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Number of COVID-19 patients requiring hospital care declining

5.5.2022 10.00
The number of COVID-19 patients in specialised and primary healthcare started to decline in April. The results of wastewater monitoring also indicate a downward trend in the epidemic. A fourth vaccine dose is recommended for people aged 12 or over who have a severely weakened immune system, people aged 80 or over and all older people living in residential care homes.

What is child welfare? 

26.4.2022 14.49

The objective of child welfare services is to guarantee children’s right to a safe growth environment, a balanced and well-rounded development and special protection. The best interest of the child is the primary consideration in all child welfare measures.

We have compiled information on the key concepts and practices related to child welfare on our Frequently asked questions page. 

Government proposes seven-day cap on waiting times for access to primary healthcare

12.5.2022 14.46
The Government has submitted a proposal to Parliament on reducing the maximum waiting times for access to care. The proposal would shorten the maximum waiting times for access to primary healthcare under the Health Care Act. The maximum waiting time guarantee would apply to both physical and mental health problems.

WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge visits Finland to discuss health crises and economy of wellbeing

6.5.2022 12.27
Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe, will visit Finland on Friday 6 May. He will meet with Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Aki Lindén. 

The prevention of child sexual abuse requires the contribution of all adults – the Action Plan lists ways to do this

26.4.2022 9.08
The only way to fight child sexual abuse is through cooperation, involving everyone from parents to teachers and from the police to organisations. This is the central idea running through the Action Plan for implementing the Lanzarote Convention in Finland.



The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health manages the preparation and implementation of Finland’s social welfare and health care policy, gender equality policy and occupational safety and health policy.

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

Administrative branch

Administrative branch

The administrative branch of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health includes several independent institutions and agencies.

Administrative branch


Hanna Sarkkinen
Hanna Sarkkinen
Minister of Social Affairs and Health
Aki Lindén
Aki Lindén
Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services
Thomas Blomqvist
Thomas Blomqvist
Minister for Nordic Cooperation and Equality
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