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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Finnair begins new round of layoff talks today

Finnair is starting additional layoff talks today involving more than 6,000 staff. Although the national carrier has announced a return to around 30% of its...

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...