The number of cases of abuse with racist undertones has increased, according to a new report by Finland’s Police Academy.
The report revealed that the number of suspected racism cases more than tripled last year compared to the previous year.
Nearly 800 infractions classified as hate crimes reported to police last year contained elements of racism.
Police have kept records of such crimes for more than ten years. However Finland’s penal code does not recognise racism or hate crimes as criminal offenses.
“The study classifies hate crimes as primarily those suspected crimes in which police officers, the victims, or other parties suspect motives of prejudice or which involve slander of the victim’s peer group,” explained researcher Iina Sahramäki of the Police Academy.
In more than half of the cases reported, the victims had no prior relations with the suspects.