About us 

The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) is an independent expert agency working under the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. We serve various parties, the government, municipal and provincial decision-makers, actors in the social welfare and health sector, organisations, the research community and the public. THL issues studies, reports, guidebooks, handbooks and monographs.  

THL publications series

THL publishes annually about 150 titles in its own publication series. Most of the titles are available freely at our digital archive as pdf files. In 2017 these titles were downloaded some 800 000 times. 
Some 150 titles are available at our online bookstore. In 2016 THL sold more than 10 500 copies. 

Scientific articles

More than 800 articles by THL are published in scientific journals each year. Half of these are international joint articles.
Thomson Reuters rates THL’s reference index as one of the best in Finland. Over 80% of our publications are referenced in world-class scientific journals.  Articles published by THL are highly rated by the scientific community.
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THL's periodical Yhteiskuntapolitiikka

Yhteiskuntapolitiikka is a peer-reviewed periodical that covers topics on welfare and social politics. Yhteiskuntapolitiikka is published jointly by THL, Finnish Centre for Pensions and the Tampere University Faculty of Social Sciences (SOC).

Ellibs online bookstore

A small collection of THL publications is available as epub files at the Ellibs online bookstore. A couple of titles are in English. The epub format requires a separate reading app. 
► Ellibs

Digital publications archive Julkari

THL publications are stored in the Julkari open archive for publications. The archive is shared by the administrative branch of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. Many publications are available in electronic form as pdf-files. The National Institute for Health and Welfare uses Julkari also a register of its publications. Therefore, only metadata are available for some publications.
Julkari's publications are organised into collections, and you can search the following THL collections:

  • THL's publication series (collection Kirjat)
  • Reference data for scientific articles (collection Artikkelit) 
  • THL's peer-reviewed periodical Yhteiskuntapolitiikka
  • Serial publications and scientific articles published by THL's predecessors National Public Health Institute (KTL) and National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health (STAKES) as well as some of the periodicals from their own collections.

► Julkari open archive