Updated: 29 Dec 2017
Next update: 17 Dec 2018

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.


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.