Official Statistics of Finland

Prosecutions, sentences and punishments

Producer: Statistics Finland

Latest release:
Four per cent more imprisonments sentenced than one year ago
26 Sep 2019
According to Statistics Finland's data, 4.4 per cent more sentences of imprisonment were passed in 2018 than one year earlier. A total of 20,008 sentences of imprisonment were passed. The downward trend in the number of imprisonments that has continued since 2004 stopped in 2018. Twenty-eight per cent of imprisonments were sentences carried out in prison. In all, 64 per cent of imprisonments were conditional.

Next release:
24 Sep 2020

Description: These statistics contain data on the sentences issued and waived, and charges rejected by courts of first instance. In addition to the prosecutions at district courts and at courts of appeal acting as courts of first instance, the statistics also contain data on the summary penal fines imposed by the prosecutor and on petty fines imposed by the police, customs officials or frontier guard authorities. As a rule, a person is recorded in the statistics as many times as aforementioned decisions have been made about him or her. Another main mode of recording applied in these statistics is the so-called principal offence rule, according to which each defendant or convicted person is described by the most serious offence under the severest punishment decision category of the court.
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Change: Appendix tables in the publication have been replaced by PX-Web database tables
09 Dec 2009
The figures in the PX-Web tables differ slightly from the earlier ones in the appendix tables.

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Prosecutions, sentences and punishments [e-publication].
ISSN=2343-1679. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 4.6.2020].
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