Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The outbreak of COVID-19 affects the entire region. Find here global guidance as well as country-specific resources from authorities in the Northern European countries.



The outbreak of the coronavirus disesase (COVID-19) affects many countries worldwide, including the countries in Northern Europe.

Please find global guidance from World Health Organization (in multiple languages).

In addition, please refer to country-specific resources from country authorities in the Northern European countries, offering reliable information in multiple languages.

Lastly, find links and resources to learn more about the action, taken by UNHCR, partners and refugees themselves, to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in our operations around the world.

Global resources

World Health Organisation (WHO)
How to protect yourself – English French Arabic Chinese Russian | Spanish
Questions and answers – English French | Arabic | Chinese | Spanish

🇩🇰 Denmark, Danmark

Official information on COVID-19 from the Ministry of Immigration and Integration, available in Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Kurdish, Polish, Somali, Tigrinya, Turkish, Urdu

Information from Danish Health Services, compiled and translated by Migrant Health Clinic at Odense University Hospital, available in 13 languages most as both text and sound, including Arabic, Farsi, French, Kurdish Kumanci, Russian, Somali, Swahili, Tamil, Tigrinya, Turkish, Urdu

Information on COVID-19, translated by Danish Refugee Council to 25 languages, including Arabic, Bahdini, Congolese, Burmese, Sorani, Swahili, Tamil. 

Information from Danish Immigration Service on consequences of coronavirus on the services, available in Danish and English

🇪🇪 Estonia, Eesti

Official information from the Estonian Health Board and from the Government of Estonia’s Emergency Situation page, available in Estonian, Russian and English

🇫🇮 Finland, Suomi

Video information from Health Officials at HUS, available in Somali, Arabic, Russian, English

Guidance from The City of Helsinki on how to deal with the coronavirus situation, information available in French, Somali, Turkish, Sorani, Arabic, Dari

Information from the Finnish Immigration Service on coronavirus’ effects on services, available in Finnish, Swedish and English

?? Iceland, Island

Official information from Iceland’s Directorate of Health, available in Icelandic and English

?? Latvia, Latvija

Official information from Latvian government, available in Latvian, Russian and English

Information on coronavirus for refugees and asylum-seekers provided by the Red Cross in Latvia, available in Latvian, English and Russian 

?? Lithuania, Lietuva

Official and key information on coronavirus from Lithuanian government, made available by Human Aid and SocialTalk in Arabic, Dari, English, Russian

?? Norway, Norge

Information from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health on general information on coronavirus and information on isolation and home quarantine – both available in +30 languages including Amharic, Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Kinjarwanda, Kurmanji, Pashto, Sorani, Tigrinya, Urdu. Videos are available in Arabic, English, French, Sami, Tigrinya and Urdu

Information from Norwegian Immigration Service on consequences of coronavirus on the services in Norwegian and English

?? Sweden, Sverige

Official information from the Public Health Agency of Sweden, available in multiple languages including Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Pashto, Somali, Tigrinya

Official information from the Swedish Migration Agency with Q&A on coronavirus’ impact on services, available in Swedish and English and general information leaflets on preventive measures, available in multiple languages including Arabic, Dari, Georgian, Persian, Somali, Uzbek

Swedish Radio is providing audio coronavirus news coverage in multiple languages, including Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Pashto, Somali

Protecting refugees and forcibly displaced in the COVID-19 pandemic: 


See our Live Blog: Refugees in the COVID-19 crisis, highlighting some of the ways that UNHCR staff, people force to flee and supporters around the globe are taking action to stay smart, stay safe and stay kind.

See UNHCR’s Q&A: Access to health services is key to halting COVID-19 and saving refugee lives, answering some vital questions by UNHCR’s leading public health expert on why prevention and inclusion must be at the heart of the response for displaced people, especially in areas with weak health services.