Stadin hytebarometri 2018, namely Helsinki City’s Welfare and Health Barometer, is a compilation of key statistics and findings on wellbeing, health and safety in the city. The barometer is updated and “readings” are taken each year, and in future, the Barometer will also present findings on achievements and challenges in Helsinki City’s work to promote wellbeing and health.
Differences in wellbeing and health are, according to studies, often linked with socio-economic factors. Many of the studies suggest that inequality in wellbeing and health cannot be solved unless its fundamental reasons are tackled: unemployment, poverty, loneliness and diseases.
The unemployment rate has been coming down in Helsinki, standing at nine per cent in February 2019. However, of all the jobless in Helsinki, one-third are long-term unemployed. Poverty manifests itself in, above all, poor families with children. In 2017, for example, 12,382 children in Helsinki lived in low-income families. This influences children’s wellbeing and their opportunities and social relations, and limits their chances to participate in leisure pursuits and hobbies.
A large proportion of pupils and students up to the age of 18 are quite content with their present quality of life. Yet clear differences in this respect can be seen between Helsinki districts. Also, bad self-perceived health often seems to correlate with low public participation, loneliness and discontent with public services.
For these reasons, the goal of Helsinki City’s health and wellbeing promotion in future will be to influence residents’ everyday life and workday environments in a way that provides conditions for good quality of life and active public participation in all city districts.
Stadin HYTEBAROMETRI – vuosikooste 2018. (Infografiikka toimii parhaiten Chrome-selaimella.)