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Nowadays approximately 9 abortions per 1000 women of fertile age are done each year in Finland. It means that about 10 000 abortions are made annually. The abortion rate and the number of abortions has decreased in the last decades. Abortions became legal in Finland in 1970. (Figures 1 and 2.)

Women in their twenties have higher abortion rate than women in their thirties or forties. Teenagers have fewer abortions nowadays than they did in 1970s and 1980s, but more than in mid-1990s. (Figure 3.)

Finland has the lowest abortion rate of all Nordic countries and Sweden has the highest. This has been the case since the mid-1980s. Before it was Denmark who had the highest abortion rate and Iceland the lowest. (Figure 4.)

Figures by Heini Väisänen / Population Research Institute

More information

National Institute for Health and Welfare, Induced abotions in Finland (pdf)