Highest to Lowest - Occupancy level (based on official capacity)

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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 Occupancy Level (%)
  Sao Tome e Principe 333.3
  New Zealand 93.8
  Ecuador 118.9
  Croatia 101.0
  Spain 74.1
  North Macedonia 101.3
  Liechtenstein 30.0
  Iceland 77.9
  Bulgaria 68.5
  Andorra 41.2
  Isle of Man (United Kingdom) 65.2
  Morocco 158.8
  Central African Republic 190.5
  Sweden 102.0
  Germany 80.1
  Denmark 96.9
  Azerbaijan 96.2
  Colombia 125.3
  Paraguay 171.6
  Armenia 52.5
  Serbia 90.2
  Luxembourg 70.9
  Switzerland 94.9
  Portugal 96.1
  San Marino 116.7
  Romania 120.3
  Montenegro 77.7
  Monaco 26.5
  New Caledonia (France) 157.4
  French Polynesia (France) 102.7
  Martinique (France) 135.9
  Guadeloupe (France) 140.1
  French Guiana/Guyane (France) 165.9
  Reunion (France) 120.0
  Mayotte (France) 221.6
  Seychelles 53.8
  Chile 91.3
  Hong Kong (China) 74.0
  Panama 163.1
  Kuwait 126.2
  Canada 102.2
  Hungary 101.5
  Papua New Guinea 116.5
  Nauru 14.0
  Japan 56.6
  Tonga 81.5
  Lithuania 68.4
  Australia 112.2
  Thailand 115.1
  Poland 86.2
  Estonia 67.6
  United Kingdom: Scotland 93.6
  United Kingdom: Northern Ireland 84.5
  Turkey 117.8
  Slovenia 134.5
  Slovakia 83.3
  Norway 80.0
  Malta 58.7
  Ireland, Republic of 110.7
  Greece 102.9
  France 125.8
  Belgium 114.6
  Austria 108.6
  Albania 87.2
  Zimbabwe 130.1
  United Kingdom: England & Wales 109.4
  Italy 120.0
  Guernsey (United Kingdom) 79.1
  Georgia 83.0
  Czech Republic 97.0
  Taiwan 94.4
  Sri Lanka 215.6
  Indonesia 191.5
  Peru 231.9
  Mexico 104.5
  Nigeria 136.7
  Ghana 143.2
  Burundi 318.8
  Honduras 150.0
  Uganda 363.0
  Sierra Leone 178.5
  Dominican Republic 161.0
  Lebanon 194.4
  Cambodia 409.1
  Grenada 194.4
  Mozambique 245.8
  Madagascar 277.5
  Cote d'Ivoire 269.0
  Costa Rica 120.4
  Kenya 176.5
  Angola 122.5
  India 131.4
  Dominica 73.0
  Vietnam
  Mauritius 116.9
  Niger 97.4
  Kosovo/Kosova 97.1
  Rwanda 138.1
  Libya 141.6
  Comoros 161.7
  Argentina 118.5
  South Africa 146.0
  Jordan 144.0
  Guatemala 299.4
  Bangladesh 197.9
  Nepal 153.7
  Senegal 129.7
  Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) 109.4
  Macau (China) 82.8
  Bolivia 287.8
  Brazil 173.9
  Mali 223.3
  Uruguay 130.1
  Guam (USA) 155.6
  Bosnia and Herzegovina: Republika Srpska 39.7
  Finland 97.2
  Latvia 67.0
  Fiji 103.5
  Democratic Republic of Congo 322.8
  Israel 136.2
  Netherlands 90.6
  Northern Mariana Islands (USA) 53.8
  Qatar
  United States of America 95.6
  Moldova (Republic of) 91.9
  Uzbekistan 80.0
  South Sudan
  Liberia 222.1
  Cuba
  El Salvador 236.7
  Belize 57.1
  Cyprus (Republic of) 173.8
  Zambia 238.2
  Malaysia 110.2
  Cameroon 164.8
  Benin 213.5
  St. Lucia 102.8
  Cayman Islands (United Kingdom) 122.8
  Aruba (Netherlands) 68.4
  Antigua and Barbuda 266.7
  Afghanistan 179.9
  Burkina Faso 168.3
  St. Vincent and the Grenadines 79.8
  Kyrgyzstan 61.7
  Republic of (South) Korea 108.1
  Faeroe Islands (Denmark) 87.9
  Greenland (Denmark) 89.0
  Anguilla (United Kingdom) 91.7
  Egypt
  Pakistan 136.8
  Virgin Islands (United Kingdom) 81.4
  Trinidad and Tobago 81.8
  St. Kitts and Nevis 144.0
  Puerto Rico (USA) 69.7
  Jamaica 87.0
  Barbados 61.5
  Tanzania 109.0
  Mauritania 101.8
  Eswatini/Swaziland 120.0
  Botswana 86.0
  Singapore 79.2
  Haiti 302.0
  Guyana 151.0
  Russian Federation 67.0
  Philippines 362.0
  Ukraine 54.4
  Vanuatu 106.7
  Gambia 172.5
  Samoa 121.2
  Maldives 125.0
  Kazakhstan 62.4
  Tajikistan 61.5
  Curaçao (Netherlands) 63.9
  Timor-Leste (formerly East Timor) 173.4
  Solomon Islands 77.7
  American Samoa (USA) 166.2
  Iraq 139.2
  Virgin Islands (USA) 162.5
  Gabon
  Venezuela 163.8
  Suriname 75.2
  Equatorial Guinea
  Chad 232.3
  Guinea (Republic of) 171.4
  Palau 132.8
  Mongolia 124.4
  Togo 183.5
  Algeria 119.0
  Malawi 233.8
  Namibia 75.4
  Laos
  Lesotho 70.6
  Myanmar (formerly Burma) 111.5
  Tunisia 126.4
  Yemen
  Guinea Bissau 102.2
  Jersey (United Kingdom) 69.5
  Gibraltar (United Kingdom) 93.9
  Turkmenistan 85.0
  China
  Sint Maarten (Netherlands) 96.3
  Bermuda (United Kingdom) 59.7
  Bahamas 161.7
  Saudi Arabia
  Djibouti 171.4
  Congo (Republic of) 616.9
  Bosnia and Herzegovina: Federation 98.3
  Brunei Darussalam 143.8
  Iran 153.0
  Belarus 83.4
  Marshall Islands 97.2
  Cook Islands (New Zealand) 50.0
  Nicaragua 177.6
  Bahrain 110.2
  Sudan 255.3
  Ethiopia
  Eritrea
  Kiribati 112.8
  Democratic People's Republic of (North) Korea
  Federal Republic of Somalia
  Oman
  Tuvalu
  Micronesia, Federated States of 88.0
  Bhutan
  United Arab Emirates 158.9
  Syria 65.6