FSD holdings contain a number of data series and individual datasets suitable for research on crime and criminality.

There are also many datasets that contain individual questions and variables which are potentially useful to researchers of the subject. The data archived at the FSD can be downloaded free of charge from Aila Data Service, according to the conditions set for each dataset.

Please note that below is listed only a sample of all data available at the Data Archive and we encourage you to use keyword search more datasets on the subject on Aila. In addition, datasets suitable for research on the theme may be found from other European data archives by using CESSDA Data Catalogue (Opens in new tab).

Questions and variables of quantitative datasets that have been fielded in English or translated at the FSD can be explored by browsing through Aila variable search. If a quantitative dataset has not yet been translated, you can request a translation free of charge. Qualitative data are only available in their original language. Where applicable, all related materials are freely accessible on the study description page of each dataset.

Datasets on the theme

FSD3624 Police Barometer 2020
The Police Barometer surveys study Finnish public opinion on the role and services of the police, feelings about safety and security, fear of crime, experiences of crime, and trust in the national institutions in crime prevention.

FSD3490 Suspected Cases of Child Abuse 2017
The dataset consists of police reports entered in the police case management system where the victim was a child aged 4-5 years. The archived data include information in statistical format on all reports that were entered in the system in 2017 where the name of the crime was listed as petty assault or assault.

FSD3162 Finnish Perceptions of Justice: Citizens 2016
The survey examined Finnish people's attitudes on crime, punishment, judges, courts, and criminals. Furthermore, views on what would be a suitable punishment for different types of crime were investigated.

FSD2346 Young Male Crime Survey 2006
The survey covered self-reported crime of young Finnish men in Helsinki, focusing particularly on theft and other property crime, and crimes of violence. Dealings with the police and punishments received were also studied. Using the data together with the FSD2346 Young Male Crime Survey 1962 enables a longitudinal comparison of criminal behaviour of young men in Helsinki.

Data series

Data in these series also include questions on the theme.

Datasets elsewhere

People interested in finding data on crime should also take a look at data available at other data archives around the world.

In Finland, the Language Bank of Finland (Opens in new tab) also provides services to researchers and archives audio and video material. Research data produced in Finland may also be searched via the Fairdata.fi Etsin (Opens in new tab) . Services of various European social science data archives can be accessed through the website of CESSDA (Opens in new tab) . The UK Data Service (Opens in new tab) has, among other things, a wide variety of excellent qualitative data. Another good source of data is the German GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (Opens in new tab) . The extensive holdings of the American ICPSR (Opens in new tab) are also well worth searching.