Published: 11 June 2009

Number of road traffic fatalities down by 10 per cent in 2008

A total of 6,881 road traffic accidents involving personal injury occurred in 2008. The number of persons killed in these accidents was 344 and 8,513 persons sustained injuries. There were 36 fewer fatalities than in 2007. The number of accidents involving personal injury and the number of injured persons were higher than in the year before.

Traffic safety developed positively in 2008 especially as regards summer traffic. In May-June fatalities numbered 33 fewer than in the respective period of the previous year. The number of fatalities was lower especially in head-on collisions. The road traffic fatalities of children and young people also decreased clearly. A total of 8 children died in road traffic, which is as many as 6 fewer than in the year before. The number of fatalities among young people was 76, while in the year before the respective figure was 93.

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 1995-2008

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
2008 344 8 513 6 881
* Compilation method changed

Source: Road Traffic Accidents 2008. Statistics Finland and Traffic Safety in Finland.

Inquiries: Statistics Finland, Ms Mari Törmänen +358 9 1734 3215, Mr Juha-Pekka Konttinen +358 9 1734 3260
Traffic Safety in Finland, Mr Petri Jääskeläinen +358 20 7282 300

Director in charge: Ms Hannele Orjala

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Last updated 11.6.2009

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Statistics on road traffic accidents [e-publication].
ISSN=2342-3846. 2008. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 27.5.2019].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/ton/2008/ton_2008_2009-06-11_tie_001_en.html