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Report Data - Finland - 2018

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. 

IGO Reports 
Organization Report 

The Council of Europe's Ad Hoc Committee Of Experts On Roma And Traveller Issues (CAHROM) published relevant recommendations in its "Thematic Report on Roma and Travellers' Access to Justice (with a gender focus)."

Bias Motivation 
Description Type 
Developments
Organization Report 

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) published relevant recommendations in its "Fifth Report on Finland."

Description Type 
Developments
ODIHR Recommendations 

ODIHR observes that Finland has met most OSCE commitments on hate crime data collection and reporting.

National Developments 
Description Type 
Developments
Organization Report 

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. 

Bias Motivation 
Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

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

Bias Motivation 
Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

This category also includes hate crimes committed between Shia and Sunni Muslims.

Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

Official data were reported separately for hate crimes motivated by bias against lesbian, gay and bisexual people (56 hate crimes) and by bias against transgender people (seven hate crimes), but are presented together here.