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Responsible for the service Social Services and Health Care Division, City of Helsinki

Certificates and statements from a health station

  • Service
  • Helsinki
  • Public service

Health stations issue several different kinds of certificates and statements that are deemed necessary by Finnish law.

These include driving license certificates, certificates concerning sickness insurance benefits (for the state benefit administrator Kela), certificates related to military service, health certificates for educational institutions for receiving a study place, and proof of an employee’s inability to work for the employer.

There is a charge for certificates not related to the treatment of an illness, as well as for the majority of the statements.

Please note that health stations treat patients in order of medical urgency. Certificates are not considered urgent, with the exception of certificates related to sudden illnesses.

Health stations do not issue certificates or statements for purposes associated with hobbies, competitions, student exchanges, or travelling.

If you have a mild food allergy or lactose intolerance, you do not need a separate certificate stating this. It is enough to take the matter into consideration yourself in your eating habits. If your child has a mild food allergy, you can simply notify your child’s daycare centre or other service providers accordingly.

Specialist health care services issue certificates for people with severe allergies.

If you need a certificate or statement, please contact your local health station by phone or send a message via Maisa.

Background information

You may need a medical certificate for a driving licence, a pilot’s licence, certain insurance policies or a new job. A health certificate is issued by a doctor after carrying out a health check. In the certificate, your state of health is examined from the perspective of the purpose for which the certificate is applied for.

Medical certificates are issued by occupational health care services, the health centre or private doctors.

Every person has the right to a certificate detailing their state of health, when this is necessary, for example, for their treatment, livelihood or studying.

Basic information

The service is provided byCity of Helsinki
Responsible for the serviceSocial Services and Health Care Division, City of Helsinki
Area Helsinki
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: Social Services and Health Care Division, City of Helsinki
Updated: 25/5/2022