eager...

Morning headlines: Monday 1st June 2020

Coronavirus restrictions eased today  Restrictions put in place over the last several months to slow the spread of coronavirus in Finland are being eased today....

Three Isis-linked Finnish families arrive from al-Hol refugee camp

Three Finnish families, women and children, arrived in Finland on Sunday from the al-Hol refugee camp in northern Syria. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms...

Everything changes: Your guide to coronavirus life in Finland from 1st June

On Monday 1st June there is a whole range of new rules, regulations and recommendations coming into play as coronavirus restrictions are eased. While the...

Foreign Minister: Finland engages with China and America on problem subjects

Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) says that Finland will be taking opportunities in the coming months to press China and the USA to live...

Coronavirus round-up: Friday 29th May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: Latest virus figures from THL New guidelines: yes, it's okay to travel around...

New guidelines: Yes, it’s okay to travel around the country

New guidelines issued by the Government on Friday confirm that yes, domestic travel is allowed again, as long as people take sensible precautions. There had...

Parliament approves new rules to open restaurants, cafes and bars

Parliament and the President approved new temporary amendments to the Communicable Diseases Act on Friday, which makes it possible for restaurants, bars and cafes...