This map layer shows which countries allowed and practiced the death penalty in 2017, classified in four categories.

The graph shows the ten countries with the highest number of executions (in part based on estimates by Amnesty International) in 2017.

Example of how to read the map:

In the United States it was possible to impose and execute the death penalty in 2017.


  • Amnesty International

    Amnesty International collects data on the probability of enforcement of the death penalty, the number of death penalties and the number of executions in individual countries. Only a few countries have and publish statistics on the number of death penalties and executions. A lot of data is either calculated or estimated by Amnesty International and published as minimum specification. This is why all data can only be used as guiding values.


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Data tables

For some select map layers, the information portal ‘War and Peace’ provides the user with all used data sets as tables.

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Country portraits

In the country reports, data and information are collected by country and put into tables that are used in the modules as a basis for maps and illustrations.

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Navigation and operation

The information and data of each module are primarily made available as selectable map layers and are complemented by texts and graphs. The map layers can be found on the right hand side and are listed according to themes and sub-themes.

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