Denmark

Denmark regularly reports hate crime data to ODIHR. Denmark’s hate crime laws are comprised of a general penalty-enhancement provision. Reported data include discrimination and hate speech offences, although these can be disaggregated. Hate crime data are collected by the Danish National Police and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Hate crime statistics are regularly published. Denmark conducts regular victimization surveys to measure unreported hate crime.

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Official country information

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced
2015   198 Not available Not available
2014 Not available Not available Not available
2013   110 Not available Not available
2012   320 0 0
2011   384 0 0
2010   334 0 0
2009   306 5 1
Bias motivationType of crimeRecorded by police
Racism and xenophobiaUnspecified102
Anti-SemitismUnspecified13
Bias against MuslimsUnspecified41
Bias against Christians and members of other religionsUnspecified5
Bias against LGBT peopleUnspecified31

Hate crimes recorded by police by bias motivation

Official figures recorded 102 racist and xenophobic crimes.

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Official figures recorded 13 anti-Semitic hate crimes.

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Official figures recorded 41 hate crimes motivated by anti-Muslim bias.

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Official figures recorded 5 hate crimes targeting Christians.

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Official figures recorded 31 hate crimes based on bias against LGBT people.

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Hate crimes recorded by police by type of crime

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National developments

The Danish National Police took over the responsibility for collecting data on hate crime in 2015, which is reported annually. The first report was published in June 2016.

Civil society information

Overview of incidents reported by civil society

Bias Motivation Attacks Against People Attacks Against Property
Violent Attacks Threats
Anti-Semitism443
Total443
Grand Total11

Reports

Anti-Semitism
  • The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Human Rights First, the Jewish Community in Denmark (AKVAH), and the Kantor Center reported the murder of a Jewish security guard protecting a synagogue and one incident of vandalism in which a kosher restaurant was defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti. AKVAH also reported the attempted murder of two Jewish teenagers, two physical assaults on women, four threats and two incidents of vandalism, one of which involved graffiti.

IGO information

Reports

Racism and xenophobia
  • The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported an incident in which an asylum-seeker was severely assaulted by a group of masked men, an arson attack on a bus used by the inhabitants of an asylum centre, and three incidents in which threatening messages were painted on asylum centres.

Bias against Muslims
  • The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported a physical assault, in which a woman was referred to as a terrorist and assaulted; an attempted arson attack on a Muslim community centre; and two incidents of the desecration of and damage to graves.

Developments

Racism and xenophobia
  • In its "Concluding observations on the combined twentieth and twenty-first periodic reports of Denmark", the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) recommended that a national action plan on racism be developed, with a particular focus on combating hate crimes.

ODIHR key observations

ODIHR observes that Denmark has not reported to ODIHR the numbers of prosecuted and sentenced hate crime cases.