Table 1

Prevalence of the explanatory variables in the study municipalities aggregated into four major regions

Helsinki-UusimaaSouthern Finland and ÅlandWestern FinlandEastern and Northern FinlandAll municipalities
Socioeconomic variables (%±SD)*
 Social assistance recipients6.1±1.86.1±1.95.8±1.87.1±2.16.3±2.0
 Citizens with high education level30.0±5.925.1±4.424.4±5.923.5±5.325.2±5.8
Contraceptive service variables†
 OTC EC for >15 years old16 (224)24 (336)33 (462)27 (378)100 (1400)
 OTC EC for all ages16 (64)24 (96)33 (132)27 (108)100 (400)
 Contraceptive services centralised to an adolescent clinic1 (19)4 (61)1 (19)1 (10)7 (109)
 Free-of-charge contraception until the age of 20 or 254 (5)2 (11)9 (20)10 (30)25 (66)
  • *Mean percentage (±SD) across the follow-up from 2000 to 2018.

  • †Number of municipalities offering the service, and number of municipalities offering the service together with the total number of years with the service available in parenthesis.

  • OTC EC, over-the-counter emergency contraception.