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World Health Organization

The WHO is Finland's most important international partner in the development and assessment of Finnish health policy. The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health is together with other ministries, responsible for Finland's participation in the WHO.

Finland has implemented two international agreements including all WHO member states: the International Health Regulation (IHR), which defines the role of the WHO and the role of member states in international health emergencies, and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

The National Institute for Health and Welfare, the Institute for Occupational Health and the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority take part in the work of the WHO at expert level. There are 11 WHO collaborating centres in Finland. Finland works with the WHO mainly through the WHO European Regional Office.

Finland supports the WHO in selecting priority areas for activity. These are to improve

  • health protection
  • health systems
  • partnerships
  • monitoring and survey methods

Finland is a member of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization from 2018 to 2021.