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Sweden: Law Providing Compensation to Sterilized or Infertile Gender-Change Surgery Recipients Takes Effect

(May 10, 2018) On May 1, 2018, the Swedish Act on State Compensation in Certain Cases to Persons Who Have Had Their Changed Gender Verified took effect. (Lag om statlig ersättning till personer som har fått ändrad könstillhörighet fastställd i vissa fall (Svensk författningssamling [SFS] 2018:162), Sverges Riksdag [Swedish Parliament] website.) This new temporary legislation […]

Norway: Supreme Court: Finnmark Estate Agency Has Right to Regulate Fishery, Hunting and Use of Natural Resources in Finnmark

(Mar. 30, 2018) On March 9, 2018, the Norwegian Supreme Court issued a unanimous judgment in a dispute regarding who may regulate fishing, hunting, and the use of natural resources in the Nesseby municipality in Finnmark (part of the Sápmi region in the northern part of Norway, inhabited by the Sami people).  (Supreme Court Case, […]

Iceland: Bill on Male Circumcision Headed for Review

(Mar. 26, 2018) The Icelandic Parliament may vote on a bill on male circumcision later this year (114. mál, lagafrumvarp (bann við umskurði drengja), Althingi (Icelandic National Parliament) website). The proposal would ban male circumcisions on children unable to give their own consent and be punishable by up to six years’ imprisonment. (Frumvarp til laga […]

Finland: Finnish Transport Safety Agency to Introduce Digital Driver’s License

(Mar. 15, 2018) On January 30, 2018, the Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafiksäkerhetsverket, Trafi) announced it will introduce digital driver’s licenses as of summer 2018, reportedly making Finland the first country in the world to introduce a digital driver’s license. (Digitalt körkort, TRAFI (last updated Jan. 30, 2018); Simon Karlsson, Digitalt körkort redan i sommar […]

Sweden: Appellate Court Grants Sami Village “Better Right” to Hunting Rights, but Not Control over Them

(Mar. 8, 2018) On January 23, 2018, the Appeals Court for Upper Norrland (Hovrätten for Övre Norrland) decided that the Sami village Girjas has a “better right” to fishing and hunting rights in its reindeer-grazing area than the Swedish state, concluding that the state has no right to fishing or hunting in that area. The […]

Sweden: Three-Month Weapons Amnesty Implemented

(Feb. 7, 2018) The Swedish government has announced a weapons amnesty effective between February 1, 2018, and April 30, 2018, during which anyone possessing illegal weapons and firearms can surrender them to the police without the risk of facing criminal charges. (Justitiedepartementet, Lagrådsremiss: En tidsbegränsad vapenamnesti 2018 [Referral to the Council on Legislation: A Temporary […]

Sweden: School Inspectorate Says School Uniforms Are Human Rights Violation

(Feb. 1, 2018) On December 4, 2017, the Swedish Schools Inspectorate declared school uniforms a violation of students’ human rights. (Skolinspektionen [Swedish Schools Inspectorate], Dnr 401-2017:7883, Dec. 4, 2017.) The Swedish School Inspectorate had decided to inspect the Nordic International School, an independent school in the city of Norrköping. Four thousand of Sweden’s 16,000 schools […]

Finland: Supreme Court to Make English Summaries of Precedents Available Online and Begin Using ECLI Code in 2018

(Jan. 12, 2018) On January 2, 2018, the Finnish Supreme Court announced it will make some of its precedents available through summaries in English. (Press Release, Finnish Supreme Court, The Supreme Court of Finland Starts to Publish Summaries of Its Precedents in English (Jan. 2, 2018), SUPREME COURT.) The cases will be limited to those […]

Finland: Parliament Approves New Alcohol Law

(Dec. 29, 2017) On December 15, 2017, the Finnish Parliament (Eduskunta/Riksdagen) approved a new Alcohol Act to take effect on January 1, 2018. Under the new provisions, the limit on alcohol content in drinks that may be sold in grocery stores will be increased from 4.7% to 5.5%.  (Press Release, Eduskunta/Riksdagen, Alkohollagen godkänd [Alcohol Act […]

Sweden: Mandatory Kindergarten Approved

(Dec. 14, 2017) On November 15, 2017, the Swedish Parliament voted approval of a law to make förskoleklass (similar to kindergarten) mandatory.  The law is set to enter into force in January 2018, with the first mandatory förskoleklass to start in August of 2018.  (Skolstart vid sex års ålder [School Starts at Age Six], Utbildningsutskottets betänkande […]