Farm contact in infancy protects from allergies and improves lung function

The farming environment in early childhood may protect from asthma and allergies in adulthood. It may also improve lung function. Farm animal contact, especially, has positive effects, according to Jussi Lampi, Researcher at THL.

UN Post-2015 Development Goals: Towards Sustainable Development

Relating to the Post-2015 Development Agenda Finland has been working to define the national goals. These should meet the challenges of this era, such as poverty eradication, sustainable development and climate change, as well as include a finance strategy. Working against discrimination and promoting the rights of all minorities are key priorities on the Finnish agenda.


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Chronic diseases

This site collates the information THL produces on the most common chronic disease in Finland. These include asthma and allergies, diabetes, memory disorders, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer. The site also includes practical tools, such as the FINRISK calculator which anyone can use to calculate their risk of cardiovascular diseases.

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SOTKAnet SOTKAnet Statistics and Indicator Bank contains comprehensive statistical information on welfare and health in Finland.


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TEAviisari TEAviisari is an online service that depicts municipalities' activity in promoting their inhabitants' health.


International affairs

International co-operation plays a key role in the daily work of  THL. THL's experts and researchers operate within the strategic frameworks of international acitivites set by the management group.

The International Affairs Unit is a non-profit, expert organisation specialised in health and social sector development.

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