Do you want to learn about the Finnish experience in preventing and treating noncommunicable diseases? How is it possible the CVD (Cardiovascular disease) mortality rate in Finland has declined by ca. 90 % since the 1970’s? What are the latest research findings in the field of noncommunicable diseases?

In 1960s and 1970s the population of Finland was facing a cardiovascular epidemic that may be described as catastrophic: the CVD mortality rates among working age population was the highest in the world. Especially hard hit were the Eastern parts of the country.

In 2019, Finnish national health statistics show a roughly 90 percent decline in those mortality rates. This comprises an unbelievable success story that will be presented and critically analysed during this study visit.


The study visit includes

  • Lectures by academic experts and professionals, 

  • Case studies and site visits,

  • Opportunity to share ideas and discuss with Finnish professionals.




Topics of the study visit

  • Case study on the North Karelia Project, a large and comprehensive community-based health promotion campaign that was launched in Finland in early 1970s to tackle the CVD epidemic. This project has served as a model for many later similar projects around the world.

  • The role of factors outside the health sector that affect or reduce the disease burden. From Finnish experience, special emphasis needs to be put on education (at all levels from daycare to universities), city and community planning, rapidly developing work-life, and environmental health. As for the health care, the course will point out how encompassing the mission of health promotion and early prevention as a core mission in primary care is essential for a successful reduction of noncommunicable disease burden.

  • Finnish cutting edge research in noncommunicable diseases is presented by international experts. The genetics and novel epidemiology of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases will be covered, as well as neuroscientific insights to the many issues of ageing. Special focus is put on the latest findings from nutritional sciences and exercise medicine, in search for getting new tools for health promotion and disease prevention.

  • Comparative look at various health systems and their ability to address the demand for services. When everything else fails, and there is a need move from health promotion to urgent use of health care services, the processes have to be set up and ready. The participants will be introduced to the management of noncommunicable diseases at a typical Finnish primary health care center. Also, a visit will be made to see the high-tech end of tertiary care at a modern Finnish University hospital.


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Target Group

The study visit is targeted to health care professionals, public health specialists, administrators, policy makers, researchers and graduate students.


On request


5 days in Finland


Approx. 27 000 – 35 000 € / group (excl. pos. VAT)

Group size

Max. 20 participants