Duties of the Ombudsman

The task of the Non-Discrimination Ombudsman is to promote equality and to prevent discrimination. The Non-Discrimination Ombudsman is an autonomous and independent authority.

You may refer to the Non-Discrimination Ombudsman if you have experienced or observed discrimination on the basis of age, origin, nationality, language, religion, belief, opinion, political activity, trade union activity, family relationships, state of health, disability, sexual orientation or other personal characteristics. The Ombudsman also works towards improving the rights, living conditions and status of groups at risk of discrimination, such as foreign nationals. The Ombudsman further supervises the removal from the country of foreign nationals and is the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings.

In practice, the work of the Non-Discrimination Ombudsman involves counselling, investigating individual cases, promoting conciliation, providing training, gathering information, lobbying concerning legislation and the practices of the authorities, and providing legal assistance, among other things. The duties and rights of the Ombudsman are provided for in the Non-Discrimination Act and the Act on the Non-Discrimination Ombudsman.

Discrimination on the grounds of gender or gender identity belongs to the domain of the Equality Ombudsman.