Coronavirus in Finland: Restrictive measures are lifted gradually
The state of emergency declared over the COVID-19 epidemic was lifted on 16 June. The population will be protected and the functioning of society safeguarded under legislation that applies in normal conditions.
- Use of powers under the Emergency Powers Act to end – state of emergency to be lifted on Tuesday 16 June (Press Release)
The restrictions put in place to mitigate the COVID-19 epidemic are being phased out gradually and in a controlled manner. More information about the lifting of restrictions on Government's website:
In the coronavirus situation, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health issues the official instructions concerning healthcare and social welfare to municipalities, hospital districts, Regional State Administrative Agencies and other relevant parties.
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Service choices in healthcareService choices in healthcare refer to the range of healthcare services financed from public funds.
The Council for Gender EqualityThe Council for Gender Equality (TANE) is a parliamentary council that works to promote gender equality in society.
National Committee on Medical Research EthicsThe primary role of the National Committee on Medical Research Ethics (TUKIJA) is to serve as an expert on research ethics.
Advisory Board on BiotechnologyThe Advisory Board on Biotechnology is a consultative body of experts in issues related to bio- and gene technology.
Advisory Board for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (VANE)The Advisory Board for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is the national coordinating mechanism for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Board for Gene TechnologyThe competent authority in Finland regarding the use of genetically modified organisms in accordance with the Gene Technology Act.
Finland's Advisory Committee on ChemicalsA cooperation body appointed by the Council of State upon the submission of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health for a term of three years.
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 purpose of the MSAH is to ensure that everyone has equal opportunity to lead a healthy and safe life.
The administrative branch of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health includes several independent institutions and agencies. Some of them produce research data for bill drafting and as a basis for social and health policies and decision-making. Some of the government agencies act as licence and supervisory authorities.