Number of suicides increased somewhat from the previous year
The second most common accidental or violent cause of death was suicides. The number of suicides has decreased relatively evenly since 1990, when more than 1,500 suicides were committed in Finland. Over the past ten years, the number of suicides has decreased by one-third among women and by nearly one-quarter among men. In 2016, altogether 787 persons committed suicide, which was over 50 cases more than in the previous year but almost the same number as in 2014.
Men committed clearly more suicides than women. More than three-quarters of suicides were committed by men. Men’s suicides are, however, more evenly divided between different age groups than women’s. In suicides committed by women, those committed by young people aged under 25 are more emphasised than among men. The average age of those who committed suicide was 49 to 50 for both women and men.