6. The number of suicides continues decreasing

In 2011, 912 persons committed suicide. Over three out of four of them, or 710 were men. The number of suicides has last been lower than this in the 1960s. The figure was at its highest in 1990, when there were a total of 1,520 suicides in Finland. The number of suicides has decreased in particular among persons of working age.

Men's suicide mortality has always been much higher than women's. There is much variation in male suicide mortality, but among women it has remained more or less unchanged, except for the doubling of women's suicide mortality in the 1950s. In Finland suicide mortality has been almost double that of the EU average in recent years.

Figure 10. Suicide mortality in 1969 to 2011

Figure 10. Suicide mortality in 1969 to 2011

Source: Causes of death, Statistics Finland

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Updated 21.12.2012

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