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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 […]

Sweden: Supreme Court Defines Swedish Jurisdiction in Child Custody Battles

(Oct. 19, 2011) The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child’s “habitual residence” is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Högsta Domstolens Beslut [Supreme Court Decision] Ö 5155-10 [hereinafter Decision Ö 5155-10], Supreme Court website (last visited Oct. 3, […]

Sweden: Sami Indigenous Rights

(Apr. 22, 2011) It was reported on March 30, 2011, that the Sami Parliament will send a report to the Swedish government in May demanding more self-determination for the Sami indigenous population in Sweden, which is estimated to number about 20,000 people. There are an estimated 70,000-100,000 Sami (also known as Laplanders) found in Finland, […]

Sweden: Move Toward Providing Health Care, Education for Illegal Immigrants

(Mar. 14, 2011) The Swedish government and the Green Party recently announced an agreement on a policy toward migrants. The plan would allow even those in the country illegally to receive health care and education and would give them the right to run businesses. At a press briefing on March 3, 2011, Prime Minister Fredrik […]

Sweden: New Social Media Guidelines Published

(Sept. 13, 2010) On September 7, 2010, the Data Inspection Board (Datainspektionen, DIB) of Sweden published a new, four-page set of social media guidelines, entitled PERSONAL INFORMATION IN SOCIAL MEDIA. (Marcus Hoy, Swedish Data Protection Authority Issues New Social Media Guidelines, 174 PRIVACY LAW WATCH (Sept. 10, 2010), Bureau of National Affairs online subscription database, […]

Sweden: Migration Court Stops Transfer of Asylum Seekers to Greece Despite Dublin II Regulation

(Sept. 10, 2010) It was reported on September 6, 2010, that the Migration Court (Migrationsdomstolen) in Malmö, Sweden, decided to stop the transfer of five asylum seekers to Greece, where the two women and their three children had first traveled before arriving in Sweden. The Court reached this decision despite provisions of the European Union's […]