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Prosecutions, sentences and punishments

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF)
Statistics on prosecutions, sentences and punishments contain data on punishments imposed by courts of first instance, on those for whom a punishment has been waived, and on dismissed charges. The data are obtained from the Ministry of Justice and the Legal Register Centre and published once a year.


Statistics Finland

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According to Statistics Finland, 54,280 sentences were passed in courts of first instance in 2021, which is nine per cent more than in 2020. The growth was biggest for sexual offences, for which 17 per cent more were sentenced in 2021 than one year earlier. The number of sentences passed for offences against life and health also increased by 14 per cent from the year before. However, the number of persons sentenced for offences against life and health has generally been falling.

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