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.
|Year||Hate crimes recorded by police||Prosecuted||Sentenced|
|2020||635||Not available||Not available|
|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|
About 2013 Data
A year-to-year drop in the number of reported hate crimes is caused by improved separation of hate crimes from other criminal forms of intolerance. Police records also included: 56 crimes in which the “extremist” motive could not be confirmed, 70 cases with political motivation, and additional 9 crimes of discrimination and propaganda,. These cases are not included in the overall figure presented here. The crimes of discrimination and criminal propaganda may, however, be included in the breakdown below.
In his report following a country visit, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe encouraged the Danish authorities to pursue efforts to train the police on recording and investigating hate crimes, as well as to encourage the reporting of hate crimes by potential victims. The Commissioner also noted that disability is not included among protected characteristics under Danish hate crime law.
ODIHR observes that Denmark has not reported on the numbers of prosecuted cases or information on sentenced hate crime cases to ODIHR.