Record number of hate crimes reported in 2014

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A record number of hate crimes were reported to the police last year, according to statistics published Wednesday by the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brå).

During the course of 2014, the council counted about 6,270 cases in which hate had been a possible motive behind the reported crime, up by about 14 percent from the year before.

Brå estimates that xenophobia and racism were behind the majority of the cases reported last year, at 69 percent.

But the type of hate crime that has increased the most in recent years is fueled by anti-Christian sentiment, according to the reports seen by Brå, which writes on its website that reports of those crimes have more than tripled since 2010, to over 330 reports filed last year.