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Tihveräinen, T. (2013): Poliisin tietoon tullut viharikollisuus Suomessa 2012 (Suspected hate crimes reported to the police in Finland in 2012), The Police College of Finland (Poliisiammattikorkeakoulu) 2013

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Type of publication


Geographical coverage


Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution

Public authority


The Police College of Finland | Poliisiammattikorkeakoulu

Main Thematic Focus

Hate crime

Target Population

General population

Key findings

In 2012, the police filed 732 reports of suspected hate crime cases. The clear majority (87,6 %) of the cases were classified as racist incidents. The rest of the cases had following motives: religion or corresponding motive (6,1 %), sexual orientation (3,7 %), disability (2,2 %)and gender identity or gender expression (0,4 %). In 2012, 641 reports of offences with racist motivation were found in the police information system. The most common suspected crimes were assaults. In the majority of hate crimes based on religion, the targeted religion was Christianity. The most common suspected crimes were verbal insults or threats.

Methodology (Qualitative/Quantitative and exact type used, questionnaires etc)

The statistics are based on crime reports retrieved from the national police information system using search words and codes, after which the reports of an offence are read and classified as hate crime (or not) according to the specific information found on the reports, for example if the victim or the police has suspected that there was a hate motive behind the crime.

Sample details and representativeness

732 reports of an offence were selected from the raw material and classified as hate crime.

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