Social policy is the key to Africa's sustainable development

Vast natural resources and rapid economic growth have not translated into well-being of the African people. Social policy is now the key to socially sustainable development in Africa, writes Ronald Wiman in THL's blog.
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Electronic cigarette use is low in Finland

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have not become popular among the Finnish adult population. Their use is most common among smokers under the age of 35. Extensive global marketing of e-cigarettes may increase their popularity even among non-smokers.


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Environmental Health

The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) provides policy-makers and municipalities with information on key environmental health risks and on assessments of prevention alternatives. Environmental health research aims to ensure that everyone in Finland can eat, drink and breath, move about, and use consumer products without risking their health.

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


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28–30 August, 2014, Helsinki, Finland

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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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