COVID-19

Websites with regular updates 

Finnish Government (general information) and Questions and answers

på svenska and in English

  • preparedness measures taken by various ministries due to the situation
  • Government policies
  • Government press conferences

Non-Discrimination Ombudsman 
(sign language, easy language, Arabic, Russian, Estonian, Somali, Kurdish, Dari, Spanish, Turkish, Albanian, French, Chinese)

  • information provided by authorities
  • links to news
  • links to guidelines issued by local authorities

Parliament's information website about the COVID-19

  • live broadcasts
  • press releases
  • links to websites of other authorities

Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) 
på svenska in English

  • situation report
  • guidelines
  • information
  • communications materials

Information in various languages

Finnish Association of the Deaf

  • links
  • information in sign language

Sámi Parliament

  • instructions and bulletins on the coronavirus in the Sámi languages.

Finnish Centre for Easy Language

  • websites and information in easy language, supported by images

National Human Rights Institutions

ENNHRI (European Network of National Human Rights Institutions)


    Expert blogs, comments, publications

    Blog on the Constitution of Finland

    • reasoned reflections of experts on the state of emergency and related themes

    Raoul Wallenberg Institute

    Demo Finland

    Human Rights Watch 


    Tracking Tool for COVID19-related restrictions in 172 countries.  (Center for Civil and Politicl Rights)

    Current restrictions during the Coronavirus epidemic in Finland


    Overview

    Along with other countries, Finland has encountered a situation in which the coronavirus causing an infectious disease (COVID-19) is spreading widely.

    The Government, in cooperation with the President of the Republic, has declared a state of emergency in Finland over coronavirus outbreak. Therefore, decision was taken to implement the Emergency Powers Act

    On 12 March and 16 March 2020 (and on other dates after that), the Government decided on measures to address the coronavirus outbreak in Finland. The aim of the measures is to protect the population and to safeguard the functioning of society and the economy. The measures adopted by the Government will be in force until 13 April 2020. 

    On 17 March 2020, the Government submitted the commissioning and implementing decrees on the Emergency Powers Act to Parliament.  The Parliament approved the commissioning of the Emergency Powers Act on 18 March 2020. 


    Constitutional Law Committee

    The task of the Constitutional Law Committee is to issue statements on bills sent to it for consideration and on the constitutionality of other matters and their bearing on international human rights instruments.

    On the website, you can find, for example (in finnish and swedish only), 

    • committee reports
    • statements
    • agendas (including written opinions given by experts)
    • minutes of meetings

     


    Overseeing the implementation of Fundamental and Human Rights

    The Chancellor of Justice and the The Parliamentary Ombudsman oversee the implementation of fundamental and human rights in Finland. Their topical statements with regard the COVID-19 can be found in finnish on the website of the Parliamentary Library's thematic LATI-colelction.

    Further information: http://www.okv.fi/en/ and 

    http://www.oikeusasiamies.fi/Resource.phx/eoa/english/index.htx


    Legislative amendments - Finland

    Commissioning of the Emergency Powers Act in the situation caused by the coronavirus outbreak

    The commissioning of the Emergency Powers Act gives the authorities the right to restrict, as separately provided, the enjoyment of the fundamental rights guaranteed to all.

    Restrictions will be and have already been put on the citizens' freedom of movement, access to education, etc.

    In a state governed by the rule of law, any restrictions of fundamental rights are always enacted through legislation and only to the extent necessary. The restrictions must also be proportionate and issued for a fixed period.

     

    Legal information package of the Library of Parliament

    Legal information package of the Library of Parliament (in finnish only, up to date information) contains all information on the legislative process related to the commissioning of the Emergency Powers Act.

    The package includes

    • preparatory documents of the Government
    • parliamentary documents (incl. opinions of experts in different committees)
    • other legislative amendments related to the Emergency Powers Act and its commissioning
    • links to recordings of parliamentary debates
    • literature and related research
    • press releases about the process
    • other materials (link to the blog on the Constitution of Finland, where experts explain the situation in the light of the Constitution, constitutional law, Criminal Code, etc.)

     

    Emergency Powers Act (for more information, see the legal information package above)

    The Government decided on the measures and submitted the commissioning and implementing decrees on the Emergency Powers Act to Parliament on 17 March 2020. Amendments to the commissioning and implementing decrees and new commissioning decrees were submitted to Parliament on 19 March 2020, 20 March 2020 and 25 March 2020.

    The currently applicable Emergency Powers Act 1552/2011 was issued in 2011. The commissioning of the Emergency Powers Act takes place in such a way that the Parliament decides whether the commissioning decrees issued by the Government may remain in force or whether they are to be repealed.