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Civilian Guns

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

ChartThe estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in Finland is

2017: 1,793,0001
2015: 1,542,3962
2012: 1,555,1003
2009: 1,738,0004 5 6
2005: 2,400,0007

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

ChartThe estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) per 100 people in Finland is

2017: 32.401
2012: 29.003
2009: 32.618 9 6
2005: 45.77

Number of Privately Owned Rifles

ChartIn Finland, the number of rifles in civilian possession is reported to be

2015: 424,1442
2010: 665,00010

Number of Privately Owned Shotguns

ChartIn Finland, the number of shotguns in civilian possession is reported to be

2015: 579,5002
2010: 600,00011

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

ChartIn Finland, the number of handguns in civilian possession is reported to be

2015: 226,9682
2010: 250,00012 3

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Finland ranked at No. 3313

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Finland ranked at No. 47

Proportion of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

In Finland, the percentage of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be

2015: 13%14

Proportion of Households with Firearms

ChartIn Finland, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2005: 37.9%15
1999/2003: 23.7%
1995/98: 28.8%
1992: 25.2%16
1992/94: 25.4%15
1989: 25.5%

Proportion of Households with Rifles

In Finland, the percentage of households with one or more rifles is reported to be

1992: 14.6%16

Proportion of Households with Shotguns

In Finland, the percentage of households with one or more shotguns is reported to be

1992: 18.4%16

Proportion of Households with Handguns

ChartIn Finland, the percentage of households with one or more handguns is reported to be

2005: 6.3%15
1999/2003: 6.4%
1995/98: 6.0%
1992/94: 6.3%15 16
1989: 7.2%

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

The number of licensed gun owners in Finland is reported to be 672,77217 18

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

The rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in Finland is 12.628

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Finland is reported to be

2017: 1,542,3961
2010: 1,580,00019

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

The rate of registered guns per 100 people in Finland is 3020

Estimated Number of Illicit Firearms

Unlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Finland there are estimated to be

2017: 250,6041

Estimated Rate of Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

Unlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Finland the rate of illicit firearms per 100 people is estimated to be 2.968

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Finland are reported to have 474,03021 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Finland are reported to have 14,00022 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Finland, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 13523
2013: 177
2012: 15724 25 26 27
2011: 18424 25 26
2010: 19528
2009: 20624 25 29
2008: 238
2007: 19724 25 26 29
2006: 206
2005: 184
2004: 253
2003: 255
2002: 229
2001: 270
2000: 23524 25 30 29
1999: 31324 25 26 29
1998: 295
1997: 346
1996: 323

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn Finland, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2014: 2.4823
2013: 3.26
2012: 2.90
2011: 3.42
2010: 3.64
2009: 3.868
2008: 4.49
2007: 3.73
2006: 3.92
2005: 3.51
2004: 4.85
2003: 4.90
2002: 4.41
2001: 5.21
2000: 4.55
1999: 6.07
1998: 5.73
1997: 6.74
1996: 6.31

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Finland, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 12723
2013: 165
2012: 143
2011: 172
2010: 187

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Finland, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 823
2013: 12
2012: 14
2011: 12
2010: 8

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Finland, annual homicides by any means total

2016: 8331
2015: 8832
2014: 7523
2013: 77
2012: 72
2011: 99
2010: 101
2009: 120
2008: 133
2007: 130
2006: 119
2005: 117
2004: 146
2003: 105
2002: 132
2001: 156
2000: 148
1999: 14333
1998: 113
1997: 13933 34
1996: 153
1995: 146

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Finland, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2016: 1.5031
2015: 1.6032
2014: 2.4823
2013: 3.26
2012: 2.90
2011: 3.42
2010: 3.64
2009: 2.2
2008: 2.5
2007: 2.5
2006: 2.3
2005: 2.2
2004: 2.8
2003: 2.0
2002: 2.5
2001: 3.0
2000: 2.9
1999: 2.833
1998: 2.2
1997: 2.7
1996: 3.0
1995: 2.9
1994: 3.2435

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Finland, annual male homicides by any means total

2015: 7136
2014: 4823
2013: 58
2012: 36
2011: 64
2010: 79

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Finland, annual female homicides by any means total

2015: 1736
2014: 27
2013: 19
2012: 36
2011: 35
2010: 22

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Finland, annual firearm homicides total

