A total of 918 suspected hate crimes were reported in Finland in 2011, which is a 7% rise from 860 cases in the previous year, according to the Police College of Finland. Compared with the previous years, suspected hate crime cases have not risen significantly, according to researcher Iina Sahramäki.
“If we look the previous years to 2008 (when the Police College of Finland started to report hate crime statistics), there hasn’t been any significant growth,” she told Migrant Tales.
The majority (86%) of suspected hate crimes were racially motivated. Other factors included religious background (6.6%), sexual orientation (4.6%) and disability (2.6%). Three cases (0.3%) involved transgender victims.
Somalis were the single biggest national group that were victims of hate crimes in Finland in 2011.