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BBMRI-LPC Biobanks

FINRISK - Cohorts of Finland

Short description of background, aims, hosting institution:

FINRISK is hosted by the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare, THL.

FINRISK studies get their roots from the North Karelia project, initiated in the early 1970's. Nowadays they are carried at 5 year intervals and designed to assess the levels of coronary risk factors in random population samples in different geographical areas of Finland. The study design is a cross-sectional population survey stratified to contain at least 250 subjects of each sex and 10 year age group (25-34, 35-44, 45-54, 55-64, and 65-74 years of age) from each area. All participants are clinically screened for assessment of the most established environmental cardiovascular risk factors and fill out a questionnaire. The protocols are the same as those established by the MONICA and EHES projects. The projects are routinely followed by linking them to registry data (almost annually).

Background information on socioeconomic status, medical history, diet, exercise, anthropometric measures, etc. was collected by questionnaires and during a clinical visit.

Main focus of research:

Cardiovascular diseases and their risk factors, dietary habits, obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer.

Approximate number of participants:


Types of biosamples available:

DNA, serum, plasma.

Contact information and further details:

You can find further information and contact details here

and questionnaires here:

Contact for BBMRI-LPC:

Kaisa Silander
National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)

BBMRI-LPC Biobanks
c/o Technische Universität München • Institute for Medical Statistics and Epidemiology • Ismaninger Str. 22 • D-81675 München
tel: +49 (0)89-3187-4066 & +49 (0)89-4140-4320 • wichmann[at] & klaus.kuhn[at]
Last modification of this page: 09.02.2015