Prostitution in Finland the exchange of sexual acts for money is legal, but soliciting in a public place and organized prostitution operating a brothel or a prostitution ring, and other forms of pimping are illegal. The socio-legal history of prostitution in Finland is similar to that of other European and Western countries, with various periods of tolerance, regulation and abolition. The passing of the Civil Code of was the first nation-wide law for all of Sweden, as well as Finland, that prohibited prostitution. These religious values were reflected in the common law across Europe and most Western societies throughout this period. The next major development came in the form of the Penal Code of Finland,  which prohibited both pandering and prostitution.