Published 24.5.2004 | Last update 3.1.2017
Be aware that most fines in Finland are based on your taxable income.
The speed limits are higher than in both Sweden and Norway and motor roads have a max speed of 120 km/h. The common speed limits outside urban areas are 100 km/h. Speeds are often reduced during winter (october-april).
|The important numbers|
|Limit – km/h||30||50||80||100(*||120(**|
|LICENSE (1 – 6 months)||63||83||116||136||156|
|)* 80 km/h during winter
)** 100 km/h during winter
1) Dailyfine, see below
Exceeding the limit with 21km/h or more may withdraw your license and will give you a fine based on your income.
- A Swede has been issued a speeding ticket of €80 000 for driving 77 km/h an hour in a 50km/h zone.
- A Nokia boss got €116 000 after being caught breaking the speed limit on his Harley with 75 km/h in a 50 km/h zone.
- Finland, Home of the $103,000 Speeding Ticket : The Atlantic has a very interesting and informative article on this. Recommended!
Radar-jammers and detectors are strictly forbidden and may take your license with 20 day-fines.
There is no penalty point system in Finland.
|Finland in detail :|
|Violation||#Day-fines||*)Day-fine €26||**)Day-fine €95|
|+ 12-15 km/h||–||170(1||170(1|
|+30 km/h||+16-20 km/h||200(1||200(1|
|+21-23 km/h||12 dagsböter(2||312||1 140|
|+24-26 km/h||14 dagsböter(2||364||1 330|
|+27-29 km/h||16 dagsböter(2||416||1 520|
|+30-32 km/h||18 dagsböter(2||468||1 710|
|LICENSE(4||+33-35 km/h||20 dagsböter(2||520||1 900|
|+36-38 km/h||22 dagsböter(2||572||2 090|
|+39-41 km/h||24 dagsböter(2||624||2 280|
|+42-44 km/h||26 dagsböter(2||676||2 470|
|+45-47 km/h||28 dagsböter(2||728||2 660|
|+48 km/h and more||COURT(3||higher fine|
|+ 12-15 km/h||–||170(1||170(1|
|+60 km/h||+ 16-20 km/h||200(1||200(1|
|+21-23 km/h||10 dagsböter(2||260||950|
|+24-26 km/h||12 dagsböter(2||312||1 140|
|+27-29 km/h||14 dagsböter(2||364||1 330|
|+30-32 km/h||16 dagsböter(2||416||1 520|
|+33-35 km/h||18 dagsböter(2||468||1 710|
|LICENSE(4||+36-38 km/h||20 dagsböter(2||520||1 900|
|+39-41 km/h||22 dagsböter(2||572||2 090|
|+42-44 km/h||24 dagsböter(2||624||2 280|
|+45-47 km/h||26 dagsböter(2||676||2 470|
|+48-50 km/h||28 dagsböter(2||728||2 660|
|+51 km/h and more||COURT(3||higher fine|
|*) Person with net monthly income €2000, 1 child – see table below
**) Person with net monthly income €6000, single – see table below
1) Ordningsbot – Rikesakko – Ordinary fine
2) Dagsböter – Päiväsakko -Day fine. See explanation below
3) Court. You will get prosecuted.
4) 1 – 6 months. Finnish police says that you have to break specific rules four times in two years or three times in one year for this to come into effect (not only speeding but also cell phone use and the use of radar detectors).Sources:
Finnish Police (official). How to decide fines and react to common offences (PDF – in Swedish)
Finnish courts (official): On standard fines (Ordningsbot – in Swedish).
|Daily fines based on net monthly income and children:|
|Net income, children||Day-fine|
|€1000, 2 children||€6|
|€2000, 1 child||€26|
source: Finnish Police
Finnish day-fines is used for most offences which may result in a fine – not only traffic offenses. The minimum is a 1 day-fine, the maximum is 120 day-fines. If several offences are punished together the maximum is 240 day-fines. An example would be speeding without a seat-belt 84 da-fines).
The minimum day-fine is 6 euros For speeding, however, the total fine will never be below 115 euros, the maximun ordinary fine. There is no maximum day-fine (Switzerland, which has a similar system, has a maximum daily rate at 300 Swiss francs).
Usually, the day-fine is one half of daily disposable income. The daily disposable income is considered to be one 60th part of the person’s monthly mean income during the year, after taxes, social security payments and a basic living allowance of €255 per month have been deducted. In addition, every person for whose upkeep the fined person is responsible decreases the amount of daily fine by €3. See Wikipedia on Day-fines for more details.
“Your information on speeding fines here in Finland is quite correct. I can add that the period for licence withdrawal can vary from 1 day to 6 months depending on the conditions (not only the speed, but even other traffic, the quality of the road, weather conditions, do you need the license for your pofession etc). You also have always the right to leave the matter to a court of justice if you do not like the decision of the policeman. If that is the case, you,ll get your license back immediately and you’ll lose it only after the court has confirmed the confiscation. It usually takes at least 3-4 months before the court takes the matter into consideration. The result is usually that if you speed during the motorcycling season, you’ll lose your license for a few weeks some time during the next winter.”