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Policy Brief: Discrimination in Finland

Policy Brief: Discrimination in Finland is a series that introduces readers to the latest research data on questions related to discrimination and equality. Each issue focuses on a given topical theme and provides related policy recommendations. The series is published by the Ministry of Justice and intended especially for decision-makers, politicians, media, public officials and other experts.

The series is also available in Finnish and Swedish.

Harassment in its various forms has far-reaching consequences for society in its entirety as it causes victims to have a sense of insecurity, threatens their mental health and negatively impacts their confidence in authorities. Authorities, employers and educational institutions have an obligation to prevent and intervene in harassment and to promote non-discrimination and equality between men and women. 


In general, discrimination is approached from the perspective of a single basis or reason, but in practice, people can experience discrimination due to multiple personal characteristics. This is multiple discrimination. Identifying multiple discrimination can help to better prevent different situations of discrimination.