THL is an expert and research institute that provides reliable information for decision-making and activities in the field of health and welfare. Our goal is to promote the welfare, health and safety of the population.
The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) is an independent state-owned expert and research institute that promotes the welfare, health and safety of the population.
THL’s duties are established in the Finnish legislation. Our key duty is to carry out research and expert work to
In terms of administration, THL operates under the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. The Director General of THL is Doctor of Medical Science Markku Tervahauta.
THL's management team
Our main funding sources include funding from the state budget, co-funded activities and services subject to a fee.
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We provide our stakeholders with information and solutions to build a more equal, equitable and sustainable society.
We serve a wide range of different operators, including
We foster cooperation between different operators and good practices in the promotion of health and well-being.
We communicate on health and safety issues to the entire population.
We cooperate closely with various operators, such as different organisations and both Finnish and international research communities.
THL is a recognised and desirable partner in projects involving domestic as well as international scientific cooperation. Each year, approximately 700 THL-produced articles are published in numerous scientific publications. Half of the articles are written in collaboration with international partners.