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Sweden: Court Recognizes Exclusive Fishing Rights of Sami Village

(Feb. 9, 2016) On February 3, 2016, the District Court of Gällivare announced its verdict in a hunting and fishing rights dispute between the government of Sweden and Girjas, a Sami village (a community of the indigenous Sami people that is a special legal entity with special legal rights and duties different from an ordinary Swedish village). […]

Sweden: Supreme Administrative Court Rules Trade in Bitcoins Not Subject to VAT

(Feb. 4, 2016) On February 2, 2016, the Swedish Supreme Administrative Court issued a ruling that trade in Bitcoins is not subject to value-added tax (VAT). (Högsta förvaltningsdomstolens dom [Supreme Administrative Court’s Judgment] (SAC Judgment), Nr. 7101-13 (Feb. 2, 2016).) The judgment was based on a case in which the Swedish Tax Authority had appealed […]

Sweden: Single Women Receive Legal Right to Insemination Assistance

(Jan. 29, 2016) On January 13, 2016, the Swedish Parliament adopted a law that will give single women the right to receive assistance with artificial insemination. The law gives single women the same reproductive assistance rights as heterosexual and homosexual couples.  (Assisterad befruktning för ensamstående kvinnor, Socialutskottets betänkande 2015/16:SoU3 [Assisted Pregnancy for Single Women, Parliamentary Committee Report […]

Sweden: Government Moves to Adopt More Restrictive Rules for Asylum Seekers

(Nov. 30, 2015) On November 24, 2015, the Swedish government announced that it would bring changes to Swedish asylum rules to a vote in Parliament, following reports from the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency that the current refugee situation now is a risk to the life and health of people in Sweden because important forces of […]

Sweden: Limit on Asylum Seekers Reached, Measures to Cope with Influx

(Nov. 12, 2015) On November 5, 2015, the Minister of Migration and Justice, Morgan Johansson, announced that Sweden had reached the limit on its capacity to receive asylum seekers, stating, “all countries have a limit – this is where we are now.” After utilizing all available evacuation housing, the government could not guarantee, he added, […]

Court of Justice of the European Union/Sweden: Purchase and Sale of Bitcoins Not Subject to VAT

(Nov. 5, 2015) On October 22, 2015, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued a preliminary ruling on the taxation of Bitcoins. (Case C-264/14, Skatteverket v. David Hedqvist, 2015, INFOCURIA – CASE-LAW OF THE COURT OF JUSTICE (Oct. 22, 2015) (ECJ Preliminary Ruling).) The ruling was in response to a 2014 request by the Swedish Högsta […]

Sweden: Supreme Court Turns to Electronic Communication

(Sept. 8, 2015) On August 25, 2015, the Swedish Supreme Court announced that as of August 31, 2015, it has turned to e-mail as its main means of communication. (Press Release, Ökad användning av e-post vid Högsta domstolen, Högsta Domstolen [Supreme Court] website (Aug. 25, 2015), NOTISUM.) The new policy means that all communication between […]

Sweden: Supreme Court Affirms Pre-Trial Detention of Julian Assange

(June 15, 2015) On May 11, 2015, the Swedish Supreme Court affirmed the Appeals Court decision to continue to detain Julian Assange in absentia. (Press Release, The Supreme Court Affirms the Decision of the Court of Appeals for Pre-Trial Detention of Julian Assange (May 12, 2015), Högsta Domstolen[ Supreme Court] website; Case No. Ö 5880.14 […]

Sweden: Tax Authority Publishes Guidelines for Income Tax on Bitcoin Mining, Suggests Prohibition of Bitcoin Use in Waste and Scrap Metal Transactions

(May 20, 2015) On April 24, 2015, just days before the May 4 tax filing deadline, Sweden’s Tax Authority published guidelines on how to declare income from Bitcoin mining. (Beskattning vid mining av bitcoin och andra virtuella valutor m.m. [Guidelines on the Taxation of Mining of Bitcoins and Other Virtual Currencies] (Apr. 24, 2015), Dnr […]

Sweden: District Court Declares Drone Use Does Not Constitute Camera Surveillance

(May 1, 2015) On April 13, 2015, the Administrative District Court of Malmö announced that using a drone to take pictures of an outdoor public garden is not camera surveillance that requires a prior permit. (Jaqueline Balcer Bednarska, Foto med drönare är inte kameraövervakning – domstol upphäver länsstyrelsens beslut, DAGENS JURIDIK (Apr. 14, 2015).) The […]