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Sweden: Proposed Reduction in Corporate Tax Rate

(Sept. 24, 2012) The Swedish government has put forward a proposal to reduce the corporate tax rate in 2013 from the current level of 26.3% to 22%, an approximately 15% reduction. It is estimated that the measure would cost the state about SEK16 billion (about US$2.4 billion), SEK8.8 billion of which would be funded by […]

Sweden: Legislation to Limit Children’s Smartphone Spending Being Considered

(Sept. 14, 2012) On September 12, 2012, Birgitta Ohlsson, the Swedish minister responsible for consumer affairs, announced that the government might introduce legislation “to prevent children from emptying their parents’ bank accounts in just a few clicks when playing with their smartphones,” potentially subjecting the parents to financial ruin. (Sweden Mulls Law on Kids’ Phone […]

Sweden: Minister Opposes Arctic Oil Drill Ban

(May 15, 2012) On May 2, 2012, Sweden's Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, released a statement on the issue of whether to ban drilling for oil in the Arctic region. He pointed out that while environmental issues are important for the Arctic Ocean, it would be irresponsible and result in lost opportunities to protect the region […]

Sweden: Amended Law on Electronic Communications

(May 15, 2012) On May 10, 2012, the Riksdag (Sweden's parliament) adopted controversial amendments to the country's Electronic Communications Act, which regulates the monitoring of Internet and telephone activity by the police. While there was agreement among political parties on the necessity of the government's being able to conduct wiretaps in cases involving suspected crimes […]

Sweden: Proposal to Do Away with Penalty of Compulsory Institutional Care

(Apr. 6, 2012) It was reported on April 3, 2012, that a government-appointed committee has presented a proposal to the Ministry of Social Affairs to eliminate the possibility of sentencing criminals to compulsory institutional care. The committee has been studying the relevant laws on the subject since 2008, and it recommended that Sweden follow the […]

Sweden: Proposal to Outlaw Use of Smartphones to Take Compromising Pictures

(Mar. 8, 2012) On February 29, 2012, the Swedish government made public draft legislation to outlaw the use of camera-equipped smartphones to take compromising pictures of people without their knowledge. The measure takes aim at cases of “modern-day Peeping Toms” snapping photographs “of women in various states of undress … in department store fitting rooms, […]

Sweden: Right to IVF Treatment Not Dependent on Sexual Orientation

(Nov. 25, 2011) On October 13, 2011, the Stockholm District Court found that a Swedish Vårdcentral [public health provider] had discriminated against a homosexual woman who wanted to undergo a preliminary medical test in order to receive an in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment. The woman had contacted her usual health care provider to schedule a […]

Sweden: Refusal of Entry into Store Not Discrimination

(Nov. 25, 2011) In October 2011, the Swedish Supreme Court decided not to hear a discrimination case on a fur store owner’s refusal to admit four Romani customers into his store because he was closing for lunch. As a result of the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the case, the Göta Court of Appeal’s […]

Sweden: Supreme Court Rejects State Immunity Claim Against Enforcement Measures

(Oct. 19, 2011) In a July 1, 2011, decision, the Swedish Supreme Court rejected a state immunity claim as grounds for refusing the enforcement of an arbitral award. (Högsta Domstolens Beslut [Supreme Court Decision] Ö170-10 [hereinafter Decision Ö 170-10], Supreme Court website (last visited Oct. 5, 2011).) The case reached the Supreme Court via an […]

Sweden: Police Criticized for Treatment of Beggars

(Oct. 19, 2011) In a June 2011 decision, the Swedish Parliamentary Ombudsman sharply criticized the Stockholm Police Department for deporting 26 “beggars” of Romani ethnicity. (Allvarlig kritik mot Polismyndigheten i Stockholms län, som avvisat utlänningar med motiveringen att dessa ägnade sig åt tiggeri och dagdriver [Sharp Criticism of the Stockholm County Police Department for Deporting […]