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Sweden: Three-Month Weapons Amnesty Implemented

(Feb. 7, 2018) The Swedish government has announced a weapons amnesty effective between February 1, 2018, and April 30, 2018, during which anyone possessing illegal weapons and firearms can surrender them to the police without the risk of facing criminal charges. (Justitiedepartementet, Lagrådsremiss: En tidsbegränsad vapenamnesti 2018 [Referral to the Council on Legislation: A Temporary […]

Sweden: School Inspectorate Says School Uniforms Are Human Rights Violation

(Feb. 1, 2018) On December 4, 2017, the Swedish Schools Inspectorate declared school uniforms a violation of students’ human rights. (Skolinspektionen [Swedish Schools Inspectorate], Dnr 401-2017:7883, Dec. 4, 2017.) The Swedish School Inspectorate had decided to inspect the Nordic International School, an independent school in the city of Norrköping. Four thousand of Sweden’s 16,000 schools […]

Finland: Supreme Court to Make English Summaries of Precedents Available Online and Begin Using ECLI Code in 2018

(Jan. 12, 2018) On January 2, 2018, the Finnish Supreme Court announced it will make some of its precedents available through summaries in English. (Press Release, Finnish Supreme Court, The Supreme Court of Finland Starts to Publish Summaries of Its Precedents in English (Jan. 2, 2018), SUPREME COURT.) The cases will be limited to those […]

Finland: Parliament Approves New Alcohol Law

(Dec. 29, 2017) On December 15, 2017, the Finnish Parliament (Eduskunta/Riksdagen) approved a new Alcohol Act to take effect on January 1, 2018. Under the new provisions, the limit on alcohol content in drinks that may be sold in grocery stores will be increased from 4.7% to 5.5%.  (Press Release, Eduskunta/Riksdagen, Alkohollagen godkänd [Alcohol Act […]

Sweden: Mandatory Kindergarten Approved

(Dec. 14, 2017) On November 15, 2017, the Swedish Parliament voted approval of a law to make förskoleklass (similar to kindergarten) mandatory.  The law is set to enter into force in January 2018, with the first mandatory förskoleklass to start in August of 2018.  (Skolstart vid sex års ålder [School Starts at Age Six], Utbildningsutskottets betänkande […]

Sweden: Supreme Court Rules Growing Medical Marijuana Is Minor Drug Offense

(Nov. 29, 2017) On November 20, 2017, the Swedish Supreme Court sentenced a man to a fine for growing medical marijuana in his home. He was sentenced to 40 day-fines at SEK130 a day (a total of SEK5,200, about US$630). (Case No. B 2106-16, Supreme Court, Nov. 20, 2017, HÖGSTA DOMSTOLEN (in Swedish).) Legal Provisions  Under Swedish […]

Denmark: Supreme Court Decides Person Born in Denmark Can Lose Citizenship After Joining ISIS

(Nov. 28, 2017) On November 14, 2017, the Danish Supreme Court (Højesteret) stripped a Danish-born citizen of his Danish citizenship for having joined and fought in Syria for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS or IS).  (Høejesterets dom [Supreme Court Verdict] (Nov. 14, 2007), Case No. 119/2017, Supreme […]

Iceland/European Court of Human Rights: Dismissal of Defamation Claim Violated Right to Respect for Private Life

(Nov. 20, 2017) On November 7, 2017, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) found that the Icelandic Supreme Court had erred in ruling against a claim of defamation, and “had not struck a fair balance between the applicant’s right to respect for his private life under Article 8 of the Convention [for the Protection of Human […]

Sweden: Bitcoins Seized During Asset Seizure

(Nov. 7, 2017) On October 12, 2017, the Swedish Kronofogden (Enforcement Authority) announced that it had for the first time seized Bitcoin assets in the course of actions taken against a debtor and that it would auction them off during an online auction. (Press Release, Kronofogden, Nu kan du köpa bitcoin hos Kronofogden [Now You […]

Sweden: Court Rules Accommodating Deaf Professor Would Place Disproportional Burden on State Employer

(Nov. 3, 2017) On October 11, 2017, the Swedish Arbetsdomstol (Labor Court) held that a deaf man could be denied a position as lector at a university, even though he was the best qualified applicant, because the cost of translating his lectures from sign language would be too great. (Labor Court, Decision No. 51/17, Case […]