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Report Data - Finland - 2009

Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2017 1497 63 37
2016 1311 N/A N/A
2015 1704 Not available Not available
2014 954 Not available Not available
2013 904 Not available Not available

Hate crimes recorded by police

National developments

Based on a MoU with ODIHR, the Finnish police have been implementing the TAHCLE programme. Around 900 officers have received training on hate crimes to date. Training events have contributed to a measured increase in identification of hate motive (24 per cent in 2016 to 39 per cent in 2017).

The Ministry of Interior increased funding to address hate crime, which was identified as a priority area in the Police Strategy in 2016. The funding was used, among other things, to appoint 25 hate crime specialists to Helsinki Police Department.

Since December 2017, the Ministry of Justice has been co-ordinating an EU-funded project called Against Hate. One of the main objectives of the project is to further develop the national reporting mechanisms, especially regarding statistics on prosecution and sentencing of hate crime. The project also aims at enhancing the capacity of the police, prosecutors and judges to act against hate crime and hate speech, and to develop support services for victims of hate crime.

As part of the EU-funded project PROXIMITY, the Ministry of Justice is supporting the capacities of local authorities and especially municipal policing to prevent and identify hate crimes and other forms of intolerance.

NGO reports 
Organization Report 

The Islamic Council of Finland reported ten incidents.

Organization Name 
Bias Motivation 
Description Type 
Reports
National Developments 
Bias Motivation 
Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

Official figures record 1,041 racist and xenophobic hate crimes: 645 physical assaults including two attempted murders, 152 cases of damage to property/vandalism, 61 cases of disturbance of the peace, 183 cases of threats.

Bias Motivation 
Organization Report 

Cases of criminal defamation, discrimination and others were also reported and are included in the total number of hate crimes but not in the total of racist and xenophobic hate crimes.

Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

Official figures record 79 anti-religious crimes, including 30 physical assaults, 20 cases of damage to property/vandalism, one desecration of graves, four disturbance of domestic peace and 24 threats.

Organization Report 

Hate crimes reported under this category cover all anti-religious hate crime, without disaggregation by faith.

Cases of criminal defamation, discrimination, and other were also reported and are included in the total number of hate crimes but not in the total of anti-religious hate crimes.

Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

Official figures recorded 20 hate crimes, including 13 physical assaults based on bias against LGBT, three cases of disturbance of the peace, two cases of damage to property and two cases of threats.

Organization Report 

Official figures were reported separately for LGB and transgender hate crime but are presented together here.

Cases of criminal defamation, discrimination, and other were also reported and are included in the total number of hate crimes but not in the total of hate crimes against LGBT.

Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

Official figures record 28 cases of crimes based on bias towards people with disabilities including 19 physical assaults, two cases of disturbance of the peace, six cases of threats and one case of damage to property.