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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 […]

Sweden: Data Inspection Board Statement on Social Media Sites

(July 29, 2010) Sweden's Data Inspection Board (DIB), the country's key data protection agency, said in a statement issued on July 5, 2010, that it is the legal responsibility of businesses and government agencies to monitor all data that appears on their official blogs and social media sites, such as Facebook. The DIB stressed that […]

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 […]