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Sweden: Court Recognizes Exclusive Fishing Rights of Sami Village

(Feb. 9, 2016) On February 3, 2016, the District Court of Gällivare announced its verdict in a hunting and fishing rights dispute between the government of Sweden and Girjas, a Sami village (a community of the indigenous Sami people that is a special legal entity with special legal rights and duties different from an ordinary Swedish village). […]

Sweden: Supreme Administrative Court Rules Trade in Bitcoins Not Subject to VAT

(Feb. 4, 2016) On February 2, 2016, the Swedish Supreme Administrative Court issued a ruling that trade in Bitcoins is not subject to value-added tax (VAT). (Högsta förvaltningsdomstolens dom [Supreme Administrative Court’s Judgment] (SAC Judgment), Nr. 7101-13 (Feb. 2, 2016).) The judgment was based on a case in which the Swedish Tax Authority had appealed […]

Denmark: Law to Stem Asylum-Based Immigration

(Feb. 1, 2016) On January 26, 2016, the Danish Parliament, in a vote of 81 to 27 (with 70 absentees), adopted several measures meant to reduce the number of asylum seekers arriving in Denmark. (Forslag til lov om ændring af udlændingeloven [Bill of the Law on Amending the Aliens Act] (final text of the proposal […]

Sweden: Single Women Receive Legal Right to Insemination Assistance

(Jan. 29, 2016) On January 13, 2016, the Swedish Parliament adopted a law that will give single women the right to receive assistance with artificial insemination. The law gives single women the same reproductive assistance rights as heterosexual and homosexual couples.  (Assisterad befruktning för ensamstående kvinnor, Socialutskottets betänkande 2015/16:SoU3 [Assisted Pregnancy for Single Women, Parliamentary Committee Report […]

Sweden: Government Moves to Adopt More Restrictive Rules for Asylum Seekers

(Nov. 30, 2015) On November 24, 2015, the Swedish government announced that it would bring changes to Swedish asylum rules to a vote in Parliament, following reports from the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency that the current refugee situation now is a risk to the life and health of people in Sweden because important forces of […]

Sweden: Limit on Asylum Seekers Reached, Measures to Cope with Influx

(Nov. 12, 2015) On November 5, 2015, the Minister of Migration and Justice, Morgan Johansson, announced that Sweden had reached the limit on its capacity to receive asylum seekers, stating, “all countries have a limit – this is where we are now.” After utilizing all available evacuation housing, the government could not guarantee, he added, […]

Court of Justice of the European Union/Sweden: Purchase and Sale of Bitcoins Not Subject to VAT

(Nov. 5, 2015) On October 22, 2015, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued a preliminary ruling on the taxation of Bitcoins. (Case C-264/14, Skatteverket v. David Hedqvist, 2015, INFOCURIA – CASE-LAW OF THE COURT OF JUSTICE (Oct. 22, 2015) (ECJ Preliminary Ruling).) The ruling was in response to a 2014 request by the Swedish Högsta […]

Iceland: Legalization of Surrogacy Proposed

(Oct. 26, 2015) On October 13, 2015, Iceland’s Health Minister, Kristján Þór Júlíusson, announced a proposal to legalize surrogacy in Iceland. (Proposal to Legalise Surrogacy in Iceland, MBL.IS (Oct. 14, 2015).) The proposed law would permit only altruistic surrogacy agreements, not commercial ones. It would allow both men and women to solicit a surrogate to carry their child. […]

Denmark: Tougher Requirements for Acquiring Danish Citizenship Through Naturalization

(Oct. 23, 2015) On October 5, 2015, Danish politicians announced an agreement on new, tougher rules for acquiring Danish citizenship through naturalization. (Steen A. Jørgenssen, Regeringen indgår bred aftale om skrappere krav for statsborgerskab, JYLLANDSPOSTEN (Oct. 5, 2015).) The final agreement entered into force on October 15, 2015. (Udlændinge-, Integrations- og Boligministeriet [Ministry of Immigration, […]

Iceland/European Union: Reduction in Import Duties, Increase in Quotas for Agricultural Products

(Oct. 20, 2015) On September 17, 2015, Iceland’s government and the European Union agreed on new terms for agricultural trade. (Press Release, EU and Iceland Strike Deal to Protect Geographical Indications and Enhance Trade for Agricultural and Food Products (Sept. 18, 2015) EUROPA.) Under the new agreement, Iceland will reduce the tariffs on agricultural products […]