The smallest police force in Europe will not get even smaller

The Finnish police, where the number of police officers per capita in Europe is the lowest, received additional funding from the government and abandoned plans to reduce staff, the organization said.
Earlier, on September 27, the draft budget of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Finland was published, where the department cut funding from the current 838 million this year to 807.9 million euros in 2022. The situation caused a resonance in society and the country’s finance minister Annika Saarikko promised to find additional funding to avoid cuts.
“The need for negotiating reductions in the police has disappeared. The police will receive the missing additional funding, ”the law enforcement agencies said.
In total, as the Ministry of Internal Affairs specified earlier, there are 7.2 thousand police officers working in Finland.
Finland is the safest country in the world, according to a 2019 study by the World Economic Forum (WEF) – despite having the lowest police force in Europe, at only 1.3 police officers per thousand inhabitants.