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Women's experienced sexual harassment in Finland 1998-2017, by harassment type

This statistic displays the results of a survey conducted in Finland in selected years from 1998 to 2017 regarding the types of sexual harassment experiences of women within the last two years. During the survey period, share of women being told inappropriate sexual jokes increased overall, amounting to 27 percent of the respondents in 2017. In 2017, 15 percent of the female respondents had experienced unwanted physical advances within the last two years.

Experienced sexual harassment of women in Finland in selected years from 1998 to 2017, by harassment type

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Release date

June 2018



Survey time period

1998 to 2017**

Number of respondents

1,682 respondents

Age group

15-74 years

Special properties

the survey respondents are a representable sample of the whole population

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

This question was phrased by the source as follows: "Kysyn seuraavaksi muutamia seksuaaliseen häirintään ja ahdisteluun liittyviä kysymyksiä. Seksuaalisella häirinnällä ja ahdistelulla tarkoitetaan tässä sellaista seksuaalista käyttäytymistä, puhetta tai kirjoittelua, joka on ei-toivottua, yksipuolista ja saattaa sisältää painostusta.
A Onko joku kahden viime vuoden aikana esittänyt asiattomia vartaloosi tai seksuaalisuuteesi kohdistuneita huomautuksia?
B Ehdottanut sinulle seksiä epäasiallisessa yhteydessä?
C Kertonut kaksimielisiä vitsejä tai puhunut härskejä tavalla, jonka olet kokenut loukkaavaksi?
F Häirinnyt tai ahdistellut sinua edellä kuvatuilla tavoilla sosiaalisessa mediassa tai muualla verkossa?
D Lähennellyt sinua fyysisesti ei-toivotulla tavalla?
E Paljastellut sinulle itseään tai seurannut sinua?"

The source defines sexual harassment as sexual behavior, talk, or writing, which is unwelcome, one-sided, and may involve coercion.

* The source does not provide information regarding flashing and stalking before 2012.

** In 2017, the study was conducted between September and November of that year.

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