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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).

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Type of publication


Geographical coverage


Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution

Public authority


Finland, The Police College of Finland, Poliisiammattikorkeakoulu

Main Thematic Focus

Hate crime Incitement to hatred or violence

Target Population

General population

Key findings

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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