The Centre of Expertise in Immigrant Integration publishes a multilingual summary of coronavirus communications produced by the public authorities, central and local governments, and various organisations. The multilingual news summary is continuously updated. We will update the multilingual information in December 2020.
We also publish other materials for use in the coronavirus situation (e.g. translation instructions, material for distance learning and teaching) to support those working with immigrants.
For up-to-date coronavirus-related communications and recommendations by the responsible authorities and the Government, please see:
- Government information and advice on the coronavirus
- Coronavirus update from the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)
- Information on the coronavirus from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment
- Information from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment on the effects of the coronavirus in Arabic, Chinese, Persian (Farsi), Somali, Sorani, Russian and Estonian
Multilingual information on coronavirus now available
Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) provides updated information in Finnish, Swedish and English on the coronavirus and when to seek medical care. Information on actions taken in municipalities regarding the coronavirus COVID-19 is available in several languages in the municipalities’ online services. Information about the coronavirus is available in several languages in the media.
Municipalities provide multilingual information regarding services in the coronavirus situation
In many municipalities, immigrants are advised to seek information from online services or telephone services. In the current situation with the coronavirus outbreak, municipalities offer also advice by telephone in various languages. Some municipalities have published multilingual information on the coronavirus.
Telephone helplines support immigrants during the coronavirus outbreak
Authorities and municipalities have opened telephone helplines providing instructions and guidance on coronavirus in different languages. Multilingual telephone helplines provided by various organisations are also functioning as usual. We have put together a news item listing the availability of multilingual instructions and guidance on coronavirus (telephone helplines and chat services). Provide access to services.
Social media the most important source of information for elderly foreign-language speakers during emergency conditions
According to a report by organisations, municipalities had very few and infrequent direct contacts with customers after the emergency conditions began. Despite this, the majority of those interviewed for the report felt that they had received sufficient information and instructions regarding the coronavirus. Elderly foreign-language speakers reported that they had coped independently in their everyday activities during the emergency conditions. The exceptional situation caused concerns and fears among those interviewed regarding the wellbeing of relatives and social isolation.
Support for women, children and families available in guides, brochures and service numbers
Multilingual support in the coronavirus situation is available for women, children and families. Support is available for many situations such as distance learning, or being a victim of domestic violence or crime. Due to the coronavirus situation, support services for women, children and families are provided via remote service or telephone. We have put together useful links to be shared and suggested in customer service situations.