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Suicide prevention in Finland

Jouko Lönnqvist

in Oxford Textbook of Suicidology and Suicide Prevention

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198570059
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199640461 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780198570059.003.0116

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Suicide prevention in Finland

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Finland, with a population of 5.5 million people, forms a culturally homogeneous, well-educated and well-functioning modern Western society. The Finnish health care system is mainly public, and financed by taxes collected both by the state and the municipalities.

Suicide has been one of the leading causes of death for decades. Suicide mortality has had a general increasing trend from the early 1920s to the peak of suicide rate, 30 per 100,000, in 1990. Since then, however, the suicide rate has been decreasing, and was 18 per 100,000 in 2005.

Chapter.  1756 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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