Simo Näyhä

Simo NäyhäTitle: 
Professor Emeritus

Docent in Public Health (University of Oulu 1987)
Ph.D. (University of Oulu, 1980)
M.D. (University of Oulu, 1971)

University of Oulu, Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research (CERH)

Visiting address:
Aapistie 5B, 1st floor
Room number:

Phone number:
+358 40 5646 159, +358 553 7250

simo.nayha (at)

Public health, epidemiology, mortality, longevity, medical geography, seasons, cold, heat

Research fields:
Temporal variations in mortality (long-term trends, seasonal and daily variations); Occurrence of cold and heat related symptoms in population; Mortality and morbidity by small geographical areas; Temporal trends in smoking

Selected publications:

  • Näyhä S, Hassi J, Jousilahti P, Laatikainen T, Ikäheimo TM. Cold-related symptoms among the healthy and sick of the general population: National FINRISK Study data, 2012 Public Health 2011; 125(6): 380-388
  • Lankila T, Näyhä S, Rautio A, Nordström T, Koiranen M, Taanila A, Rusanen J. Self-reported health in urban-rural continuum: a grid-based analysis of Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1966. Int J Public Health 2012; 57(3): 525-533
  • Näyhä S, Kivastik J, Kingisepp PH, Heikkinen R. Smoking differences between employees in faculties of the University of Tartu, Estonia, and changes during the country’s transition.  BMC Public Health 2011: 11: 153  
  • Näyhä S. Heat mortality in Finland in the 2000s. Int J Circumpolar Health 2007; 66(5): 418-424
  • Donaldson GC, Keatinge WR, Näyhä S. Changes in summer temperature and heat-related mortality since 1971 in North Carolina, South Finland, and Southeast England. Environ Res 2003; 91(7): 1-7
  • Näyhä S. Traffic deaths and superstition on Friday the 13th. Am J Psychiatry 2002; 159: 2110-2111
  • Rytkönen M, Rusanen J, Näyhä S. Small-area variation in mortality in the city of Oulu, Finland, during the period 1978–1995. Health and Place 2001; 7: 75-79
  • Keatinge WR, Donaldson GC, Cordioli E, Martinelli M, Kunst AE, Mackenbach JP, Nayha S, Vuori I. Heat related mortality in warm and cold regions of Europe: observational study. Brit Med J 2000; 321; 670-673.
  • Keatinge WR, Donaldson GC, Bucher K, Jendritzky G, Cordioli E, Martinelli M, Dardadoni L, Katsouyanni K, Kunst AE, Mackenbach JP, McDonald C, Nayha S, Vuori I. Cold exposure and winter mortality from ischaemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, respiratory disease, and all causes in warm and cold regions of Europe. Lancet 1997; 349: 1341–1346

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Last updated: 13.7.2017