This year's Covid fatalities surpass 2020's virus death toll

As of the middle of this week, Finland's overall Covid-19 death toll reached 1,133.

A healthcare worker with a patient in an ICU ward at Turku University Hospital (Tyks) in October 2021. Image: Arash Matin / Yle

As of Wednesday, Finland recorded 572 coronavirus-related fatalities so far this year, according to data from the Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), more than the country's total number of Covid deaths in 2020.

Last year Finland reported a total of 561 coronavirus-related deaths.

These figures are based on THL data, but Statistics Finland's preliminary figures on Covid deaths differ slightly from the health institute's. The country's statistics agency is scheduled to publish an official tally of 2020's Covid fatalities in December.

The country first rolled out Covid vaccines to front-line health care workers at the end of 2020.

Most of those who succumbed to Covid-19 in Finland were over the age of 80, accounting for about 60 percent of all deaths related to the viral disease. Some middle-aged and younger adults also died from Covid — eight of whom were under 40-years-old.

Slightly more men (596) died from coronavirus infections than women (537).

As of Thursday an overall total of 1,133 deaths have been linked to Covid-19 in Finland.

The first coronavirus-related fatality in Finland was reported on 25 March, 2020, meaning that last year's deaths accumulated over the course of less than nine months, according to preliminary data.