The Deaconess Foundation merged its healthcare and social welfare business services into one company called Rinnekodit Oy


The merger created Finland’s largest private social enterprise in the health and social services sector, serving nearly 5 000 customers and employing 2 800 people nationwide. Rinnekodit Oy will become the fourth largest social services provider in Finland.

Two people sitting on a sofa. They are with the customer of Rinnekodit on their pathway in life.

“People are always at the centre of everything we do, and our aim is to create a life of dignity for everyone.”

The consolidation involved merging the Deaconess Foundation’s Rinnekoti business operations, Diakonissalaitoksen Hoiva Oy and Caritas Palvelut Oy. The name of the new legal company is Rinnekodit Oy and its brand name is Rinnekodit. The changes will take place on 1.11.2023.

”Our goal is to better meet the challenges in this sector and to provide comprehensive services for the needs of the wellbeing services counties. As a non-profit foundation group, profitable business activities are above all a tool for us to build a more just society. We use all our profits to help people in vulnerable situations. This change will also increase transparency by making a clear legal distinction between the Deaconess Foundation’s non-profit activities and business operations”, says Olli Holmström, the CEO of the Deaconess Foundation.

Provider of special services for urbanizing Finland

Rinnekodit provides effective health and social services for the elderly, for intellectually or otherwise disabled people, for people with addictive disorders and for homeless people, for children and youth, as well as for other people in need of special support. Rinnekodit operates in more than 20 locations nationwide, serving 14 wellbeing services counties. The company has a turnover of €230 million.

”In the future we want to increase our services for the elderly, for children and young people with special needs and for the homeless, among others. Our special expertise is in demand, especially in larger cities. We want to be a partner for the wellbeing services counties in reforming the health and social services network and provide modern homes for people who need support in everyday life”, says Leila Rutanen, the Business Director of Rinnekodit.

With the customer on their pathway in life

Rinnekodit is wholly owned by the Deaconess Foundation. The values of the more than 155-year-old foundation are strongly reflected also in the operations of the new company. We invest in the wellbeing of both our staff and our customers.

”Each customer has their own kind of pathway in life.  It is especially important to us that the customer is heard and can influence the content of their service. People are always at the centre of everything we do, and our aim is to create a life of dignity for everyone. Our staff plays a key role in enabling our customers to have a good life”, Rutanen says.

For more information:

Olli Holmström, CEO of the Deaconess Foundation,, tel. +358 50 483 6313
Leila Rutanen, Business Director of Rinnekodit Oy,, tel. +358 40 669 1855

Laura Niemi, Communications and Sustainability Director of the Deaconess Foundation,, tel. +358 50 3738602
Taina Rönnqvist, Communication and Marketing Director of Rinnekodit Oy,, tel. +358 44 762 1992

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