Norway

Norway regularly reports hate crime data to ODIHR. Norway’s criminal law contains specific penalty enhancements for certain hate crimes. The reported official data include cases of incitement to hatred. Hate crime data are collected by the National Police Directorate, Ministry of Justice and Statistics Norway. Hate crime statistics are regularly published.

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Official country information

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced
2015 Not available Not available Not available
2014 223 Not available Not available
2013   238 Not available Not available
2012   216 Not available Not available
2011   218 Not available Not available
2010   307 Not available Not available
2009   236 Not available Not available

Civil society information

Overview of incidents reported by civil society

Bias Motivation Attacks Against People Attacks Against Property
Violent Attacks Threats
Racism and xenophobia200
Bias against people with disabilities and other groups602
Total802
Grand Total10

Reports

Racism and xenophobia
  • SETA reported two physical assaults, one of which involved the stabbing of a Muslim man of African descent, while the second was carried out by a group that targeted two Kurdish men

Bias against people with disabilities and other groups
  • Stop Discrimination reported five physical assaults, including one committed by a group against a man with learning disabilities and one incident causing serious injuries to a man in a wheelchair; two incidents of vandalism, including one in which an assistance vehicle was damaged; and a robbery against a woman in a wheelchair.

IGO information

Reports

Racism and xenophobia
  • The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported a physical assault, in which two Kurdish men were attacked by a group; and two arson attacks on reception centres for asylum-seekers.

Developments

Racism and xenophobia
  • In its "Concluding observations on the combined twenty-first and twenty-second periodic reports of Norway", the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) recommended that a clear definition of hate crime be adopted in the Criminal Code, that a national system for registering hate crimes be established, that data on hate crimes be provided, that law enforcement be trained, and that all hate crimes be effectively investigated and prosecuted.

ODIHR key observations

ODIHR observes that Norway has not reported on hate crimes separately from cases of hate speech.