Suomen geriatrit RY (SG ry)
Finnish Geriatricians

Some facts on demography and geriatrics in Finland…

Total population: 5.5 millions
Percentage above 65 Yr: 20%

Number of physicians:  28.565 (all) and 24.000 (in working age)
Number of geriatricians: 296
Total number of hospital beds: 25.000
Number of geriatric beds: not always defined separately

Geriatrics is recognised as a...

  • speciality since >20 years.
  • subspeciality since >20 years (no longer).

Geriatric medicine is found in...

  • acute care hospitals as acute geriatric wards
  • out-patient care settings
  • post-acute rehabilitation hospitals/clinics
  • nursing homes or long term care facilities

Members of the society

Total number of Members: about 320

Other activities…

  • The 25rd Nordic Congress of Gerontology (25 NKG)
  • EuGMS meeting in Berlin Oct 2018
  • Finnish Geriatricians meetin in Kuopio Fer 12th .13th  2019

List of geriatric chairs and research centres in Finland

Univerities of

Achievements of geriatric medicine in Finland

Geriatric Medicine is a popular speciality in Finland, the mean age of geriatrians is getting lower. The estimated number of new specialists needed in a year is 16 and we have reached this number, although the need of geriatricians may be higher in Northern parts of the country. The reseach is active. Common national meeting for Finnish geriatricians is running once in a year, and it has developed to a intresting and poluar venue to meet colleques, friend and expers on the areas of geristrians. Go to the webpages and see a lot of happy people together with our super guest, the officiell dancing ganny and overgranny (ylämummo) in Finland, Aira Samulin 89 years!

Contact details

The president of the Society:
Eija Lonnroos, Eija.Lonnroos(at)

The FB member in the EuGMS:
Hanna Öhman

Email: info(at)
Secretariat: Kristiina.Hongisto(at)


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