Updated: 30.12.2015 - Next update: 30.12.2016

Number of suicides fell clearly

In 2014, suicides were committed by 789 persons, which was nearly 100 fewer than in the year before. The number of suicides was at its highest in 1990, when there were over 1,500 suicides in Finland. Since then, suicide mortality has decreased by nearly 30 per cent in ten years.

Men's suicide mortality is much higher than women's. In 2014, suicide mortality or the number of suicides a year per 100,000 population was 14.4, being 22.3 for men and 6.9 for women. Three out of four of the persons who committed a suicide were men.

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.