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Rauta, J. (2019), Poliisin tietoon tullut viharikollisuus Suomessa 2018 (Suspected hate crimes reported to the police in Finland in 2018), Poliisiammattikorkeakoulun katsauksia 15/2019, 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 study show a decrease of 22 % in 2018 in the number of reported hate crimes compared to the previous year. The drop is 34 % for reported cases with a religious motive. One third of the reported cases with a religious motive (total 155 cases) were directed at Muslims.

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 witness has expressed a suspision of a hate motive behind the crime.

Sample details and representativeness

910 suspected hate crimes retrieved from the National Police Information System.

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