Published: 12 May 2021

Number of motor vehicle thefts has fallen, number of narcotics offences is growing

Corrected 12 May 2021. Figure 5 in review 1 has been corrected.

According to Statistics Finland's data, 543,400 offences against the Criminal Code were recorded by the police, customs and border guard during 2020. The number of suspects of the 313,400 solved offences against the Criminal Code was 339,700. Altogether 351,900 persons and 116,900 enterprises or legal persons were registered as injured parties. Not all offences necessarily have an injured party. The number of victims of offences was 67,900.

Certain offences per 10,000 population

Certain offences per 10,000 population

The number of narcotics offences recorded per 10,000 population has risen considerably since the beginning of the 2000s. In 2000, altogether 26 narcotics offences per 10,000 population were recorded. In 2020, this number was already 67. On the other hand, for example, unauthorised uses and thefts of motor vehicles have decreased considerably. In 2020, their recorded number was 11.3 per 10,000 population, while at the turn of the millennium it was 50.9 per 10,000 population.

At the beginning of the 1990s, nearly 400 theft offences per 10,000 population were recorded, while in 2020 the figure was only around 250 per 10,000 population.

In recent years, the highest number of assaults relative to the population has been recorded in the region of Kainuu. In 2020, a total of 75.9 assaults per 10,000 population were recorded there, while the average for the whole country was 60.1. Statistics Finland's StatFin database contains further information on the offences recorded relative to the population at the level of municipalities and regions.

Detailed information on reported offences and persons suspected of offences, as well as victims of offences and injured parties, can be found in the reviews of this publication and in the Statfin database.

Source: Statistics on offences and coercive measures 2020, Offences reported. Statistics Finland

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Updated 12.5.2021

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Statistics on offences and coercive measures [e-publication].
ISSN=2342-9178. 13 2020. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 27.10.2021].
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