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 2020
  Total
SCC RTA NarcA FNIA
Total adults1

86 771

30 600

47 296

4 594

12 080

Sex          

male

71 311

24 705

39 289

4 122

10 303

female

15 460

5 895

8 007

472

1 777

Age          

18 - 24 years

16 114

6 044

7 931

1 344

2 755

25 - 34 years

25 176

8 519

13 070

1 534

4 843

35 - 44 years

18 916

6 844

10 151

983

2 763

45 - 59 years

19 181

6 624

11 472

633

1 461

60 years and older

7 384

2 569

4 672

100

258

Nationality          

Switzerland

38 005

13 858

23 352

2 098

504

Resident foreigners in Switzerland (without asylum)

23 245

8 701

14 184

886

994

other foreigners

25 521

8 041

9 760

1 610

10 582

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: 07.04.2021

Nationality of the convicted persons

Since 2014 up to 2019 tables are published with evaluations by nationality or nationality groups in detail. For each law one table contains the figures (absolute figures and conviction rates) for Swiss citizens and foreign nationals with B or C permits. A second table gives figures for all other foreigners. Figures are shown by sex and age for offences under the Swiss Criminal Code, the Road Traffic Act, the Foreign Nationals Act and the Narcotics Act.

An accompanying report deals with the limitations of the convictions statistics when comparing the conviction rates of different population groups by nationality, reveals the steps necessary to ensure quality management of the data and describes the tables provided in detail.

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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