It is a “UFO” in Europe. In Helsinki the capital, or in the country, there is no containment. We also walk quietly, and there is no obligation to put on a mask even if the government has recommended it. And yet, the country is doing better than its European neighbors. In recent weeks, it has posted the lowest infection rate in the European Union, five times lower than the average. So how do you explain it? There are several reasons for this. First, the government acted quickly by closing schools, bars and restaurants from March to June. Travel to or from the capital was banned in April.
Above all, once these measures were lifted, the follow-up was rigorous. “Currently, more than two and a half million people have downloaded the application, for a population of 5.5 million inhabitants, or almost half of Finns. It has helped us to contain the virus”, explains Pasi Pohjola, from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
In addition, teleworking is favored by a very high digitization of society and the economy. A French expatriate explains that the measure has become widespread, from 90 to 100%. Finally, there is the attitude of the Finns who appreciated that the measures were taken quickly. Social distancing is also rampant. A strategy that pays off from a health point of view but also economically. The economy contracted 6.4% in the second half of the year, half the European average.