2014: 1124
2013: 15
2012: 16
2011: 18
2010: 14
2009: 2224 37 33
2008: 30
2007: 23
2006: 17
2005: 11
2004: 3024 33
2003: 18
2002: 2024
2001: 30
2000: 32
1999: 33
1998: 2224 33
1997: 4024
1996: 34

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Finland, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.2023
2013: 0.28
2012: 0.30
2011: 0.33
2010: 0.26
2009: 0.4124 8 33
2008: 0.56
2007: 0.43
2006: 0.32
2005: 0.21
2004: 0.5724 33
2003: 0.35
2002: 0.3824
2001: 0.58
2000: 0.62
1999: 0.64
1998: 0.4324 33
1997: 0.7824
1996: 0.66
1994: 0.8638

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

ChartIn Finland, the percentage of homicides committed with a firearm is reported to be

2012: 19%37
2011: 14%37 39
2010: 12%37
2009: 20%37
2008: 23%
2007: 19%
2006: 10%
2005: 25%
2004: 19.6%33
2003: 18%
1998: 19.5%

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Finland, annual male firearm homicides total

2015: 723
2014: 7
2013: 9
2012: 7
2011: 10
2010: 11

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Finland, annual female firearm homicides total

2015: 423
2014: 4
2013: 6
2012: 9
2011: 8
2010: 3

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Finland, annual handgun homicides total

2014: 224
2013: 5
2012: 3
2011: 2
2010: 7
2009: 8
2008: 14
2007: 9
2006: 3
2005: 2
2004: 6
2003: 5
2002: 10
2001: 6
2000: 9
1999: 9
1998: 7
1997: 18
1996: 17

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Finland, the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.0424
2013: 0.09
2012: 0.06
2011: 0.04
2010: 0.13
2009: 0.15
2008: 0.26
2007: 0.17
2006: 0.06
2005: 0.04
2004: 0.11
2003: 0.10
2002: 0.19
2001: 0.12
2000: 0.17
1999: 0.17
1998: 0.14
1997: 0.35
1996: 0.33

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Finland, annual long gun homicides total

2014: 524
2013: 6
2012: 9
2011: 2
2010: 5
2009: 7
2008: 8
2007: 5
2006: 7
2005: 4
2004: 15
2003: 11
2002: 9
2001: 13
2000: 12
1999: 14
1998: 6
1997: 22
1996: 13

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Finland, the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.0924
2013: 0.11
2012: 0.17
2011: 0.04
2010: 0.09
2009: 0.13
2008: 0.15
2007: 0.09
2006: 0.13
2005: 0.08
2004: 0.29
2003: 0.21
2002: 0.17
2001: 0.25
2000: 0.23
1999: 0.27
1998: 0.12
1997: 0.43
1996: 0.25

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Finland, annual gun homicides (other) total

2014: 424
2013: 4
2012: 4
2011: 14
2010: 2
2009: 7
2008: 8
2007: 9
2006: 7
2005: 5
2004: 9
2003: 2
2002: 1
2001: 11
2000: 11
1999: 10
1998: 9
1996: 4

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Finland, the annual rate of gun homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.0724
2013: 0.07
2012: 0.07
2011: 0.26
2010: 0.04
2009: 0.13
2008: 0.15
2007: 0.17
2006: 0.13
2005: 0.10
2004: 0.17
2003: 0.04
2002: 0.02
2001: 0.21
2000: 0.21
1999: 0.19
1998: 0.17
1996: 0.08

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Finland, annual suicides by any means total

2014: 78323
2013: 887
2012: 872
2011: 908
2010: 951
1998: 1,22830

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Finland, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2014: 14.3623
2013: 16.33
2012: 16.13
2011: 16.88
2010: 17.76
1998: 23.5830
1994: 27.2640

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Finland, annual male suicides by any means total

2014: 59523
2013: 666
2012: 654
2011: 708
2010: 716

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Finland, annual female suicides by any means total

2014: 18823
2013: 221
2012: 218
2011: 200
2010: 235

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Finland, annual firearm suicides total

2014: 12223
2013: 160
2012: 13925 27
2011: 16525
2010: 179
2009: 181
2008: 207
2007: 172
2006: 183
2005: 169
2004: 219
2003: 232
2002: 205
2001: 234
2000: 200
1999: 268
1998: 267
1997: 302
1996: 278

