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Old woman wearing a mask looking through a window.

Loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic takes many forms

The coronavirus pandemic has caused drastic changes to the everyday life of Finns, and many are also feeling lonely. At the same time, feelings of loneliness vary according to one’s situation in life.

  • Text Sari Eskelinen Photos Raija Törrönen and Mostphotos

Feelings of loneliness vary according to one’s situation life.

Elisa Tiilikainen.
Elisa Tiilikainen estimates that cultural expectations have an effect on how people experience loneliness. For instance, people living in the Nordic Countries are used to keeping some distance to others.
Equipment in a gym.
When Finland went into lockdown last spring, many hobbies were put on a break. This increased feelings of loneliness among many Finns.
A jogging man.
For many Finns, spending time outdoors and in nature has been a resource during the pandemic.

Feelings of loneliness vary according to one’s situation life.

Elisa Tiilikainen

Senior Researcher