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Police figures show drop in reported hate crime

The number of hate crimes reported to the police fell by 20 percent last year. Online hate crime also decreased, from 38 reported incidents in 2011 to 26 in 2012.

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Altogether the police were asked to investigate 732 hate crimes in 2012, of which 641 were classified as racist. In 2011 hate crimes totalled 918, with 788 involving racism. That indicates a fall in reported hate crime of 20.62 percent.

Despite concern over online comments and some high profile convictions for blog posts in recent years, the number of hate crime reports focused on writings on the internet dropped too, from 38 instances in 2011 to 26 in 2012.

The most common offence investigated was inciting ethnic hatred. The suspects were mostly white Finns, but there were three cases in which the suspect himself belonged to a minority.

The targets of hate crime were most commonly immigrants, but in six cases suspects had attacked a religion and in three cases a sexual minority.

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