Corona virus and healthcare in Finland

Healthcare in Finland

The effectiveness of the health care system in Finland is well above average in a global comparison.

Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment this age in Finland is 79.1 years for men and 84.5 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 9.2 years lower (men: 70.4 / women: 74.9 years).

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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Finland

Currently: 1.6 new infections per day per 100,000 inhabitants
The inhabitants of Finland are also affected by the corona pandemic and the spread of the Sars-Covid-19 virus. By September 30th, 2020, 9992 infected persons and 344 deaths have been reported in the country. The first confirmed infections were reported on January 29th, 2020, which is the date of the official notification. An additional 10-14 days are calculated for noticing one's own infection, the doctor's appointment, the laboratory test and, above all, the period from the infection until the first symptoms appear. The country reached its peak so far on April 4th with 267 new infected persons.

Covid 19 virus infected in Finland
Deaths caused by the Covid19 virus in Finland

The first graph shows the number of infected persons reported. The second graph shows the number of deaths.

Mortality rate of infected persons

From the previously infected and deceased people, in Finland results in a mortality rate of 3.4%. However, it should be borne in mind that death occurs an average of 19 days after the first symptoms appear. The time of the actual infection is therefore followed by several days until a person affected has a medical test carried out and the results are available. In order to quantify mortality more precisely, one would therefore have to compare the deaths that have occurred to date with those reported 9,046 infected up to 10 days ago. This gives in Finland a new mortality rate of 3.8%.

Due to the current corona pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers daily. A list of all infected and dead people by country can be found on our Corona virus topic page.

Development in the last days

DateInfected Deaths 
Wed 30th100+1.0%1+0.3%
Tue 29th158+1.6%0+0.0%
Mon 28th52+0.5%0+0.0%
Sun 27th105+1.1%0+0.0%
Sat 26th93+1.0%0+0.0%
Fri 25th105+1.1%0+0.0%
Thu 24th91+1.0%0+0.0%
Wed 23rd93+1.0%2+0.6%
Tue 22nd149+1.6%0+0.0%
Mon 21st66+0.7%2+0.6%

Weight and size

Body height180 cm166 cm
Weight86.2 kg70.8 kg


FinlandØ worldwide
Diabetes *5.60%8.81%
HIV / Aids0.01%0.04%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.

Child vaccinations

FinlandØ worldwide
DTP *9.10%8.57%

* DTP is a three times combined basic vaccination against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, which should be given to children up to the age of 23 months.
In Finland, 20.4% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
4 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

The medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Finland is above average, but is not as good as the average within the EU. The country provides 4.4 hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants. The worldwide average here is 2.7 beds and within the EU there are even 5.6 beds for every 1000 inhabitants.

With about 21,000 physicians in Finland, there are about 3.81 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1000 inhabitants and in the EU even 3.57.

Through medical care, the mortality of major known diseases can be reduced to an above-average extent. For example, only about 10 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently die.

Supply with drinking water

Finland is one of the few countries that offers almost its entire population (99.63 percent) access to an immediately available, running drinking water supply. The proportion of the population that is reached by additional supply from springs and wells or supplied drinking water is 100%. In a global comparison, only about 71% of the population has direct access to tested and always available drinking water. Within the European Union, this share is 97%. Only in a few countries does the proportion fall below 10%.


Above data correspond to the information of the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The daily case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).