|Updated: 21.12.2012 - Next update: 30.12.2013|
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.
Statistics Finland / Causes of death
Description of indicator
Statistics Finland produces statistics on causes of death and on the development of mortality. The statistics on causes of death are compiled from data obtained from death certificates, which are supplemented with data from the population information system of the Population Register Centre.
The statistics on causes of death cover the persons who have died in Finland or abroad during the calendar year and who at the time of death were domiciled in Finland.