Non-Discrimination Ombudsman | Finland

The biggest achievement in Finland in the past 20 years is the very extensive Non-Discrimination Act that entered into force in the beginning of 2015. In the Act, the prohibition of discrimination applies to all private and public activities. Another essential change was that the list concerning the prohibition of discrimination was extended beyond the grounds provided in the Directives (age, disability, ethnic origin, sexual orientation and religion or belief) to include also nationality, language, state of health, family relationships, opinion, political activity, trade union activity, and the concept of other personal characteristics, making the Finnish Non-Discrimination Act one of the most extensive acts in Europe.