Induced abortions 2022

Number of induced abortions continued to decrease

In 2022, the total number of induced abortions was 7 900 amounting to 6.9 abortions per 1 000 women of childbearing age (aged 15–49). This was 3.5 per cent more than the previous year. Despite the increase in 2022, the number of induced abortions has decreased significantly during the last decade.

Especially the number of abortions among women under 20, has decreased in recent years and continued to decrease in 2022: there was 5.6 induced abortions per 1000 women aged 15–19 years when the corresponding number was 7.6 five years earlier.

Most abortions were still performed in the age group 20–24 (11.3 per 1 000 women of the same age). In recent years the number of abortions has declined also in this age group: the corresponding number was 14.7 five years earlier.

More than one in three women (37%) who had an abortion in 2021 had undergone at least one previous abortion. 8.8 per cent of women under 20 had undergone a previous abortion.

In total 9.7 per cent of women, who had an abortion in 2022, had given birth in the last two years and 7.5 per cent had a previous pregnancy resulting in a termination in the last two years. The proportion of both groups has remained relatively stable in recent years.

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Induced abortions per 1000 women of same age 1975-2022.


Background information

Description of statistic

Statistics on abortions contain data on legally induced abortions. The statistics include trends from 1975 onwards.

The Register on Induced abortions contains information for instance on  information on previous pregnancy outcomes, contraceptive method used, duration of the pregnancy, the grounds for abortion, the planned contraceptive method after the procedure and possible complications within a month of the abortion.

Statistics for the previous year are published once a year. 


Raskaudenkeskeytykset 2022
Aborter 2022
Induced abortions 2022

Statistical Report 35/2023, 14.6.2022.
Official Statistics of Finland, Induced Abortions. THL. OSF-logo

Further information

Anna Heino
Tel. +358 29 524 7177

Mika Gissler
Tel. +358 29 524 7279

E-mail address: [email protected]

Quality description

On other websites

Health for all Database (WHO)
International statistics on induced abortions