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Suicide prevention in Finland 

Suicide prevention in Finland
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Suicide prevention in Finland
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Jouko Lönnqvist

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198570059.003.0116
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date: 22 August 2019

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.

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