World Health Organization

The WHO is Finland's most important international partner in the development and evaluation of health policy in Finland and globally. Finland actively participates in WHO governance work and shares its expertise in various areas of health policy through the organisation. 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 binding 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 centers in Finland. Finland works closely with the WHO Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe) to implement WHO’s work in the region.

Finland’s priorities in cooperation with WHO are: prevention of non-communicable diseases and promoting mental health, emergencies preparedness and response, health systems strengthening for universal health coverage, health and the environment and sexual reproductive health and rights.

Finland emphasizes in it work cross-cutting aspects such as the rights-based approach, gender equality, reducing inequalities and cross-sectoral (Health in All Policies) approach.

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