In Finland, 1.3 intentional homicides are committed per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the latest comparative figures published by the statistical office of the European Union (Eurostat).
That is much less than in Latvia, the country with the highest homicide rate in the EU (5.6 per 100,000 people) and almost the same as in neighboring Sweden (1.1 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants).
However, Finland's homicide rate doubles that of other countries that at first glance might seem less secure like Greece and Spain (0.7 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants) or Italy and Czechia (0.6). In Norway, Finland's northern neighbour, the rate of intentional homicides is 0.5 per 100,000 people.
According to Eurostat, among the EU member states, the highest number of police-recorded intentional homicides per 100 000 inhabitants were recorded in Latvia (5.6), Lithuania (4.0), Estonia (2.2) and Malta (2.0). The lowest, in turn, were observed in Luxembourg (0.3), Czechia and Italy (both 0.6).