Coronavirus prevention in Finland - Restrictive measures are lifted gradually
The Government announced 16.3.2020 that there is a state of emergency in the country as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The aim is to protect the population and to safeguard the functioning of society and the economy.
On Sunday 3 May and today 4 May, the Government held an informal meeting to discuss an action plan for a hybrid strategy to manage the coronavirus crisis and for ways of gradually lifting the restrictive measures.
- Government decides on plan for hybrid strategy to manage coronavirus crisis and for gradual lifting of restrictions (Press release 4.5.2020)
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. Information about the coronavirus produced by different Government ministries is available on the Government website.
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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.
Ministry and related authorities
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.