A middle-aged couple holding each other and laughing while lying in bed.

The FINSEX research project has studied changes in sexual lives for many decades. The research focus has been mainly on the changes happening in the relationships, sexual attitudes, sexual behavior and sexual problems of Finnish people.  

In the spring of 2015, we collected a new comparable population data set in cooperation with Statistics Finland. The research sample was made up of 6,000 men and women aged 18 to 79 

Publications in English

Kontula, Osmo & Miettinen, Anneli. Determinants of femalesexualorgasms. Socioaffective Neuroscience & Psychology. 2016:6. 

Kontula Osmo. 2015. Sex Life Challenges: The Finnish Case. In: James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol 21. Oxford: Elsevier. pp. 665–671. 

Kontula, Osmo: Sexuality Among Older Adults. In International Handbook on the Demography of Sexuality (Ed. Amanda K. Baumle). International Handbooks of Population. Volume 5. Springer 2013. pp. 195–214. 

Kontula, Osmo: Between Sexual Desire and Reality: The Evolution of Sex in Finland. The Family Federation of Finland: The Population Research Institute D49/2009. Helsinki 2009. 

Haavio-Mannila, Elina & Kontula, Osmo. 2003. Sexual Trends in the Baltic Sea Area. Helsinki: Population Research Institute, Family Federation of Finland. 

Haavio-Mannila, Elina & Kontula, Osmo & Rotkirch, Anna. 2002. Sexual Lifestyles in the Twentieth Century: A Research Study. Hampshire & New York: Palgrave.