Finland: nutrition policy snapshot

This snapshot presents strengths and weaknesses of national nutrition policy actions in Finland. Compare Finland with other European countries in our NOURISHING policy index.

> Read the NOURISHING snapshot for Finland in English or Finnish

Finland implements policy actions in 9 out of 10 ten policy areas in the NOURISHING framework. Two policy areas received a good assessment, specifically nutrition label standards and regulations (N1) and increasing public awareness of healthy eating (I2).

Gaps in regulations surrounding food and drink availability within the vicinity of schools and weaknesses on limits on sugar-sweetened beverages impact otherwise well-designed standards on school food (O). Greater attention should be given to nutrition advice and counselling in school healthcare settings at national level (N2).

No action was taken at national level on the areas of rules and incentives to create a healthier retail environment (S), which should be prioritised. Greater attention should be given to using financial incentives which increase the availability and affordability of healthy food, to accompany the existing sugar tax (U), food marketing and advertising to young people (R), increasing nutrition education and skills (G) alongside strengthening public food procurement policies by implementing further policy actions within this area (H).

Download a full analysis and breakdown of Finland’s results (pdf, English)

This country snapshot presents detailed results of the NOURISHING policy index for Finland. Full index results are outlined in the NOURISHING policy brief (pdf), which compares Finland with other European countries and explains the methods for producing this snapshot and the index.

The index assesses if national government policy actions exist across all areas of the NOURISHING framework and, if so, how well designed they are. We produced this assessment by benchmarking policies from Finland, collected through a comprehensive scan. You can view all benchmarked policies in our NOURISHING database.

Overview of nutrition policy status in Finland

Finland NOURISHING overview

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