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Monday, 23 August 2010

Crime-ridden Finland - I do not think so.

The last blog about Mexico reminded me how misleading United Nations crime figures of countries are. The table above shows the top twenty countries in the world ( plus Mexico at 39) regarding recorded crime per capita. This has Finland as the third most crime ridden country in the world with an apparent crime rate eight times higher than Mexico. The reason why I pick out Finland is because it was nominated by Newsweek magazine as the best place in the world to live and the country with the fourth best quality of life.
Clearly a high recorded crime rate can be an indication of a well run efficient society with probably relatively low crime. Equally a low recorded crime rate can indicate inefficient, badly run, high crime societies. There are so many counterbalancing forces here that in fact the total recorded crime rate actually indicates very little for comparision purposes between countries.

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