Convicted adults

Annual number of adults recorded in the register of convictions. Details are available of the personal characteristics by offence.

Regardless of the number of convictions, each person is counted only once each year.

Information on age, sex and nationality have been presented per law and offence in detail since 1984. This statistical information are available at national and in almost all cases at cantonal level.

Convicted persons 2021

 

Total

SCC

RTA

NarcA

FNIA

Total adults1

88 175

30 669

47 988

4 705

13 057

Sex

         

male

72 333

24 760

39 801

4 165

11 106

female

15 842

5 909

8 187

540

1 951

Age

         

18 - 24 years

17 058

6 175

8 703

1 234

3 001

25 - 34 years

25 794

8 506

13 364

1 606

5 271

35 - 44 years

19 275

6 881

10 241

1 099

2 972

45 - 59 years

18 620

6 505

11 000

648

1 544

60 years and older

7 428

2 602

4 680

118

269

Nationality

         

Switzerland

38 175

13 832

23 600

2 167

455

Resident foreigners in Switzerland (without asylum)

23 556

8 628

14 653

970

958

other foreigners

26 444

8 209

9 735

1 568

11 644

¹ For adults, only felonies and misdemeanours are included, because contraventions are only recorded in the register of convictions as an exception.


SCC: Swiss Criminal Code
RTA: Road Traffic Act
NarcA: Narcotics Act
FNIA: Foreign Nationals and Integration Act
Source: Criminal conviction statistics (SUS), state of the Register of Criminal Conduct: 22.04.2022

Nationality of the convicted persons

For the year 2020, the FSO publishes for the first time detailed tables on convictions by nationality. Data are also available for the years of 2014 to 2019. For these years, however, many countries had to be grouped into regions, as the information contained in the criminal conviction statistics revealed some uncertainties.

To eliminate these uncertainties, the data for 2020 were compared to the one from the population statistics and were adjusted. For each person in the resident population, nationality and residence status were taken from the population statistics. By doing so, it is ensured that the calculated conviction rates - i.e. the number of convicted persons per 1000 inhabitants - are correct for each nationality.

In the explanatory report on the limitations of criminal conviction statistics in comparing crime rates of various population groups by nationality, a detailed description of measures taken to ensure the data quality and of the available tables is presented.

The data are broken down by sex and age for the Criminal Code, the Road Traffic Act, the Federal Act on Foreign Nationals and the Federal Act on Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances.

For each law, one table contains figures (absolute figures and conviction rates) for Swiss nationals and foreign nationals with a B or C permit. Another table shows the other foreign convicts.

Publication to be downloaded in German or in French

Tables relative to the nationality of the convicted persons

Further information

Tables

Tables on total of convicted persons

Tables on Swiss Criminal Code

Tables on Road Traffic Act

Tables on Narcotics Act

Tables on Foreign Nationals and Integration Act

Publications

Publication to be downloaded in German

Publication to be downloaded in French

Press releases

Historical data

Statistical sources and concepts

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Espace de l'Europe 10
CH-2010 Neuchâtel
Switzerland

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