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Finland, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2014: 2.2423
2013: 2.95
2012: 2.57
2011: 3.07
2010: 3.34
2009: 3.39
2008: 3.9
2007: 3.25
2006: 3.48
2005: 3.22
2004: 4.19
2003: 4.45
2002: 3.94
2001: 4.51
2000: 3.86
1999: 5.19
1998: 5.18
1997: 5.88
1996: 5.43
1994: 5.7841

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Finland, annual male firearm suicides total

2014: 11823
2013: 154
2012: 134
2011: 161
2010: 174

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Finland, annual female firearm suicides total

2014: 423
2013: 6
2012: 5
2011: 4
2010: 5

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Finland, annual handgun suicides total

2014: 325
2013: 1
2012: 51
2011: 55
2010: 58
2009: 62
2008: 57
2007: 67
2006: 54
2005: 54
2004: 73
2003: 64
2002: 63
2001: 79
2000: 61
1999: 76
1998: 86
1997: 98
1996: 104

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Finland, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.0525
2013: 0.02
2012: 0.94
2011: 1.02
2010: 1.08
2009: 1.16
2008: 1.07
2007: 1.27
2006: 1.03
2005: 1.03
2004: 1.40
2003: 1.23
2002: 1.21
2001: 1.52
2000: 1.18
1999: 1.47
1998: 1.67
1997: 1.91
1996: 2.03

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Finland, the number of long gun suicides is

2014: 4725
2013: 51
2012: 78
2011: 104
2010: 110
2009: 109
2008: 140
2007: 97
2006: 120
2005: 112
2004: 139
2003: 156
2002: 130
2001: 146
2000: 125
1999: 172
1998: 152
1997: 199
1996: 168

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Finland, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.8625
2013: 0.94
2012: 1.44
2011: 1.93
2010: 2.05
2009: 2.04
2008: 2.63
2007: 1.83
2006: 2.28
2005: 2.13
2004: 2.66
2003: 2.99
2002: 2.50
2001: 2.81
2000: 2.41
1999: 3.33
1998: 2.95
1997: 3.87
1996: 3.28

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Finland, annual gun suicides (other) total

2014: 625
2013: 3
2012: 10
2011: 6
2010: 11
2009: 10
2008: 10
2007: 8
2006: 9
2005: 3
2004: 7
2003: 12
2002: 12
2001: 9
2000: 14
1999: 20
1998: 29
1997: 5
1996: 6

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Finland, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.1125
2013: 0.06
2012: 0.18
2011: 0.11
2010: 0.21
2009: 0.19
2008: 0.19
2007: 0.15
2006: 0.17
2005: 0.06
2004: 0.13
2003: 0.23
2002: 0.23
2001: 0.17
2000: 0.27
1999: 0.39
1998: 0.56
1997: 0.10
1996: 0.12

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Finland, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2014: 126
2013: 0
2012: 226 27
2011: 126
2010: 1
2007: 1
2006: 4
2005: 1
2004: 2
2003: 3
2002: 3
2001: 2
2000: 030
1999: 626
1998: 3
1997: 2
1996: 3

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Finland, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.0223
2013: 0.04
2012: 0.04
2011: 0.02
2010: 0.02
2007: 0.02
2006: 0.08
2005: 0.02
2004: 0.04
2003: 0.06
2002: 0.06
2001: 0.04
2000: 0.0030
1999: 0.1226
1998: 0.06
1997: 0.04
1996: 0.06
1994: 0.1242

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Finland, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2014: 123
2013: 0
2012: 2
2011: 1
2010: 1

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Finland, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2014: 023
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Finland, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2011: 126
2010: 1
2005: 1
2004: 1
2003: 2
2002: 1
1999: 1
1998: 1
1997: 1
1996: 1

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Finland, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2011: 0.0226
2010: 0.02
2005: 0.02
2004: 0.02
2003: 0.04
2002: 0.02
1999: 0.02
1998: 0.02
1997: 0.02
1996: 0.02

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Finland, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2014: 126
2012: 2
2007: 1
2006: 3
2004: 1
2003: 1
2002: 2
2001: 2
1999: 5
1998: 2
1997: 1
1996: 2

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Finland, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.0226
2012: 0.04
2007: 0.02
2006: 0.06
2004: 0.02
2003: 0.02
2002: 0.04
2001: 0.04
1999: 0.10
1998: 0.04
1997: 0.02
1996: 0.04

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

In Finland, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2006: 126

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

In Finland, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2006: 0.0226

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Finland, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2014: 129
2013: 2
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 1
2009: 3
2008: 1
2007: 1
2006: 2
2005: 3
2004: 2
2003: 2
2002: 1
2001: 4
2000: 3
1999: 6
1998: 3
1997: 2
1996: 8

