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Survey on NPS purchase in the last 12 months in the Nordic countries 2016

This statistic displays the result of a survey on the purchase of new psychoactive substances (NPS) in the last 12 months in the Nordic countries in 2016. That year, the share of respondents purchasing NPS in the last year was highest in Finland, with roughly 7 percent. Approximately 7 percent of Swedish respondents stated to have done so. With a little under two percent, the lowest stare was by Icelandic respondents. NPS are commonly known as legal highs.

Did you purchase novel psychoactive substances (NPS) in the last 12 months?

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Release date

May 2017


Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden

Survey time period


Number of respondents

9,000 Respondents*

Age group

16 years and older

Special properties

NPS users

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

* The number of respondents refers to the total global number of respondents that took part in the drug survey. The number of respondents for each country was not given by the source.

The source does not specify the date of the survey. Only information given is that it was conducted at the end of 2016.

The source does not provide the original wording of the question posed during the survey. The wording of the question chosen for this statistic may therefore differ slightly from the original.

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