Convicted persons

The annual number of convicted juveniles and 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 shown only once per law or offence in any given year. Information on age, sex and nationality have been presented per law and offence in detail since 1999 for minors and since 1984 for adults. This statistical information are available at national and in almost all cases at cantonal level.

Convicted persons 2018
  Total
SCC RTA NarcA FNA
Total minors1

11 880

7 433

1 200

4 750

474

Sex          

male

9 241

5 489

1 102

3 988

395

female

2 639

1 944

98

762

79

Age          

up to
14 years

1 970

1 617

198

303

36

15 years

2 007

1 333

197

712

72

16 years

2 875

1 625

320

1 289

142

from
17 years

5 028

2 858

485

2 446

224

Nationality          

Switzerland

7 666

4 388

822

3 618

5

Resident foreigners in Switzerland (without asylum)

2 881

2 125

316

882

18

other foreigners

1 333

920

62

250

451

Total adults2

97 807

30 802

54 379

5 498

15 773

Sex          

male

80 515

24 882

45 198

4 981

13 293

female

17 292

5 920

9 181

517

2 480

Age          

18 - 24 years

18 152

6 268

8 442

1 737

3 848

25 - 34 years

29 285

8 753

15 514

1 936

6 197

35 - 44 years

21 065

6 742

11 680

1 049

3 543

45 - 59 years

21 459

6 632

13 456

708

1 866

60 years and older

7 846

2 407

5 287

68

319

Nationality          

Switzerland

40 968

13 534

26 268

2 247

724

Resident foreigners in Switzerland (without asylum)

24 212

8 309

15 270

1 015

1 296

other foreigners

32 627

8 959

12 841

2 236

13 753

¹ For juvenile convictions, felonies, misdemeanours and contraventions are taken into account.
² 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
FNA: Foreign Nationals Act
Sources:
Statistics on criminal conviction of minors (JUSUS), state of the database: 24.05.2019
Criminal conviction statistics (SUS), state of the Register of Criminal Conduct: 20.05.2019

Nationality of the convicted persons

Since 2014 up to 2018 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

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