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Things I didn’t know last week

January 8, 2015

(This is actually a compilation from before Christmas.)

I learn a lot of new stuff by browsing through magazines. Often the text is simple enough for me to understand and glean information from – yes, I will learn Finnish someday!

I wish I had more time to browse book stores because I often come across great finds like this one. I bought five copies of this book as a gift for kids – and teachers! It’s a book of great ideas for art projects.


(From the 12/2014 edition of Yhteishyvä, the costumer magazine of the S-group.) ‘Tis the season for falling. The statistics are grim. Every year some 390,000 incidents of falling and slipping accidents are recorded in Finland. 145,000 of those are reported between November and March. Every winter some 20,000 people are injured in falls outdoors. 160,000 visits are made to doctors because of falling. Falls touch 40-50% of those 15-74 years of age and some 70% of those over the age of 75. Be careful out there.

(Also from the 12/2014 edition of Yhteishyvä) Palliative care is slowly growing in Finland and there are only about 2000 trained volunteers in Finland. About 15000 people a year require palliative care services.

Volunteers are trained by church parishes, the Finnish Cancer Society and palliative care homes.

To sum it up, here’s a new Finnish word for you if you didn’t know the translation for palliative care: Saattohoito

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  1. Sonia permalink
    January 11, 2015 4:54 pm

    From one perspective, it is good that Finland does not use salt for pedestrian paths (just think about the mess and the shoes) and even for driving roads, because driving on solid snow (with suitable tyre equipment) is pretty good if you’re careful and the mass of snow is usually far to big for this kind of treatment.

    However, what bothers me: I know, among many other accident cases, a case where Finnish _reactive_ health care (or should I say, “sick care”?) made an invalid out of a healthy person <40 yrs old. You cannot imagine all the mess and just because struggling against Kela is not even worse than struggling again private insurances in _occupational accident_ cases. It happend on company yard. Finnish sick care system rather saves money on proper healing to pump pain killers into people and make them unable to work.

    From the slippery walking paths point of view, bureacrats stick to a private skating yard (case Vantaa), but later in March when ice melts and freezes again and is covered by thin surface of snow anywhere – nothing happens anymore. The sand is then inside the ice and municipalities raise taxes, but save on safety (and sanding the roads). In my experience.

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