24.03.2014

Finland’s judicial system ranked among the best in the world

World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index 2014 highlights the strengths of Finland’s criminal and civil justice systems, fundamental rights and the absence of corruption.

Finland’s judicial system has been ranked fourth best by the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index 2014, scoring consistently well across a wide range of indicators. The index measures how the rule of law is experienced in everyday life in 99 countries, based on over 100,000 household and 2,400 expert surveys worldwide.

In the index, adherence to the rule of law is assessed using 47 indicators organised around eight themes: constraints on government powers, absence of corruption, open government, fundamental rights, order and security, regulatory enforcement, civil justice, and criminal justice. According to the Index, Finland has the world’s best criminal justice system which is notable for its lack of improper government influence, lack of corruption and due process of law.

Absence of corruption

Finland is ranked fourth in the world in terms of fundamental rights, including the right to privacy, freedom of expression and freedom of association. The index ranks Finland fifth globally on the theme of constraints on government powers, including high scores for the lawful transfer of power, non-governmental checks, and sanctions for official misconduct.

Finland is ranked sixth on the theme of absence of corruption, scoring particularly well for the lack of corruption in the executive branch, judiciary, the police and military. Finland’s civil justice system is ranked eighth overall.

Source: World Justice Project