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Non-Discrimination Ombudsman

FINLAND: Non-Discrimination Ombudsman

Main Informations


The task of the Non-Discrimination Ombudsman is to advance equality in Finland and to prevent and tackle discrimination. The Non-Discrimination Ombudsman is an independent and autonomous authority.

You can turn to the Non-Discrimination Ombudsman if you have experienced or witnessed discrimination on the basis of age, ethnic or national origin, nationality, language, religion, belief, opinion, political activity, trade union activism, family connections, state of health, disability, sexual orientation or other personal characteristics.

Brief history

The Non-Discrimination Ombudsman was founded 1.1.2015. when the new Non-Discrimination act came to force. Before the ombudsman was named "Ombudsman for minorities" and had only mandate to tackle ethnic discrimination.

Mandate type
  • Predominantly promotion-type and legal support body
Litigation powers
  • Representing in front of courts
  • Bringing proceedings in own name
  • Intervening before the court
  • Formally deciding on complaints (e.g. decision or recommendation addressed to the parties) Not legally binding
Activities aimed at supporting vulnerable groups (e.g. through trainings)yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Activities aimed at supporting duty bearers such as employers and service providers (e.g. through trainings, guidance material, practical support, etc.)yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesno
Communication activities (e.g. awareness raising campaigns)nonoyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Recommendations on discrimination issuesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Publications and reportsyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Research projects (including surveys)yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Our institution has a mandate to deal with:
  • UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
  • Hate speech
Other statistics
Number of inquiries handled per year (all contact even if not resulting in a formal complaint)no datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano data
Number of cases handled per year (case files opened and processed according to your procedures)no datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano data
Number of media appearances per year (major newspapers/magazines/websites/blogs, TV + radio channels) - does not include social mediano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano data
  • Single headed equality body (led by director or ombudsman/commissioner)
Management details

Non-Discrimination Ombudsman is the head of office with the independent right to choose employées and prioritise.

Procedure for nomination and appointment of management and board

The Non-Discrimination Obudsman is appointed By the Government.

Number of staff dealing with equality issues
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Grounds and fields of discrimination covered by the equality body
Grounds / FieldsEmploymentEducationHousingSocial Protection & HealthcareGoods & ServicesOther
Gender Identitynonononono
Race and Ethnic Originnoyesyesyesyes
Sexual Orientationnoyesyesyesyes
Religion & Beliefnoyesyesyesyes

Other grounds : Opinion, political activity, trade union activism, family connections, state of health, other personel characteristics.

Mandate covers:
  • Public sector
  • Private sector
Operating budget in euros
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Operating budget in euros for the parts of the organisation dealing with equality issues (all types of functions).
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We are accountable to:
  • National Parliament

Related News

According to a ruling by the National Non-Discrimination and Equality Tribunal, assisted reproductive treatment may not be denied in public health care based on the sexual orientation of the client. The ruling shows that existing legal protections provide access to rights. It also ensures that the recommendation issued earlier by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health will be followed from now on, says the Non-Discrimination Ombudsman Kirsi Pimiä. The Tribunal imposed a conditional fine of 30 000 euro on each of the medical directors of university hospitals to enforce compliance with its injunction.


Our colleagues at the Non-Discrimination Ombudsman in Finland are the next members to take over the Equinet Twitter account (@equineteurope) as part of our #MeetNEBs campaign.


Equinet Calendar 2018

January 11th 2018

Equality bodies assist victims of discrimination in a wide variety of ways. This calendar highlights some of the work that our members do to promote equal treatment in their respective countries


The Finnish National Non-Discrimination and Equality Tribunal has determined that a person was discriminated against in the granting of consumer credit because no individual assessment of the person’s solvency was carried out. The creditor only assessed the solvency on the basis of background information, such as age, gender, place of residence and native language. The Non-Discrimination Ombudsman had submitted the case to the National Non-Discrimination and Equality Tribunal for consideration. The Non-Discrimination Ombudsman considers the decision of the tribunal important and expects creditors to change their practices.


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General Contact Information

Full name in English:

Non-Discrimination Ombudsman

Full name in the national language(s):

Yhdenvertaisuusvaltuutettu - Diskrimineringsombudsmannen

Postal address:
Po. Box 24, 00023 Government

General email address:

+358 295 666 817

Telephone number:

+ 358 295 666 800



Other social media channels: Instagram: @yhdenvertaisuusvaltuutettu

Languages in which your institution can be contacted:

Finnish, swedish, english, russian

Person of contact for media enquiries:

Maria Swanljung

Name of the Head of the equality body:

Kirsi Pimiä

Engagement with Equinet

Contact Person


Maria Swanljung