Finnish Red Cross

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Finnish Red Cross
legal form non-profit association
founding May 7, 1877, Helsinki , Finland
founder Aline Armfelt
Seat Helsinki , Finland
main emphasis Humanitarian aid , international humanitarian law , social work
people Pertti Torstila , President
Employees 1168 (2006)
Volunteers approx. 45,000
Members approx. 90,000

The Finnish Red Cross (Suomen Punainen Risti - Finlands Röda Kors (SPR / FRK)) is the national Red Cross Society in Finland according to the Geneva Convention and as such part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement based in Helsinki . The organization was founded on May 7, 1877. It is recognized and legally protected by the Finnish state, which last decided on the status of SPR / FRK again in 2000.


The Finnish Red Cross, until the fall of the Russian Empire , followed by the seizure of power by the CPSU and the founding of the USSR in Russia , while in Finland independence , still part of the Russian Red Cross associations, first became important in the Finnish conflicts of World War II . Even if the command not to shoot members of the Red Cross was often ignored by both sides during the winter war and the fighting on the Eastern Front, the service of the Red Cross behind the Finnish front was definitely significant; Russian prisoners of war and war invalids were cared for on both sides.

See also

Portal: Red Cross  - Overview of Wikipedia content on the topic of the Red Cross

Individual evidence

  1. Members and volunteers SPR / FRK-Info (accessed November 2, 2012)
  2. Law on the Finnish Red Cross February 25, 2000/238 Finlex (Finnish accessed on November 3, 2012)


  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies: Directory of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Web links

Commons : Finnish Red Cross  - collection of images, videos and audio files