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Finland, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.0229
2013: 0.04
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.06
2008: 0.02
2007: 0.02
2006: 0.04
2005: 0.06
2004: 0.04
2003: 0.04
2002: 0.02
2001: 0.08
2000: 0.06
1999: 0.12
1998: 0.06
1997: 0.04
1996: 0.16
1994: 0.1043

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Finland, annual male shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2014: 123
2013: 2
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 1

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Finland, annual female shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2014: 023
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Finland, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 129
2009: 1
2008: 1
2006: 1
2003: 1
2001: 4
1999: 1
1998: 1
1997: 2
1996: 1

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Finland, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.0229
2009: 0.02
2008: 0.02
2006: 0.02
2003: 0.02
2001: 0.08
1999: 0.02
1998: 0.02
1997: 0.04
1996: 0.02

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Finland, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 129
2009: 2
2007: 1
2006: 1
2005: 3
2000: 2
1999: 4
1998: 2
1996: 6

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Finland, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.0229
2009: 0.04
2007: 0.02
2006: 0.02
2005: 0.06
2000: 0.04
1999: 0.08
1998: 0.04
1996: 0.12

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Finland, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2014: 129
2010: 1
2004: 2
2003: 1
2002: 1
2000: 1
1999: 1
1996: 1

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Finland, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.0229
2010: 0.02
2004: 0.04
2003: 0.02
2002: 0.02
2000: 0.02
1999: 0.02
1996: 0.02

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Finland, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence44 45 46

Small Arms Manufacture - World Ranking

In a classification of the world's small, medium and major firearm manufacturers, Finland was ranked 'small'47

Home-made Guns

In Finland, the prevalence of illicit craft, or 'home-made' firearm manufacture is reported to be low4849

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Finland, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60

Firearm Exports (Number)

ChartThe annual number of firearms exported from Finland is reported by manufacturers to be

2017: 1,41461
2016: 1,448
2015: 1,042
2014: 2,728
2013: 1,752
2012: 802
2011: 757
2010: 171
2009: 239
2008: 765
2007: 255
2006: 445

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

ChartThe annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Finland is reported by Customs to be US$

2016: 174,251,38262
2015: 171,441,511
2014: 185,765,370
2013: 186,203,354
2012: 141,144,84662 63
2011: 65,099,23564
2010: 1,300,00065

Small Arms Exports - World Ranking

In a comparison of the world's major/mid-level/minor/unknown small arms exporters, Finland was categorized as 'major'66 67 68

Firearm Imports

In Finland, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law69 52 70 71 53 54 55 56 57 58 59

Firearm Imports (Number)

ChartThe annual number of firearms imported to Finland is reported to be

2017: 20161
2016: 1,095
2015: 86
2014: 90
2013: 994
2012: 275
2011: 66
2010: 93
2009: 75
2008: 568
2007: 1,621
2006: 732

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

ChartThe annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Finland is reported by Customs to be US$

2016: 25,446,32262
2015: 21,909,154
2014: 26,043,128
2013: 24,366,701
2012: 22,896,51762 72 73
2011: 22,321,55264 74
2010: 21,000,00075

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in Finland is low76

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Finland, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law77 78 79 80

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Finland include81 82 certification of the intended end user of any small arms or ammunition transfer, and/or a written declaration of its intended end use

Transparency of Small Arms Transfers

ChartIn its annual Small Arms Trade Transparency Barometer, the Small Arms Survey compares public reporting among major arms exporting nations on a scale from strong to weak (25 to zero). In recent years, Finland scored

2018: 14.5083
2016: 14.7584
2014: 14.7585
2013: 14.2586
2012: 14.2587
2011: 14.0088
2010: 14.2589
2009: 15.0090
2008: 15.0091
2007: 14.7592
2006: 15.0093
2005: 15.5094
2004: 14.7595

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Finland is categorised as restrictive96

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Finland includes the Firearms Act and Decree of 1998,97 46 the Act on the Export and Transit of Defence Materiel,98 the Council Directive of 18 June 1991 on Control of the Acquisition and Possession of Weapons,99 100 the European Union Firearms Regulation of 2012, the Common Position on the Control of Arms Brokering of 2003,101 and the Convention of 1 July 1969 on Reciprocal Recognition of Proofmarks on Small Arms102

