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Sweden: Finnish Language Rights Extended

(Jan. 11, 2013) Finnish speakers in eight additional districts in <?Sweden will have the option of using their native language in retirement homes and pre-schools, following the adoption of a proposal on the subject by Swedish legislators late last month. The action came two years after Sweden included Finnish as one of the four minority […]

Sweden: Amended Transgender Law Now in Force

(Jan. 11, 2013) Effective January 1, 2013, <?Sweden's Law 1972:119 on the Determination of Sex in Some Cases (hereinafter Sex Determination Law) was extensively amended. Among other changes, a compulsory sterilization requirement (previously under§ 1) has been abolished; sex-change applicants no longer need to be unmarried or be Swedish nationals (one must just be registered […]

Sweden: Migration Board Proposes Plan to Attract Foreign Students

(Dec. 3, 2012) The Swedish Migration Board has issued a report recommending a new visa plan designed to attract foreign students to universities in the country. It would give students from outside the European Union the possibility of finding work and acquiring a residency permit in <?Sweden once they graduate. Since the imposition of tuition […]

Sweden: Court Overturns Rape Case Decision

(Nov. 7, 2012) <?Sweden's Göta Court of Appeal overturned a previous decision in a rape case in which the victim was a transgendered woman. The October 2012 decision was issued a year after the crime and changed the July 2012 Örebro District Court determination in the case. In the appeal decision, the accused was sentenced […]

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, […]