Deputy police chief: Finnsh hate crimes have doubled in Helsinki so far this year from 2014

by , under Enrique Tessieri

Racist crimes have doubled in Helsinki from last year, according to Jyväskylä-based daily Keskisuomalainen, which cites the Finnish News Agency (STT). The total number of racist crimes that have been reported this year is about 70.  

Helsinki Deputy Police Chief Ilkka Koskimäki was quoted as saying that a typical racist crime is when somebody accuses a Muslim of a crime and may be guilty of ethnic agitation or defamation of character.

Like in many countries in Europe, hate crimes go underreported in Finland as well and are only the tip of the iceberg, according to a recent shadow report by the NGO European Network Against Racism.

Considering that Finland’s migrant and minority population is growing and that we have a record number of asylum seekers that have come to the country, it would be a good idea to adopt in the Criminal Code of Finland (515/2003) the term “hate” and “racist crime.”

The criminal code doesn’t use the term hate or racist crime but does increase the punishment of a crime if there is a racial or ethnic factor. 

In light of a spike in hate crimes in Helsinki and most likely in Finland as well, it’s odd that the government is more interested in tightening immigration policy and family reunification laws than improving the security of migrants and minorities.

As long as the anti-immigration Perussuomalaiset* party sits in government and shares power with the Center Party and National Coalition Party, the plight of migrants and minorities will not improve but worsen.

The Finnish name of the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English-language names adopted by the PS, like True Finns or Finns Party, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and xenophobia. We therefore prefer to use the Finnish name of the party on our postings.



  1. intternetnetsi

    We know that “minorities” are overpresented on hate crimes. We know that gay, christian or some whatever minority is target of hate in refugee centers. Last was almost dead.
    Police wants to separate different ethnicities and beliefs…

    So, tell me how “finns”are “bad”.

  2. PS voter

    And here is a good example of a hate crimes by asylum seekers:

    Irakilainen homo joutuu pelkäämään vastaanottokeskuksessa Suomessa (Iraqi gay has to to fear in a Finnish reception center for refugees)

    He is terrified that some many persons from Iraq has come to Finland and because of that his safety is in danger and he has been already attacked by them.