Highest to Lowest - Foreign 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 Foreign Prisoners (%)
  Sao Tome e Principe 0.8
  New Zealand 3.0
  Ecuador 8.1
  Colombia 1.3
  Paraguay 4.2
  Switzerland 72.3
  Romania 1.1
  Portugal 17.0
  Chile 3.4
  Hong Kong (China) 27.1
  Panama 10.1
  Kuwait 13.5
  Canada
  Mayotte (France)
  Hungary 4.9
  Papua New Guinea 0.4
  Nauru 6.7
  Japan 7.0
  Tonga 0.0
  Lithuania 3.4
  New Caledonia (France)
  French Polynesia (France)
  Martinique (France)
  Guadeloupe (France)
  French Guiana/Guyane (France) 63.0
  Reunion (France)
  Seychelles 1.3
  Australia 14.4
  Thailand 2.9
  United Kingdom: Scotland 3.9
  United Kingdom: England & Wales 11.9
  Turkey 3.8
  Slovenia 29.3
  Slovakia 2.6
  Poland 3.4
  Norway 26.6
  Ireland, Republic of 15.4
  Guernsey (United Kingdom) 9.7
  Georgia 9.0
  Czech Republic 8.2
  Austria 53.2
  Albania 2.1
  Taiwan 0.7
  Sri Lanka 1.4
  Peru 4.9
  Mexico 1.2
  Nigeria 0.3
  Ghana 6.7
  Burundi 1.2
  Honduras 0.7
  Uganda 1.8
  United Kingdom: Northern Ireland 10.6
  Italy 31.4
  Indonesia 0.4
  Sierra Leone 0.4
  Dominican Republic 7.2
  Lebanon 36.0
  Cambodia 3.7
  Grenada 3.1
  Mozambique 1.5
  Madagascar 0.1
  Cote d'Ivoire 30.0
  France 25.0
  Belgium 43.4
  Costa Rica 15.0
  Estonia 33.1
  Kenya 0.6
  Angola 3.1
  Morocco 1.4
  India 1.1
  Dominica 9.2
  Vietnam 0.4
  Iceland 23.3
  Mauritius 6.4
  Niger
  Kosovo/Kosova 5.7
  Rwanda 0.3
  Libya 12.8
  Comoros 7.7
  Argentina 4.9
  South Africa 10.5
  Jordan 9.9
  Guatemala 3.2
  Bangladesh 0.6
  Nepal 5.1
  Senegal 9.1
  Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)
  Macau (China) 72.1
  Bolivia 3.3
  Brazil 0.3
  Mali
  Uruguay 2.8
  Guam (USA) 0.0
  Croatia 12.0
  Spain 29.1
  North Macedonia 7.0
  Liechtenstein 83.3
  Bulgaria 3.7
  Bosnia and Herzegovina: Republika Srpska 1.5
  Andorra 70.6
  Sweden 22.1
  Germany 27.0
  Azerbaijan 2.0
  Latvia 2.4
  Fiji 1.2
  Democratic Republic of Congo
  Israel 38.9
  Serbia 3.8
  Luxembourg 73.7
  Finland 16.3
  Armenia 5.4
  Netherlands 23.1
  Northern Mariana Islands (USA)
  Qatar 84.8
  United States of America 7.3
  San Marino 11.1
  Montenegro 15.1
  Monaco 92.9
  Moldova (Republic of) 1.5
  Uzbekistan
  South Sudan
  Liberia 2.0
  Cuba
  El Salvador 1.3
  Belize 12.3
  Zambia 2.1
  Malaysia 18.3
  Cameroon 4.9
  Benin
  Malta 47.4
  St. Lucia 3.0
  Cayman Islands (United Kingdom) 34.1
  Aruba (Netherlands) 28.6
  Antigua and Barbuda 30.6
  Afghanistan 0.9
  Burkina Faso 4.1
  Zimbabwe 2.5
  St. Vincent and the Grenadines 3.8
  Greece 58.6
  Cyprus (Republic of) 52.1
  Kyrgyzstan 3.2
  Republic of (South) Korea 5.0
  Faeroe Islands (Denmark)
  Greenland (Denmark) 0.9
  Anguilla (United Kingdom) 29.1
  Egypt 1.0
  Pakistan 1.2
  Virgin Islands (United Kingdom)
  Trinidad and Tobago 0.8
  St. Kitts and Nevis 2.1
  Puerto Rico (USA)
  Jamaica 0.2
  Barbados 13.8
  Tanzania 3.7
  Mauritania 13.4
  Eswatini/Swaziland 6.0
  Botswana 21.2
  Singapore 10.6
  Haiti
  Guyana 1.5
  Russian Federation 6.2
  Philippines 0.3
  Ukraine 2.3
  Vanuatu 2.5
  Gambia 66.7
  Samoa 0.5
  Maldives 1.1
  Kazakhstan 3.7
  Tajikistan 4.9
  Denmark 26.9
  Central African Republic
  Curaçao (Netherlands)
  Timor-Leste (formerly East Timor) 3.8
  Solomon Islands 1.0
  American Samoa (USA) 62.2
  Iraq
  Virgin Islands (USA) 15.7
  Gabon
  Venezuela 2.3
  Suriname 19.3
  Equatorial Guinea
  Chad 1.3
  Guinea (Republic of) 2.7
  Palau 6.5
  Mongolia 0.4
  Togo 5.2
  Algeria 3.8
  Malawi 0.2
  Namibia 8.9
  Laos
  Lesotho 0.9
  Myanmar (formerly Burma) 0.7
  Isle of Man (United Kingdom) 1.1
  Tunisia 2.5
  Yemen 3.2
  Guinea Bissau 7.1
  Jersey (United Kingdom) 25.2
  Gibraltar (United Kingdom) 33.9
  Turkmenistan 0.7
  China 0.4
  Sint Maarten (Netherlands) 20.2
  Bermuda (United Kingdom) 11.5
  Bahamas
  Saudi Arabia 49.0
  Djibouti
  Congo (Republic of)
  Bosnia and Herzegovina: Federation 3.6
  Brunei Darussalam 29.2
  Iran 2.9
  Belarus 3.1
  Marshall Islands
  Cook Islands (New Zealand) 0.0
  Nicaragua 2.9
  Bahrain 23.7
  Sudan 1.0
  Ethiopia
  Eritrea
  Kiribati 0.0
  Democratic People's Republic of (North) Korea
  Federal Republic of Somalia
  Oman 30.3
  Tuvalu 0.0
  Micronesia, Federated States of
  Bhutan 6.8
  United Arab Emirates 87.8
  Syria 7.3