Rauta, J. (2017), Poliisin tietoon tullut viharikollisuus Suomessa 2016 (Suspected hate crimes reported to the police in Finland in 2016), Tampere, Poliisiammattikorkeakoulu (The Police College of Finland).
Rauta, J. (2017), Poliisin tietoon tullut viharikollisuus Suomessa 2016 (Suspected hate crimes reported to the police in Finland in 2016), Tampere, Poliisiammattikorkeakoulu (The Police College of Finland).View full Research
Type of publication
Area/location of interest
Not applicable - national level
Type of Institution
Finland, The Police College of Finland, Poliisiammattikorkeakoulu
Main Thematic Focus
Hate crime Incitement to hatred or violence
The report shows that in 2016 the police filed 1,079 reports of suspected hate crime offences, a decrease of 14 % compared to the previous year. The most common motives behind the suspected hate crimes were ethnic or national origin (77 %) and religious background (13.8 %). Reports of hate crime offences based on religion or belief increased 12 % from the year before. Muslims were the most common target in these cases, almost half of the crimes were assults, and the immigration station was the most common location of the suspected crimes.
Methodology (Qualitative/Quantitative and exact type used, questionnaires etc)
The statistics are based on crime reports retrieved from the National Police Information System using hate crimes related search terms. All identified reports are read and classified based on the information found in the reports. For example, a case is considered a hate crime, when the victim, the police or a witness has expressed a suspicion of a hate motive behind the crime.
Sample details and representativeness
1,079 suspected hate crimes retrieved from the National Police Information System
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