Kasvun kumppanit
Promoting the well-being of children

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About the site

As from 1 January 2009, the National Public Health Institute (KTL) and the National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health (STAKES) form the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). The website of the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) is located at www.thl.fi.

The website thl.fi also includes subsites such as Infectious diseases, Kasvun kumppanit (Promoting the Well-being of Children), Kaventaja (Reducing Inequalities in Health and Wellbeing), Lastenneuvolakäsikirja, Neuvoa-antavat (Alcohol and Drugs Intervention), Piste tapaturmille! (Accident Prevention), Portilasturvallisuutta taidolla (Patient Safety), and Rokottajan käsikirja.

User interface

The website is best viewed at 1024 x 768 resolution or higher. The text content is also readable with smaller resolutions.

The different sections of the website can be accessed through the horizontal navigation bar. Below the navigation bar you will find a "breadcrumb trail", which shows where you are within the structure of the website. Navigation within each section takes place through the menu in the left column. The contents of each page are can be viewed in the mid column while the right-hand column provides more detailed information and related links.

The top of each page contains links to the Finnish and Swedish pages, a quick search function and links to the advanced search and site map. At the bottom of each page, you find THL’s address and the feedback link.

Search functions

The quick search function for the website can be found top right on each page. The advanced search, accessed via the link below the quick search field, allows you to add further search criteria.


The link "Printable page" usually found at the end of the text section on each page allows you to print pages from the website.


Unless otherwise specified, the copyright holder of the material on the website is THL. The text content can be freely quoted and the pages can be linked to, provided that the source is acknowledged. Specific authorisation is required to use the pictures or other graphic material placed on the website. The THL website also includes links to third-party websites. THL takes no responsibility for the contents of any external websites linked to the website.


In making the online contents available, THL makes every effort to keep the information accurate and up-to-date. THL reserves the right to make changes or restrict access to the website at any time. THL does not guarantee uninterrupted availability of the website.

Privacy policy

No personal data are gathered of the users of the THL website. The contact information for anyone who orders THL’s products or services is entered in Prospekti, the THL client database. The information is used by THL for keeping in contact with its stakeholders. Information is not given out to third parties.
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Efforts have been made to address accessibility issues in the planning and implementation of the website.


Most attachments on the website are in pdf format. Special reading software is required to read pdf files, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader,  which is available free of charge from the Adobe website.

Feedback and contact details

Please send your feedback using the feedback form

THL’s contact details