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.
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.
Incidents reported by civil society, international organizations and the Holy See
The Jewish Community of Denmark reported two physical assaults, one incident of threats, one incident of damage to a Jewish school and three incidents of graffiti. The Kantor Center and the Jewish Community of Denmark reported one further physical assault against a man and one incident of threats.read more ›
The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians reported the attempted murder of a recent convert to Christianity.read more ›
No information is available.
ODIHR observes that Denmark has not reported to ODIHR the numbers of prosecuted hate crime cases or information on sentenced hate crime cases.