Norway regularly reports hate crime data to ODIHR. Norway's criminal law contains specific penalty enhancements for certain hate crimes. 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.


Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2018 624 60 37
2017 549 Not available Not available
2016 466 Not available Not available
2015 347 Not available Not available
2014 223 Not available Not available

Hate crimes recorded by police

Because there may be several motives registered in one criminal case, the number of police-recorded hate crimes by bias motivation below is higher (699) than the overall figure presented above (624).

National developments

The Police Directorate has issued guidelines for registering hate crimes for use by all police officers when receiving reports of hate crimes.

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