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Report Data - Finland - 2015

Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2018 880 55 21
2017 1497 63 37
2016 1311 N/A N/A
2015 1704 Not available Not available
2014 954 Not available Not available

Hate crimes recorded by police

National developments

The authorities have been implementing the National Action Plan on Fundamental and Human Rights for 2017–2019, which includes projects on hate crimes and hate speech.

The Ministry of the Interior has designed a new Police Preventive Work Strategy, which sets hate crime as a priority. The National Police Board is currently developing an Action Plan to implement the strategy, including measures against hate crime.

The Ministry of Justice has continued implementing an EU-funded project, "Against Hate". One of the main objectives of the project is to further develop the national reporting mechanisms, especially regarding statistics on the prosecution and sentencing of hate crime. The project also aims to enhance the capacity of the police, prosecutors and judges to counteract hate crime and hate speech, and to develop support services for victims of hate crime. 

ODIHR Recommendations 

ODIHR observes that Finland has not reported information on the numbers of prosecuted hate crime cases to ODIHR.

National Developments 
Bias Motivation 
Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

Official figures recorded 1,356 racist and xenophobic hate crimes.

Bias Motivation 
Organization Report 

The figure presented here covers the following grounds: "race/colour", "ethnicity/national origin, citizenship and language".

Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

Finland reported 171 crimes committed with an anti-religious bias.

Organization Report 

Hate crimes reported under this category cover all anti-religious hate crime, without disaggregation by faith.

Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

Official figures recorded 82 hate crimes based on bias against LGBT people.

Organization Report 

Official data were reported separately for LGB and transgender hate crime but are presented together here.

Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

Official figures recorded 95 crimes based on bias against people with disabilities.

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Developments
Organization Report 

In order to increase the reporting of racist crimes, various awareness raising campaigns have been conducted in the framework of the "2012-2015 Internal Security Programme." The programme also initiated surveys among people of immigrant origin in order to gain information about their sense of security in the country. Finland is also part of a European Union project that aims at developing an EU model of good practice to counter racial and religious hate crime and hate speech, and that addresses effective systems to report on hate crime through capacity building for law-enforcement and ethnic communities.

The newly published "National Action Plan for the Prevention of Violent Radicalisation and Extremism" made a connection between hate crime and extremism, and commits to develop better mechanisms to counter the problem.

Finland signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ODIHR to implement the Training against Hate Crime for Law Enforcement (TAHCLE) programme.