Official Statistics of Finland

Prosecutions, sentences and punishments

Producer: Statistics Finland

Latest release:
Number of petty fines issued per cent higher than one year previously
26 Sep 2018
According to Statistics Finland's data, 22 per cent more petty fines were issued in 2017 than one year earlier. The number of petty fines amounted to around 330,600 in total. Of them, 83 per cent were a result of camera surveillance. The number of petty fines issued based on camera surveillance was 54 per cent higher than in 2016. Nearly one-half of the petty fines issued in 2017 amounted to EUR 170.

Next release:
26 Sep 2019

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Change: Appendix tables in the publication have been replaced by PX-Web database tables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: 19.8.2019].
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