Journal Article

Why do Swedish-speaking Finns have longer active life? An area for social capital research

Markku T. Hyyppä and Juhani Mäki

in Health Promotion International

Volume 16, issue 1, pages 55-64
Published in print March 2001 | ISSN: 0957-4824
Published online March 2001 | e-ISSN: 1460-2245 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapro/16.1.55
Why do Swedish-speaking Finns have longer active life? An area for social capital research

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We performed ecological and individual register studies to compare disability-free life expectancies and disability pensions among Swedish-speaking and Finnish-speaking Finns residing on the western coast of Finland. The study was conducted to establish our assumption that the Swedish-speaking ethnic minority has a longer active life than the Finnish-speaking majority and to show that this disparity can be seen in a limited geographical area with similar socio-economic and health service structures. We suggest that the observed disparities in active life and in mortality depend on differences in the extent of social capital. A detailed characterization of the social capital and its impact on the health of the Swedish-speaking individuals is in progress.

Keywords: active life expectancy; language minority; mortality; register study; social capital

Journal Article.  4542 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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