Austria regularly reports hate crime data to ODIHR. Austria's hate crime laws are a combination of a general penalty-enhancement provision and a substantive offence. The data reported to ODIHR do not present cases of hate crime and hate speech separately. Hate crime data are collected by the Provincial Agencies for State Protection and Counter Terrorism and the Federal Agency for State Protection and Counter Terrorism (BVT) of the Interior Ministry, as well as by the Ministry of Justice. Hate crime data are regularly published.


Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2016 425 Not available Not available
2015 395 Not available Not available
2014 186 Not available Not available
2013 110 Not available Not available
2012 91 Not available Not available

Hate crimes recorded by police

Holy See information

  • The Holy See reported two incidents of theft, in which communion bread was stolen from churches. The authorities reported back that both incidents were under investigation, but a bias motive was not identified in either of the cases.

Key observation

ODIHR observes that Austria has not reported on hate crimes separately from cases of hate speech.