European Court of Human Rights published its annual report and statistics 2019


Total of 19 cases pending against Finland in the beginning of 2020.

Read the Annual Report 2019 (en). Report also includes a summary of the most inteteresting cases in 2019 (Chapter 2, page 27 onwards).


General statistics

In 2019 44,500 applications were allocated to a judicial formation, an overall increase of 3% compared with 2018 (43,100). 29,800 of these were identified as Single-Judge cases likely to be declared inadmissible (an increase of 2% in relation to 2018). Single judge applications continue to be processed as soon as they are identified as qualifying for such a procedure. 14,700 applications were identified as probable Chamber or Committee cases (an increase of 7%).

40,667 applications were disposed of judicially, a decrease of 5% in relation to 2018 (42,761). The number of cases allocated were 3,800 cases more than those disposed of. As a result, the stock of allocated applications pending before the Court increased, being 59,800 at the end of the year (as compared to 56,350 at the end of 2018).

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Applications against Finland

  • 131 new applications against Finland were allocated to judicial formation in 2019 (174 in 2018).
  • 131 applications against Finland were declared inadmissible or struck out (170 in 2018).
  • Applications pending against Finland in the end of 2019 total to 19..
  • 4 applications were communicated to Government in 2019 (5 in 2018).
  • In 2019 a total of 22 interim measures under Rule 39 were requested against Finland (9 in 2018). One was granted (return to Italy).
  • one case was finalised by a friendly settlement in 2019
  • Judgments were given in two cases in 2019:
    • N.A. v. Finland - violation of Articles 2 and 3
    • SA-Capital Oy v. Finland - no violation (Article 6)


Statistics in history

Between 1990 and 2019 Finland has received 190 judgments. Most of these concern Article 6 of the ECHR, either length of the proceedings (62) or other requirements of a fair trial (37).

  • 141 judgments included at least one violation.
  • 36 judgments did not include violations.
  • 9 cases were solved with a friendly settlement.
  • 4 cases were finalised in other ways (just satisfaction, revision, preliminary objections and lack of jurisdiction).

Annual reports of teh ECHR

Facts and Figures - updated in 2019


ECHR Statistics - page