Crime > Punishment > Maximum length of sentence: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: Maximum length of sentence (under life).

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Afghanistan None
Albania Maximum 30 years for all women
Argentina None
Armenia Maximum 30 years for all women
Australia None
Austria None
Azerbaijan None
Belarus None
Belgium None
Belize ??
Bolivia 30 years
Bosnia and Herzegovina 45 years
Brazil 30 years
Bulgaria None
Canada None
Cape Verde 25 years
Chile None
China None
Colombia 60 years
Costa Rica 50 years
Croatia 40 years
Cuba None
Cyprus None
Czech Republic None
Denmark None
Dominican Republic 30 years
Ecuador 35 years
Egypt None
El Salvador 75 years
Estonia None
Finland None
France None
Germany None
Greece None
Holy See (Vatican City) 30 to 35 years
Honduras 40 years
Hong Kong None
Hungary None
Iceland None
India None
Indonesia None
Iraq None
Ireland None
Israel None
Italy None
Jamaica None
Japan None
Jordan None
Kazakhstan None
Kiribati None
Kosovo 40 years
Kyrgyzstan None
Laos None
Latvia None
Lebanon None
Lithuania None
Macau 25 years (30 in exceptional circumstances)
Malaysia None
Mexico 60 years (70 years if convicted of murder involving kidnapping)
Morocco None
Nepal None
Netherlands None
New Zealand None
Nicaragua 30 years
Nigeria None
North Korea None
Norway 21 years (can be extended indefinitely if the criminal poses a danger to society at the end of served time); 30 years for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity
Pakistan None
Panama 50 years
Paraguay 25 years
Peru None
Poland None
Portugal 25 years
Republic of Macedonia None
Republic of the Congo 30 years
Romania None
Russia 25 years' imprisonment or 30 years in special circumstances for all women and men above age 65
Saudi Arabia None
Serbia 40 years
Singapore None
Slovakia None
Slovenia None
Somalia None
South Africa None
South Korea None
Spain 40 years
Sweden None
Switzerland None
Syria None
Tajikistan None
Tunisia None
Turkey None
Turkmenistan None
Ukraine None
United States None
Uruguay 30 years
Uzbekistan 30 years for women and men over the age of 60
Venezuela 30 years
Vietnam None


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