Whereas many nations wrestle with a second wave of the coronavirus, Finland has halted an increase in new infections at Europe’s lowest degree, helped by the truth that for Finns social distancing comes naturally.
Whereas a distant Nordic location and one in every of Europe’s lowest inhabitants densities play in its favour within the battle towards COVID-19, it helps that many Finns like private house and solitude.
“Possibly the Finnish private consolation zone is a bit wider than in another European nations. We would wish to hold folks a metre or extra away or we begin feeling uncomfortable,” mentioned Mika Salminen, director at Finland’s public well being authority THL.
On Sunday, Finland’s 14-day cumulative variety of COVID-19 circumstances per 100,000 inhabitants stood at 54.2. The European common is round 576 and worst-hit Luxembourg 1302.8 circumstances, European Centre for Illness Prevention and Management knowledge confirmed.
In a Eurobarometer ballot, 73% of Finnish respondents mentioned the primary wave’s confinement measures had been very or pretty simple to deal with, together with 23% contemplating them “even an enchancment” to their each day life.
Many Finns have loved spending extra time in nature or having saunas at their lakeside summer time cottages.
“We wish to be in solitude wandering the forests and swimming within the lakes, so many Finns have really loved that they’ve been in a position to transfer away from the cities,” Kristian Wahlbeck, director of the Finnish Affiliation for Psychological Well being (MIELI), mentioned.
In April, the Finnish authorities’s preliminary efforts to comprise the virus had been backed by Europe’s highest charge of distant working, with practically 60% of Finnish staff teleworking, a Eurofound examine confirmed.
Round 2.5 million of 5.5 million Finns have voluntarily downloaded the federal government’s contact tracing app, a charge that Salminen’s colleagues at public well being authorities in different European nations can solely dream of.
“It’s really a key think about our technique which is predicated on very low threshold to testing, contact tracing … and quarantine,” Salminen mentioned.
After the primary wave, each day COVID-19 circumstances fell near zero in July however the authorities stored a few of Europe’s strictest journey restrictions in place, permitting Finland to enter the second wave from a really low base degree of infections.
“In a bus we sit on a free double seat and that is like pure social distancing for us and it is, I feel, how we’re introduced up,” mentioned Juha, a trainer within the capital area.
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