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Report Data - Finland - 2010

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 
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The Stephen Roth Institute reported one anti-Semitic hate incident.

Bias Motivation 
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SETA reported on tear gas attacks during the Helsinki Pride Parade and the positive response by the criminal justice system. It also reported one addtional physical assault, one arson attack, two cases of property damage and three cases of graffiti on property.

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IGO Reports 
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IOM also reported on the Helsinki Pride Parade attacks.

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National Developments 
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Developments
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Amendments to legislation were proposed to increase the applicability of the general sentencing enhancement for bias-motivated crimes, to specifically include bias motivations of “race”, religion, sexual orientation and disability. Additionally, the provision no longer requires the victim to be a member of a specific group, as long as the victim or targeted property was perceived by the offender to be associated with a particular group. The amendments were adopted in March 2011 and entered into force on 1 June 2011.

Victim Support Finland, a national service advising victims of crime, added advisory services for hate crime victims and data collection on such crimes as part of its mandate. Staff training occurred in regional offices and 26 local areas. In addition, the Interior Ministry trained police officers on addressing hate crimes and increased co-operation with minority groups to improve responses.

Bias Motivation 
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Official figures record 911 racist and xenophobic hate crimes: 543 physical assaults including two attempted murders, 142 cases of damage to property/vandalism, 58 cases of disturbance of the peace, and 168 cases of threats.

Bias Motivation 
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Finland also reported 177 cases of criminal defamation, 27 of discrimination, and 53 other cases, which are included in the total number of hate crimes but not in the total of racist and xenophobic hate crimes.

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Official figures record 41 anti-religious crimes, including 13 physical assaults, 7 cases of damage to property/vandalism, 5 of disturbance of domestic peace and 16 cases of threats.

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

Finland also reported cases of criminal defamation, 2 of discrimination and 5 other cases, which are included in the overall hate crime figure but not in the total of anti-religious hate crimes.

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Official figures record 132 hate crimes, including 107 physical assaults based on bias against LGBT, one case of disturbance of the peace, 16 cases of damage to property and eight cases of threats.

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Finland also reported 19 cases of criminal defamation, 6 of discrimination and 3 other cases, which are included in the overall hate crime figure but not in the total of hate crimes against LGBT people.

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Official  figures record 10 cases of crimes based on bias towards people with disabilities including six physical assaults, two cases of disturbance of the peace, one case of threats and one case of damage to property.

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Finland also reported 5 cases of criminal defamation and 10 of discrimination, which are included in the overall hate crime figure but not in the total of hate crimes against people with disabilities.