The Netherlands have reported hate crime data to ODIHR. The Netherlands' Criminal Code contains no hate crime provision. The framework for hate crime investigation and prosecution is set by guidance from the Office of the Public Prosecutor. The National Police and the National Expertise Centre on Discrimination of the Office of the Public Prosecutor are primarily responsible for hate crime data collection. Police statistics are published annually. The Central Bureau of Statistics conducts annual crime victimization surveys.


Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2018 3299 312 91
2017 3499 331 79
2016 4376 - -
2015 5288 Not available Not available
2014 5721 133 87

Hate crimes recorded by police

The police figures include hate speech incidents, data reported by local anti-discrimination services, and online hate speech incidents, which cannot be disaggregated. Hate crimes recorded by the police can only be disaggregated by either bias motivation or type of crime (both breakdowns were reported to ODIHR) but not simultaneously by both. The disaggregation below shows the total numbers for each bias motivation.

Key observation

ODIHR observes that the Netherlands have not reported on cases of hate crimes separately from cases of hate speech or discrimination