Finland: physical activity policy snapshot

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

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Finland implements policy actions in all 6 areas of the MOVING framework. The highest assessment achieved was good and referred to policy actions on increasing physical activity through public communication which builds behaviour change skills (N).

Weaknesses were identified in community initiatives promoting physical activity (M), physical activity in the workplace (O), policies supporting public transport and road safety actions. Gaps were seen in physical activity outside of school hours (M) and active design guidelines (V), where a moderate assessment was achieved.

Greater action should be taken in healthcare and outpatient settings on physical activity (G) and physical activity environment in structures and surroundings which promote physical activity (V), where fair policy design was identified, as this was the weakest assessment achieved. Much more needs to be done throughout the entire framework to improve the status of national government policy actions beyond a moderate assessment.

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

This country snapshot presents detailed results of the MOVING policy index for Finland. Full index results are outlined in the MOVING 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 MOVING 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 MOVING database.

Overview of physical activity policy status in Finland

Finland MOVING overview

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