School Health Promotion study

The School Health Promotion (SHP) study monitors the well-being, health and school work of Finnish children and adolescents. The aim of the SHP study is to strengthen the planning and evaluation of health promotion activities at school, municipal and national levels.

The SHP study is carried out nationwide every second year in March–April. Before the year 2013, the study was implemented in Southern, Eastern and Northern Finland in even-numbered years and in Western and Central Finland in odd-numbered years.

The data are gathered by an anonymous and voluntary classroom-administered questionnaire. The topics of the questionnaire are living conditions, school work, health, health-related behaviour and school health services. The questionnaire is continuously being developed. Still, most of the questions have remained the same for almost 20 years, so as to maintain comparability.

More information: THL /School Health Promotin study

FinSote (THL)

The FinSote National study of health, well-being and service use enables monitoring the changes occurring in the population’s well-being and health by different population groups and regions. The study also produces follow-up and evaluation data on how well the service needs of the population are met as well as the views of the population on the social and health care service system, and the availability, quality and use of services.

While FinSote contains parts of the Regional Health and Well-being Study (ATH), which began in 2010, it has been expanded to also include questions characteristic of the health and social services reform, such as those concerned with services and freedom of choice.

What is the FinSote survey needed for?
The FinSote survey
• produces an important share of the data needed for following and evaluating the health and social services reform
• enables comparison between counties as well as their comparison with the national situation
• provides answers to questions concerned with the perceived well-being, and the needs for and use of services among the population not covered by the data in other datasets or registers.

More information: THL/FinSote Survey


LIITU study was carried out for the first time in 2014, in connection with the WHO Cross-national Health Behaviours in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey. In the year 2016, the LIITU study was carried out independently. At the same time, LIITU was extended to cover 9-year-old children, and the survey was carried out in parallel with the objective measurements of physical activity and sedentary behaviour using accelerometers.

So far, the 2016 LIITU is the most comprehensive national study on children’s and adolescents’ physical activity that was measured objectively. There included some new question areas in the survey, e.g. children’s and adolescents’ values as well as, the experiences of discrimination and bullying. LIITU survey was conducted both in Swedish speaking schools and Finnish speaking schools. There are plans for the survey to be repeated every two years. The next survey takes place in 2018, once again, in conjunction with the HBSC study.

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