The purpose of this study was to look at the current epidemiological trends of lower limb amputees in 1992 in the area of Southern Finland with 1.2 million inhabitants. Similar data was collected earlier in 1984-85 and 1989. The amputation incidence was found to be 27.4 per 100,000 inhabitants. The trans-tibial/trans-femoral ratio was 0.78. The percentage of prosthetic fitting among patients undergoing unilateral trans-tibial amputation was 68% and the corresponding figure among the trans-femoral patients was 35%. The epidemiological data showed an improvement on that found 8 years earlier although the overall age structure is shifting upwards.