Highest to Lowest - Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)

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Data shown in the highest to lowest lists are the most recent available but not necessarily from the same date. Please click on each individual country to see the date to which the data refer. As it is not possible to obtain meaningful comparative data on numbers of children in custody in different countries, we do not include juvenile imprisonment data in the highest to lowest lists.

Ranking Title Female Prisoners (%)
  Sao Tome e Principe 4.0
  New Zealand 6.5
  Ecuador 5.7
  Colombia 6.4
  Paraguay 5.2
  Switzerland 5.7
  Romania 4.5
  Portugal 7.4
  Chile 7.9
  Hong Kong (China) 21.0
  Panama 4.9
  Kuwait 5.8
  Canada 7.0
  Mayotte (France) 1.3
  Hungary 8.4
  Papua New Guinea 4.4
  Nauru 5.3
  Japan 8.8
  Tonga 3.8
  Lithuania 4.5
  New Caledonia (France) 1.5
  French Polynesia (France) 4.2
  Martinique (France) 2.9
  Guadeloupe (France) 1.6
  French Guiana/Guyane (France) 8.0
  Reunion (France) 3.3
  Seychelles 7.4
  Australia 7.6
  Thailand 12.1
  United Kingdom: Scotland 4.4
  United Kingdom: England & Wales 4.1
  Turkey 4.3
  Slovenia 5.4
  Slovakia 7.8
  Poland 5.2
  Norway 4.5
  Ireland, Republic of 5.1
  Guernsey (United Kingdom) 4.7
  Georgia 3.7
  Czech Republic 8.6
  Austria 6.9
  Albania 1.2
  Taiwan 9.1
  Sri Lanka 4.4
  Peru 5.1
  Mexico 5.7
  Nigeria 2.3
  Ghana 1.3
  Burundi 7.6
  Honduras 5.5
  Uganda 4.8
  United Kingdom: Northern Ireland 4.6
  Italy 4.3
  Indonesia 4.7
  Sierra Leone 3.5
  Dominican Republic 2.6
  Lebanon 2.9
  Cambodia 6.6
  Grenada 1.6
  Mozambique 3.0
  Madagascar 5.5
  Cote d'Ivoire 2.5
  France 4.5
  Belgium 4.5
  Costa Rica 4.8
  Estonia 4.8
  Kenya 5.1
  Angola 2.5
  Morocco 2.4
  India 4.1
  Dominica 1.1
  Vietnam 12.1
  Iceland 8.3
  Mauritius 6.4
  Niger 3.1
  Kosovo/Kosova 2.7
  Rwanda 5.4
  Libya 1.1
  Comoros 1.6
  Argentina 4.1
  South Africa 3.0
  Jordan 2.2
  Guatemala 12.1
  Bangladesh 3.9
  Nepal 5.4
  Senegal 2.6
  Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) 2.9
  Macau (China) 15.4
  Bolivia 6.1
  Brazil 5.4
  Mali 3.0
  Uruguay 7.4
  Guam (USA) 3.9
  Croatia 5.9
  Spain 7.1
  North Macedonia 3.1
  Liechtenstein 0.0
  Bulgaria 3.7
  Bosnia and Herzegovina: Republika Srpska 2.1
  Andorra 11.8
  Sweden 5.9
  Germany 5.6
  Azerbaijan 2.8
  Latvia 7.7
  Fiji 2.5
  Democratic Republic of Congo 2.3
  Israel 1.0
  Serbia 4.1
  Luxembourg 5.4
  Finland 7.1
  Armenia 2.9
  Netherlands 4.6
  Northern Mariana Islands (USA) 5.8
  Qatar 2.9
  United States of America 8.8
  San Marino 11.1
  Montenegro 3.2
  Monaco 14.3
  Moldova (Republic of) 5.4
  Uzbekistan
  South Sudan 10.9
  Liberia 2.8
  Cuba
  El Salvador 7.4
  Belize 3.0
  Zambia 3.3
  Malaysia 5.9
  Cameroon 2.6
  Benin 3.3
  Malta 8.6
  St. Lucia 2.7
  Cayman Islands (United Kingdom) 7.2
  Aruba (Netherlands) 8.4
  Antigua and Barbuda 5.5
  Afghanistan 4.2
  Burkina Faso 1.8
  Zimbabwe 2.1
  St. Vincent and the Grenadines 2.8
  Greece 4.9
  Cyprus (Republic of) 9.5
  Kyrgyzstan 2.9
  Republic of (South) Korea 8.1
  Faeroe Islands (Denmark) 0.0
  Greenland (Denmark) 13.8
  Anguilla (United Kingdom) 0.0
  Egypt 3.7
  Pakistan 1.6
  Virgin Islands (United Kingdom) 4.5
  Trinidad and Tobago 2.9
  St. Kitts and Nevis 3.6
  Puerto Rico (USA) 3.7
  Jamaica 4.0
  Barbados 3.4
  Tanzania 3.4
  Mauritania 2.0
  Eswatini/Swaziland 2.9
  Botswana 5.0
  Singapore 10.2
  Haiti 3.5
  Guyana 2.8
  Russian Federation 8.9
  Philippines 9.8
  Ukraine 3.9
  Vanuatu 6.7
  Gambia 2.6
  Samoa 5.3
  Maldives 4.3
  Kazakhstan 7.0
  Tajikistan 2.4
  Denmark 4.8
  Central African Republic 2.3
  Curaçao (Netherlands) 2.6
  Timor-Leste (formerly East Timor) 4.1
  Solomon Islands 1.7
  American Samoa (USA) 9.6
  Iraq 2.6
  Virgin Islands (USA) 5.2
  Gabon 2.2
  Venezuela 7.8
  Suriname 2.8
  Equatorial Guinea 5.0
  Chad 2.4
  Guinea (Republic of) 3.0
  Palau 3.9
  Mongolia 4.5
  Togo 2.6
  Algeria 1.5
  Malawi 1.1
  Namibia 2.9
  Laos 13.7
  Lesotho 2.9
  Myanmar (formerly Burma) 12.3
  Isle of Man (United Kingdom) 4.4
  Tunisia 3.3
  Yemen 1.3
  Guinea Bissau 2.6
  Jersey (United Kingdom) 6.8
  Gibraltar (United Kingdom) 7.1
  Turkmenistan 6.5
  China 8.6
  Sint Maarten (Netherlands) 8.0
  Bermuda (United Kingdom) 2.9
  Bahamas 3.1
  Saudi Arabia 1.9
  Djibouti 5.0
  Congo (Republic of) 3.7
  Bosnia and Herzegovina: Federation 3.2
  Brunei Darussalam 11.9
  Iran 3.1
  Belarus 10.8
  Marshall Islands 0.0
  Cook Islands (New Zealand) 8.3
  Nicaragua 5.4
  Bahrain 4.7
  Sudan 1.7
  Ethiopia 4.2
  Eritrea
  Kiribati 0.8
  Democratic People's Republic of (North) Korea
  Federal Republic of Somalia
  Oman 4.5
  Tuvalu 0.0
  Micronesia, Federated States of 0.0
  Bhutan 4.3
  United Arab Emirates 11.7
  Syria 7.4