Norway regularly reports hate crime data to ODIHR. Norway's criminal law contains specific penalty enhancements for certain criminal offences. The reported official data include cases of incitement to hatred. Hate crime data are collected by the National Police Directorate, Ministry of Justice and Statistics Norway. Hate crime statistics are regularly published. The National Police Directorate conducts annual victimization surveys, which include questions about hate crime.


Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2019 761 70 37
2018 624 60 37
2017 549 Not available Not available
2016 466 Not available Not available
2015 347 Not available Not available

Hate crimes recorded by police

In the breakdown below, the numbers do not correspond with the total number of police-recorded hate crimes above because: (i) there may be several motives registered in one criminal case; and (ii) the police records below include incidents of hate speech and discrimination, which are not taken into account.

National developments

A training module on hate crime was delivered to prosecutors and investigators.

The authorities have continued implementing two action plans: the Action Plan against Anti-Semitism 2016-2020; and the LGBTI Action Plan: Safety, Diversity, Openness 2017-2020, on countering discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

Key observation

ODIHR observes that Norway has not reported on hate crimes separately from cases of hate speech.