The increasing use of mobile phones has resulted in increased human exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields: already more than 80% of the Finnish population have a mobile phone. Although the electromagnetic fields from mobile phones are weak, the high number of exposed persons, together with some provocative but inconclusive scientific results, has raised concerns about possible health hazards. Finnish universities and research institutes have investigated possible health effects of mobile phones in a national research programme. The results of this programme will be reported in a seminar held in Helsinki on 17 October, 2003.
The national research programme was carried out in two parts during the years 1998-2003, and was coordinated by the University of Kuopio (Prof. Jukka Juutilainen). The other participantes were STUK – the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, Technical University of Tampere, University of Turku, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and VTT Information Technology. The main source of funding was TEKES (National Technology Agency; a governmental organisation). The programme was also supported by Nokia, Benefon, Sonera, Elisa, Radiolinja, Finnish 2G, Mobile Manufacturers Forum and GSM Association.
The first part, ”Electromagnetic Fields from Mobile Phones as a Possible Health Risk” was conducted in 1998-2000. This first part of the programme included 6 research projects:
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