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Sweden: Charges Brought Under New Provision on Driving While Using Cellphones

(Dec. 13, 2013) On December 1, 2013, an amendment to the Swedish Traffic Regulation entered into force. Under the new provision, a cellphone or other communications device (such as a GPS) may only be used while driving if it does not negatively affect the driver’s ability to drive the vehicle. (4 ch. 10e §SFS 1998:1276 […]

Sweden: Country Police’s Roma Database Deemed Illegal

(Nov. 19, 2013) The Swedish Commission on Security and Integrity Protection (ISN) has found the compilation of a digital database of individuals with Roma background to be illegal. (Press Release, ISN, Nämnden kritiserar polismyndigheten i Skånes behandling av personuppgifter i uppgiftssamlingen “Kringresande” [Commission Criticizes the Skåne County Police for Its Use of Personal Information in […]

Sweden: Conviction Obtained Under New Law Banning Intrusive Photography

(Nov. 18, 2013) In May 2013 the Swedish government enacted a new piece of legislation that amends the Criminal Code by outlawing filming or taking photos in secret and making the crime punishable with up to two years in prison. (Betänkande 2012/2013:JuU21 Kränkande fotografering, Sveriges Riksdag [Swedish Parliament] website (May 29, 2013)). The law entered […]

Indonesia; Sweden: Cooperation on Sustainable Development Planned

(June 7, 2013) On May 28, 2013, during a visit by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia to Sweden, the two countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding on sustainable development of urban areas. The pact, signed by Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa and Swedish Trade Minister Eva Bjorling, stresses green city concepts. The signing was […]

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 […]