Finland

Published 2004.05.24 | Last update 2017.01.03

A Nokia boss was fined $116 000 for speeding…
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(**
Fine +20km/h €200 €200 €200 €200 €200
Fine +40km/h 24df(1 24df(1 22df(1 22df(1 22df(1
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.
Any speeding above +20km/h will give a fine based on your income.

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).
Day-fines / Dagsböter / Päiväsakko
Daily fines based on net monthly income and children:
Net income, children Day-fine
€1000, 2 children €6
€2000, 1 child €26
€4000, single €62
€6000, single €95
€12000, single €195

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.

Torsti Salonen writes (March 2003):
“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.”

4 Comments

  1. Finland -Safest country in for travellers | Someday.bike
    2017.04.21 @ 11:24

    […] If you want to learn more, check the Police site or if you are interested in European practices in general […]

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  2. TerjeEnge
    2017.01.03 @ 22:04

    Sorry for the late answer, Ari. Thanx for your info 🙂
    The data are now correct (I think!). Please check.
    Do you have any infor info on the finnish fines for red light crossing and illegal passing? Theree is a new (McDonalds:) Burger Index on European fines on the front page. Only the data for Finland miss and seems imposible to find.

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    • Sergei Eliseev
      2017.01.25 @ 18:30

      I can tell from experience, red light crossing is also calculated on day-fine basis. 9 years back it cost me 10 or 12 day-fines.

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  3. Ari Fernelius
    2016.09.13 @ 09:17

    The fixed fines were practically doubled in 2015. Any fixed fine of 85e is now 170e, and the fixed fines of 100e and 115e are now both 200e. The day-fines haven’t been touched – the chart is still about right.

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