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.

SELECT YEAR

Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2017 446 Not available Not available
2016 274 Not available Not available
2015 198 Not available Not available
2014 Not available Not available Not available
2013 110 Not available Not available

National developments

The Director of Public Prosecutions has issued detailed guidelines on the handling of hate crime cases within the police and prosecution service. The guidelines are updated on a regular basis. The guidelines are complemented by a system for vetting hate crime prosecutions by the Director of Public Prosecutions – this approach ensures uniformity of prosecution practice nationally.

The Copenhagen Police co-operates with the Municipality of Copenhagen and the civil society group Danish Institute for Human Rights on a project against discrimination and hate crime in the city, called “Stigmatized”. The Municipality of Copenhagen has developed a mobile application which makes it possible for citizens to register and report incidents of discrimination and hate crime. The reported information gives the municipality an overview of where, when and against whom the incidents occur. The municipality shares the incoming data with the Copenhagen Police Department to target the police’s preventative efforts.

As a follow-up on the action plan from 2009, the government initiated the development of a new national strategy on the prevention of radicalization and extremism. The national strategy was launched in September 2014. It focuses on strengthening co-operation with and support to civil society.

Key observation

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