Published: 12 June 2008

Number of road traffic fatalities up by 13 per cent in 2007

A total of 6,657 road traffic accidents involving personal injury occurred in 2007. A total of 380 persons were killed in these accidents and 8,446 sustained injuries. There were 44 more fatalities than in 2006. The number of road traffic accidents involving personal injury and the number of injured persons decreased from the year before.

The favourable traffic safety development of 2006 did not continue in 2007. The number of fatalities in head-on collisions and in accidents with several fatalities returned to the level of the year before. In 2007 every third road traffic fatality occurred in summer traffic, which for passenger car motorists was clearly worse than average. The number of persons killed in passenger cars in the summer of 2007 was 77, which is 23 more than in 2006. As regards bicycle and pedestrian traffic, summer 2007 was better than summer 2006. The number of fatalities among pedestrians and cyclists was 17. In 2006 it was 30.

The Finnish Road Administration's release on recorded road traffic accidents on main roads is available on the Road Administration's Internet pages at: www.tiehallinto.fi

Table. Road traffic fatalities and injuries 1995-2007

Year Killed Injured Accidents involving
personal injury
1995 441 10 191 7 812
1996 404 9 299 7 274
1997 438 8 957 6 980
1998 400 9 097 6 902
1999 431 9 052 6 997
2000 396 8 508 6 633
2001 433 8 411 6 451
2002 415 8 156 6 196
2003 379 *9 088 *6 907
2004 375 8 791 6 767
2005 379 8 983 7 022
2006 336 8 580 6 740
2007 380 8 446 6 657
* Compilation method changed

Source: Road Traffic Accidents 2007. Statistics Finland and Traffic Safety in Finland.

Inquiries: Statistics Finland, Mr Ville Vertanen +358 9 1734 3343,
Traffic Safety in Finland, Mr Petri Jääskeläinen +358 20 7282 300

Director in charge: Ms Hannele Orjala

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Last updated 12.6.2008

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Statistics on road traffic accidents [e-publication].
ISSN=2342-3846. 2007. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 27.5.2019].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/ton/2007/ton_2007_2008-06-12_tie_001_en.html