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 partially 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 annual victimization surveys to measure unreported hate crime.


Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2019 469 - -
2018 449 - -
2017 446 Not available Not available
2016 274 Not available Not available
2015 198 Not available Not available

Hate crimes recorded by police

The hate crimes presented below include incidents without charges and other investigative measures that had a bias motivation. It also includes 100 incidents of hate speech, which falls outside of the OSCE's definition of hate crime but could not be disaggregated.

National developments

In October 2019, when Denmark released its hate crime data for 2018, the Danish National Police also launched an awareness-raising campaign called "Stop the Hate". The campaign consisted of informative postcards distributed to Denmark's 12 police districts and disseminated by police officers during police exhibitions. The postcards were also distributed free-of-charge in restaurants, cafes, theatres and cinemas across the country over a two-week period. The purpose of the postcards was to encourage hate crime victims to report the incidents to the police. A video was also developed as part of the campaign.

Key observation

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