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Finland are regulated by the Ministry of the Interior and the local Police,103 104 and the European Commission100

Right to Possess Firearms

In Finland, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law105 106 107

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Finland, civilians are not allowed to possess automatic firearms, disguised firearms, armour piercing and incendiary ammunition108 109

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Finland, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited, with few exceptions110 108 109 111 39

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Finland, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted under licence in some cases110 111 112 113 114

Regulation of Handguns

In Finland, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted under licence in some cases110 108 115 112 113 114 39

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Finland, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law39

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Finland, only licensed gun owners52 116 117 118 115 112 39 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Finland are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example hunting, target shooting, gun collecting, employment requirements119 110 120 121 122 123

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Finland is 18 years, or 15 years with parental consent120 123

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Finland must pass a background check which considers criminal background124 123 39 125 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In Finland, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are not required97 126

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Finland does not stipulate107 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Finland, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required (in the workplace)120 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Finland gun owners are licensed for an indefinite period127 128

Licensing Records

In Finland, authorities maintain a record129 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in Finland are permitted to possess up to a maximum of 10 firearms107 130

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Finland are permitted to possess any quantity of ammunition107 131

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Finland, the law requires129 132 111 133 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In Finland, licensed firearm dealers are required134 111 133 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In Finland, licensed gun makers are required46 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Finland, State agencies are required132 to maintain records of the storage and movement of all firearms and ammunition under their control

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Finland, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited without a permit135

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Finland, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful44 136 137 138 52 139 113

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Finland, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated107 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Finland include140 141 142 120 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private firearms and ammunition by licensed gun owners

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Dealer

Firearm regulations in Finland include143 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in Finland include144 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Finland include140 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Finland, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law145 146 132 147 148 149

Firearm Tracing

In Finland, state authorities carry out145 146 148 133 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Finland, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not107 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Finland, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is prohibited, except for an authorised work assignment150 151 39

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Finland, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is prohibited, except for an authorised work assignment150 151 39

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Finland, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm152 is two years in prison153 154

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Authorities in Finland are known to have155 implemented voluntary firearm surrender schemes, and/or weapon seizure programmes in order to reduce the number of illicit firearms in circulation

Firearms Surrendered and Seized

ChartIn Finland, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered, bought back or seized by authorities is reported to be

2016: 5,384130
2015: 3,675
2013: 3,149156
2012: 2,642
2011: 3,023
2010: 2,783

Small Arms Destroyed

ChartIn Finland, the number of firearms destroyed following amnesty, collection and seizure programmes is reported to be

2011: 6,677157
2009: 6,338155

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Finland, it is state policy158 159 155 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market

MeasuresInternational Controls

Regional Agreements

European Union

As a member of the European Union, Finland is bound by the provisions of the ‘EU Firearms Directive’ – the 2007 Legislative Resolution on Control of the Acquisition and Possession of Weapons of the European Parliament160 161

European Union Export Reporting

Under the European Union Common Position on Arms Exports, Finland is bound to declare its transfers of military technology and equipment. Independent monitoring provides detailed comparisons of arms export reporting compliance across EU member states, and records that Finland has submitted one or more national reports162 on its arms transfers

Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development

The Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development, a diplomatic initiative aimed at addressing the interrelations between armed violence and development, was signed in 2006163 by Finland.

Arms Trade Treaty

The Arms Trade Treaty has been signed and ratified164 by Finland

United Nations Firearms Protocol

The United Nations Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition has been signed and ratified165 by Finland

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Finland committed to a consensus decision of the United Nations to adopt, support and implement the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects166

UNPoA Implementation Monitor Score

In its UN small arms Programme of Action Implementation Monitor (PoAIM Phase 1), the Small Arms Survey scored Finland against its commitments to the PoA, then ranked it at No. 9167 168 169 170 among 159 Member States

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Finland has submitted one or more national reports171 172 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Finland, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated173 172

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Finland, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated174

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of Finland submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was apparent173 172

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have been donated172 by Finland to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Finland has declared175 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Finland has been a Member State of the United Nations since 1955176

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies lists177 Finland as a Participating State

BackgroundCountry Profile

Conflict Profile

For a profile of conflict in Finland, select the Link icon to open an external web page from the UCDP Conflict Encyclopedia at Uppsala University

Global Peace Index

To see where Finland ranks, select the Link icon to open an external web page at the Global Peace Index


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