Discrimination because of skin color in selected Nordic countries 2016, by gender

This statistic displays the perceived discrimination perceived due to skin color of people of African descent while looking for work, at work, education, and housing within the last five years before the survey period in selected Nordic countries from 2015 to 2016, by gender. According to the results of the survey, 31 percent of women of African descent in Denmark experienced discrimination because of their skin color. The corresponding figure for women of African descent in Sweden was 28 percent.

Have you experienced discrimination in work, education, or housing in the last five years because of your skin color?

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Release date

November 2018


Denmark, Finland, Sweden

Survey time period

2015 to 2016*

Number of respondents

5,141 respondents**

Supplementary notes

This question was phrased by the source as follows:
"[H]ave you ever felt discriminated against for any of the following reasons? Tell me all that apply. Skin colour; Ethnic origin; Religion or religious beliefs; Age (such as being too old or too young); Sex/gender (such as being a man or a woman); Disability; Sexual orientation (such as being gay, lesbian or bisexual); Something else."

The source adds the following information: "Areas of life considered for analysis: looking for work, at work, education (as parent or guardian) and housing."

* The survey was conducted in Finland from November 2, 2015 to August 9, 2016; in Denmark from October 24, 2015 to March 14, 2016; and in Sweden November 2, 2015 to March 30, 2016.

**The sample size in Finland was 502 respondents, in Denmark 1,085 respondents, and in Sweden 1,098 respondents.

According to the source, the results of the survey have been weighted.

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