Homicide in Estonia

  • Jako SallaEmail author
  • Vania Ceccato
  • Andri Ahven


After regaining independence, the homicide rate in Estonia peaked at 29 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants in 1994. By 2009, the rate had fallen more than four times but it is still one of the highest in Europe. In comparison to 1994, the composition of homicide has changed as the share of criminal homicide has become almost nonexistent and most of the fatal incidence have an expressive nature and occur in the context of arguments between relatives and acquaintances. The authors suggest that there are social, economic, and regional factors that are relevant in analyzing homicide in Estonia, but it is crucial to pay attention to cultural traditions, especially drinking habits.


Intimate Partner Crime Statistic Homicide Rate Criminal Group Mortality Statistic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Criminal Policy DepartmentEstonian Ministry of JusticeTallinnEstonia
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUniversity of TallinnTallinnEstonia
  3. 3.Department of Urban Planning and EnvironmentRoyal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden

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