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Sweden: Parliament Adopts Passport Restrictions

(May 20, 2016) On April 15, 2016, new rules for obtaining a Swedish passport took effect. Swedish citizens may now only request three passports in a five-year period.  (Lag om Ändring i Passlagen (1978:302) [Act on Amending the Passport Act (1978:302)] (Svensk författningssamling [SFS] 2016:135), NOTISUM; 7a § Passlagen [Passport Act] (SFS 1978:302), NOTISUM.) Prior […]

Norway: District Court Says State Violated Breivik’s Rights

(Apr. 26, 2016) On April 20, 2016, the District Court of Oslo announced its verdict in the human rights case brought by Anders Behring Breivik, who had been convicted in 2012 of the murders of over 70 people. (Press Release, Oslo District Court, Verdict: Lawsuit Regarding Prison Regime and Claimed Violation of Human Rights (ECHR) […]

Norway: District Court Hears Breivik Accusation of Violations of Human Rights

(Mar. 18, 2016) On March 15, 2016, the Oslo District Court convened to hear a suit lodged by Anders Behring Breivik alleging that his treatment in prison is a violation of his human rights. (Press Release, Oslo Tingrett [Oslo District Court], Lawsuit Regarding Prison Regime and Claimed Violation of Human Rights (ECHR) (Mar. 14, 2016), […]

Hungary/Sweden: Sweden Stops Deportation and Relocation of Asylum Seekers to Hungary

(Mar. 4, 2016) On March 2, 2016, the Swedish Migration Court of the Stockholm Administrative Court revoked the decision by the Swedish Migration Authority to send asylum seekers who had sought asylum both in Sweden and in Hungary back to Hungary in conformity with the Dublin Regulation. (Press Release, Migration Court of Stockholm Administrative Court, […]

Sweden: Supreme Administrative Court Declares E-Cigarettes Not Medical Devices

(Feb. 26, 2016) On February 17, 2016, the Swedish Supreme Administrative Court issued a decision in which it found that e-cigarettes are not medical devices and therefore are not regulated by the Läkemedelsverket (Medical Products Agency). (Supreme Administrative Court 2016-02-17 ref 1385-15 (Case 1385-15), download at Press Release, E-cigaretter är inte läkemedel (Feb. 17, 2016), […]

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 […]