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Denmark: Corona Passport Requirement Enters into Force

(Apr. 13, 2021) On April 6, 2021, a Danish government requirement for patrons entering “nonessential” businesses to present a “Corona Passport” (Coronapas) indicating their current COVID-19 status took effect. The Corona Passport is part of an expedited planned reopening of Danish society that was agreed to by the nine largest parties represented in the Danish […]

Sweden: Supreme Court Rules Naming and Threatening Police Officer in Rap Song to Be Freedom of Expression and Not a Crime

(Apr. 7, 2021) On March 31, 2021, the Supreme Court of Sweden issued a judgment finding that song lyrics that named a female police officer and included threatening language did not constitute the crime of threatening a police officer (hot mot tjänsteman), but was protected under the constitutional right to freedom of expression. (Supreme Court, […]

Sweden: Privacy Protection Authority Finds Police Use of Facial Recognition Illegal, Issues Fines

(Apr. 6, 2021) On February 10, 2021, the Swedish Authority for Privacy Protection (IMY, Integrationsmyndigheten, formerly Datainspektionen) issued a decision whereby it fined the Swedish Police Authority 2.5 million Swedish kronor (about US$296,000) for violating the Crime Data Act (Brottsdatalagen) by using the facial recognition application Clearview AI. The artificial intelligence application was used intermittently […]

Finland: Municipality Elections Postponed Because of COVID-19 Pandemic

(Apr. 5, 2021) On March 26, 2021, the Finnish Parliament voted to approve a two-month postponement of the country’s municipal elections because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The elections, originally scheduled for April 18, 2021, will now be held on June 13, 2021. In accordance with the decision, early voting was also rescheduled for May 26 […]

Norway: Supreme Court Rules on Scope of Climate Provision in Constitution, Finds Government May Issue Exploratory Arctic Drilling Permits

(Mar. 31, 2021) On December 22, 2020, the Norwegian Supreme Court ruled that the Norwegian Constitution does not prevent the country’s government from issuing permits to explore drilling in the Arctic. (Supreme Court Decision HR-2020-2472-P (sak nr. 20-051052SIV-HRET), Dec. 22, 2020.) In doing so, the Supreme Court also established the boundaries and meaning of the […]

Norway: Supreme Court Rules Organization May Bring Claim Questioning Constitutionality of Parliamentary Decision

(Mar. 30, 2021) On March 1, 2021, the Norwegian Supreme Court, sitting in banc, declared that the organization “Nei til EU” (No to the EU) may bring a claim in court that a parliamentary vote decided by simple majority violated a Norwegian constitutional provision requiring certain matters be decided by a supermajority. (Norwegian Supreme Court, […]

Denmark: Parliament Establishes Committee to Oversee New Epidemics Act

(Mar. 9, 2021) On March 2, 2021, the Danish Parliament (Folketinget) established a new parliamentary committee, the Epidemic Committee (Epedimiudvalget). The committee is tasked with reviewing the use of power by the Danish government under the newly adopted Epidemics Act, which entered into force on March 1, 2021. The Epidemics Act gives the Danish government, […]

Sweden: Government Declares Risk of COVID-19 Transmission Grounds for Receiving Pregnancy Benefits

(Mar. 8, 2021) On March 4, 2021, the Swedish government (Regeringen) announced that women who are 20 to 36 weeks pregnant may be entitled to pregnancy benefits (graviditetspenning) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement comes in the wake of the announcement on February 26, 2021, by the Socialstyrelsen (National Board of Health and Welfare) that […]

Denmark: Parliament Votes to Initiate Impeachment Proceedings against Former Immigration Minister

(Feb. 19, 2021) On February 2, 2021, the Danish Parliament voted to initiate impeachment court proceedings against former Minister for Immigration, Integration and Housing Inger Støjberg for issuing a directive in 2016 requiring the automatic separation of asylum-seeking spouses when either spouse was under the age of 18. The directive was in force during February […]

Sweden: Amendment Requiring Banks to Provide Access to Cash Services Enters into Force

(Feb. 5, 2021) On January 1, 2021, an amendment to the Swedish Act on Payment Services (Lagen (SFS 2010:751) om betaltjänster) requiring banks to provide access to cash services entered into force. The amendment stipulates as follows: 1 § Such credit institutions and branches of foreign credit institutions that supply customers with payment accounts that […]