Finnish Public Sector study (FPS)

The FPS study monitors the well-being and health of the personnel as well as the work and changes in it. The study consists of two areas: 1. the Kunta10 study and 2. the personnel well-being study (formerly known as hospital personnel well-being study). About 103,000 employees are monitored in the study. In Finland, there are no other surveys of the same size aimed at employees in the municipal sector.
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1. The Kunta10 study

The study covers six cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants and their five neighbouring cities: Espoo, Helsinki, Vantaa, Tampere, Turku, Oulu, Raisio, Nokia, Valkeakoski, Naantali and Virrat. The study started in 1997. Helsinki participated in the study for the first time in 2014.

The target group includes all of the about 90,000 permanent employees and long-term substitutes employed by the participating municipalities. The study is conducted every other year from September to October. Next round is in 2022. Are you a study participant? More information here


The research data to date include: 

  • surveys in 1997, 2000–2001, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020 and 2022.
  • a record of personnel and sickness absences.

The results of the project can be viewed on the Work-Life Knowledge service:

Our experts

Jenni Ervasti

Jenni Ervasti

hankkeen projektipäällikkö, vanhempi tutkija

Jenni.Ervasti [at]
+358 30 474 2806

The personnel well-being study

The study includes three hospital districts, Kanta-Häme, Vaasa and Pirkanmaa, as well as the Welfare District of Forssa and the Jakobstad Department of Social Services and Health Care. The target group of the study includes all of the about 13,000 employees of the organizations and the study is conducted every other year from September to October.


The research data to date include: 

  • surveys in 1998, 2000–2002, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2013–2014, 2015, 2017, 2019 ja 2021
  • a record of personnel, working times and sickness absences.

Our experts

Mika Kivimäki

hankkeen projektipäällikkö, tutkimusprofessori

[email protected]
+358 29 412 7550

The effectiveness of the FPS study

Key results will be communicated to all organizations participating in the study and their personnel at the work unit level. The study results are used for improving personnel well-being and quality of work life.

The study produces data of national significance. It is the country's largest and longest-standing survey of municipal and well-being sector personnel and it covers nearly 30% of municipal and well-being sector employees. 

Follow-up plays an important role in the development of the public sector as a whole. After the repeated surveys, it is possible to assess the changes in municipal work and work life quality better as well as their impact on personnel well-being and health.