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Sweden: Supreme Court Defines Negligent Rape

(July 17, 2019) On July 11, 2019, Sweden’s Supreme Court issued its first judgment in relation to the country’s amended rape legislation, finding that a defendant had been negligent in having intercourse with a woman for not being sure that she was participating freely. (Högsta Domstolen [Supreme Court], Case No. B 1200-19 (July 11, 2019).) […]

Swedish Parliament Reintroduces Tax Deduction for Donations to Nonprofit Organizations

(July 10, 2019) On June 4, 2019, the Swedish Parliament passed legislation reintroducing tax deductions for donations to nonprofit organizations. (Återinförd skattereduktion för gåvor till ideell verksamhet: Skatteutskottets betänkande 2018/19:SkU21 [Tax Reduction for Gifts to Charitable Activities Reintroduced: Tax Committee Report 2018/19:SkU21], SVERIGES RIKSDAG (June 4, 2019); Press Release, Sveriges Riksdag, Skatteavdrag för den som ger […]

Sweden: Supreme Administrative Court Defines Compensation for Care Received in Another EU Member State

(June 19, 2019) On May 31, 2019, the Swedish Supreme Administrative Court issued a judgment that determined when Swedish patients may be reimbursed for care received abroad. (Högsta förvaltningsdomstolen [Supreme Administrative Court], Case No. 5928-18, May 31, 2019, Supreme Administrative Court website.) Under Swedish law, Swedish patients have a right to compensation for health care […]

Sweden: District Court Says Issuing Detention Order for Assange Not Proportional

(June 14, 2019) On June 3, 2019, Uppsala District Court issued a judgment denying a request to issue a detention order for Julian Assange. (Uppsala Tingsraett [Uppsala District Court], Case No. B 3167-19 (June 4, 2019) (in Swedish), on file with author; see also Press Release, Uppsala District Court, Decision Concerning an Application for a […]

Sweden: Criminal Rape Investigation of Julian Assange Reopened

(May 24, 2019) On May 13, 2019, the Swedish Prosecution Authority announced that it would reopen the investigation into the accusations of rape against Julian Assange. (Press Release, Åklagarmyndigheten, Förundersökningen i Assangeärendet återupptas [Swedish Prosecution Authority, Preliminary Investigation in the Assange Case Reopened] (May 13, 2019); Åklagarmyndigheten, Beslut [Decision] AM-131226-10 (May 13, 2019), Swedish Prosecution […]

Sweden: Supreme Court No Longer Receives or Sends Communications via Telefax

(Mar. 8, 2019) As of March 1, 2019, the Swedish Supreme Court is no longer sending or receiving messages via fax machine in its communications with the public (including counsel and defendants). (Press Release, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Ceases Communicating by Telefax (Feb. 14, 2019) (in Swedish).) After an amendment to the Administrative Procedure Act […]

Sweden: Changes to Law on National Minorities and Minority Languages Take Effect

(Jan. 28, 2019) On January 1, 2019, provisions expanding rights and protection for Swedish national minorities and minority languages took effect. The new provisions provide that minorities have a right to both elder care and preschool in their native (minority) language. (17, 18 & 18 a §§ Lag om nationell minoriteter [Act on National Minorities] […]

Sweden: Animal Protection Ordinance Takes Effect, Prohibiting Circus Animals

(Jan. 9, 2019) On January 1, 2019, a new Animal Welfare Protection Ordinance took effect in Sweden. (Djurskyddsförordning Svensk författningssamling [SFS] 1988:539, as amended by SFS 2018:1204, Riksdagen (Parliament) website.) Under the new rules circuses may no longer include elephants or sea lions in their performances. (35 § 2 st Djurskyddsförordning.) Other animals that were […]

Sweden: Public TV and Radio Service Fee System Reformed, New Tax Introduced

(Dec. 14, 2018) On November 14, 2018, the Swedish Parliament voted to replace the Swedish public service fee (tv-avgiften), which, under current rules, is paid only by households that have a television set. As of January 1, 2019, the fee will be replaced by a public service tax equal to 1% of the annual income […]

Sweden: Migration High Court Rules That Applying High School Act Does Not Violate Schengen

(Dec. 13, 2018) On September 25, 2018, the Swedish Migration Court of Appeals found that the newly enacted “High School Act,” which allows undocumented minors whose asylum application has been rejected to stay in the country to pursue a high school education, does not violate the Schengen rules requiring proof of identity. (Migrationsöverdomstolen [Migration Appeals […]