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Sweden: No Cases Yet Under Anti-File Sharing Law

(Apr. 2, 2010) In 2009, Sweden adopted a controversial law on Internet piracy, the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive, designed to permit prosecution of those suspected of illegal file downloads. (See Constance A. Johnson, Anti-Piracy Law Cuts Internet Traffic, GLOBAL LEGAL MONITOR, Apr. 13, 2009, available at // To date, however, there have been no […]

Sweden: Parliament Approves Resolution on Armenian Genocide

(Mar. 16, 2010) On March 11, 2010, the Swedish Parliament adopted by a majority of one vote (131-130) a resolution that recognizes as genocide the killing of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire, in the years between 1914 and 1923. The opposition in the Parliament secured the resolution's passage by garnering the support of several MPs […]

Sweden: Amended Rules on Tax Deferral

(Dec. 3, 2009) The Swedish Parliament enacted a bill on November 25, 2009, that amends and liberalizes existing law on the tax applied to individuals in cases of exchange of shares. The new rules, adopted as Prop. 2009/2010:24, will come into force on January 1, 2010. (Emma Nilsson, Rules on Tax Deferral for Individuals Amended, […]

Sweden: New Law to Permit Suspending Students

(Apr. 17, 2009) Sweden's government is proposing a new law on discipline for school children. The Education Minister, Jan Björklund, has called for reforming the existing law, which became effective in 2006. That law allowed teachers to confiscate items that distracted students and permitted administrators to move disruptive students to other schools, but not to […]

Sweden: Anti-Piracy Law Cuts Internet Traffic

(Apr. 13, 2009) Sweden's new anti-piracy law came into force on April 1, 2009, and traffic on the Internet in the country decreased by almost 50 percent. Under the new legislation, those who hold copyrights may obtain a court order to locate information on Internet users who illegally share files. The users are found through […]

Sweden: Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed

(Apr. 6, 2009) On April 1, 2009, the Riksdag (Sweden's parliament), in a vote of 226 to 22, passed a law permitting same-sex marriages, replacing the Registered Partnership Act of 1994. The new law becomes effective on May 1. Sweden is reportedly the fifth European country to adopt such a law, after the Netherlands (2000), […]

Sweden: Plan to Reform Military

(Mar. 25, 2009) On March 19, 2009, Swedish Defense Minister Sten Tolgfors introduced a bill that would institute the largest reform of Sweden's military in several decades. “This will be a major strengthening of Sweden's defense capabilities,” he stated. (Sweden Sets Sights on Military Reforms, THE LOCAL, Mar. 19, 2009, available at The plan […]

Sweden: Ban on Mercury

(Feb. 23, 2009) On January 15, 2009, the Swedish government introduced a blanket ban on mercury. Regulations governing the ban enter into force on June 1, 2009. As a result, such practices as the use of dental amalgam in fillings will be prohibited and products containing the non-degradable element may not marketed domestically. However, the […]

Sweden: Wiretapping Bill Approved

(July 2, 2008) On June 18, 2008, Sweden's Parliament passed a law authorizing warrantless wiretapping (draft text in Swedish, Mar. 8, 2007, available at The National Defense Radio Establishment has broad authority under the new legislation to monitor international telephone calls and other electronic communications. The bill had been rejected on June 17, but […]

Sweden: Supreme Court Rejects Extradition of Chechen Rebel

(June 2, 2008) On June 10, 2008, the Supreme Court of Sweden rejected a request by Russia, made in July 2007, to extradite a Chechen rebel suspected of the commission of “a long line of crimes between May and July 2002, including terrorism, the attempted murder of a state employee and participating in an armed […]