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.


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

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.

National developments

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.

Key observation

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