Health & Lifestyle

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...

Finland vows to increase coronavirus testing, beefs up crisis coordination unit

The Finnish Government says it will increase coronavirus testing, and strengthen the crisis coordination unit that's taking the lead on tackling the pandemic. At a Wednesday press conference, Minister of Social Services Krista Kiuru (SDP) says that public health authorities will...

Coronavirus latest: 1,384 confirmed cases, 17 deaths in Finland so far

The Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare THL says there have been 1,384 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Finland. That's an increase of 71 cases from the day before. There have also been 17 patients who died from the virus,...

Private companies pay for 18,000 coronavirus tests to be done in South Korea

A group of big Finnish companies, lead by private healthcare provider Mehiläinen, is paying to send 18,000 samples from Finland to a laboratory in South Korea for coronavirus testing. The first batch of tests will go on a Finnair flight...

Government considers mandatory quarantine for returning airline passengers

The government and health officials are considering whether to use hotels near to Helsinki Airport as sites to quarantine returning passengers. Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson (SFP) and the CEO of the Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District Juha Tuominen said in a Thursday...

Helsinki University researchers help develop Covid-19 antibody test

Researchers at the University of Helsinki, working in collaboration with scientists in America, have helped develop an antibody test for the novel coronavirus. The test will be able to tell who has already had Covid-19 by detecting antibodies in blood samples...

Coronavirus round-up: Friday 20th March 2020

Here's our evening round-up of coronavirus news from Finland: 450 confirmed cases of Covid-19 Government unveils €15 billion bailout package Finland's small businesses already hard hit by coronavirus outbreak Finnair gets €600 million funding boost More money for police,...

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VR ending ticket sales, laying off staff at five mainline stations

Finnish railways operator VR is to end ticket sales at five mainline stations, and potentially making 13 staff unemployed. Dedicated VR ticket sales offices at...

Minister: Policy u-turn on electronic ankle tags for failed asylum seekers

The government has indicated a change in policy, and now says asylum seekers who had their applications rejected won't have to wear electronic ankle...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 7th July 2020

New coronavirus tracing app aims to balance privacy concerns A contact tracing app which is being rolled out in Finland at the beginning of September ...

Finland’s new coronavirus tracing app aims to balance privacy concerns

A contact tracing app which is being rolled out in Finland at the beginning of September  aims to balance privacy concerns with usefulness, after...

Warning as Tallinn cruise passengers exposed to coronavirus

Authorities are urging anyone who took a Silja Europa cruise to Tallinn from 30th June to 1st July to get a Covid-19 test even...

Kela backlog for callers to foreign language helplines

Finland's social security agency Kela says its foreign language helplines are getting so many calls that there's a long backlog for help, with many...

New recruits enlist with coronavirus restrictions in place

Some 12,000 new recruits are starting their military conscription today, and this year the coronavirus crisis brings some changes to their training. Most of the...

Tampere police investigate weekend homicide

Police in Tampere say they're investigating a homicide, attempted homicide and aggravated assault following an incident in the city's Haapalinna neighbourhood. It happened on Saturday...