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BBMRI-LPC Biobanks

HEALTH 2000 - Cohorts of Finland

Short description of background, aims, hosting institution:

HEALTH 2000 is hosted by the finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare, THL.

HEALTH 2000 Survey, a comprehensive combination of health interview and health examination survey, was carried out in 2000-2001. The study was based on a nationally representative sample of persons aged 30 and over living in the mainland Finland. The study was carried out by the National Institute for Health and Welfare in co-operation with researchers and experts from several different organizations. The main aim of the HEALTH 2000 Survey was to obtain information on the most important public health problems in working-aged and the aged population, their causes and treatment as well as on the population's functional capacity and working capacity. In addition a sample of 1894 persons aged 18-29 and a sample of 1260 survivors from the Mini-Finland Health Examination Survey, were included in the data.

The Mini-Finland Health Examination Survey, which also was representative of the Finnish population, was carried out in 1978-1980 by The Social Insurance Institution.

The cohorts are continuously followed-up by linkage to nationwide health registers. A follow-up study of the HEALTH 2000 Survey was conducted in 2011, in which extensive data was collected using physiological measurements, interviews, and questionnaires.

Main focus of research: health and functional ability in the working-aged and aged population.

Approximate number of probands: 8,500.

Types and number of biosamples available: DNA, serum, plasma, urine, stool; ca. 40,000 samples.


Pirkko Alha
National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)

Contact for BBMRI-LPC:

Seppo Koskinen
National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)

Further information:

Baseline variables:

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