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.
Hate crimes recorded by police
The Danish National Police also monitored 274 incidents without charges and other investigative measures that had a bias motivation. These are broken down below by bias motivation. The Police reported 159 actual hate crimes, which excludes 55 hate speech offences that do not fall within the OSCE's definition of a hate crime that are included under the "Unspecified" bias motivation and is broken down by type of crime.
The National Police College introduced a mandatory course on hate crime, in which students are taught how to interact with targeted groups and how to communicate with victims in a respectful and understanding manner.
The Danish National Police has developed a training seminar on hate crime which is offered as part of continuing education efforts.
The Danish National Police initiated a dialogue on hate crimes with a number of significant stakeholders to establish closer and ongoing cooperation with civil society.
Anti-Semitism, Bias against Muslims, Bias against Christians and members of other religions, Bias against Christians, Bias against members of other religions or beliefs
In its fifth report on Denmark, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) recommended that the police take hate motivations into consideration in cases of vandalism targeting religious sites.
In its fifth report on Denmark, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) recommended continuous hate crime training for police officers and prosecutors, in co-operation with ODIHR and affected communities. ECRI also recommended that a new system be introduced to track hate crimes throughout the judicial process.
In its fifth report on Denmark, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) recommended that the authorities facilitate closer co-operation between Muslim communities and the police to prevent and combat violence against Muslims.
In its fifth report on Denmark, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) recommended that the authorities promote increased dialogue between members of the LGBT community and the police to facilitate the reporting of homophobic and transphobic violence.
ODIHR observes that Denmark has not reported to ODIHR the number of prosecuted and sentenced hate crime cases.