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Sweden: Administrative Court Upholds Prohibition on Sale of COVID-19 Test Kits

(May 8, 2020) On May 4, 2020, the Administrative Court of Uppsala ruled that sales of Zandcell AB’s COVID-19 test kits were prohibited in Sweden because the producer had not proven that the product met the legal requirements for medical devices under Swedish and European Union law. (Uppsala Administrative Court, Decision No. 240-20 (May 4, […]

Sweden: National Prosecutor Investigates Workplace Environment Crime After Nurse Dies of COVID-19

(May 4, 2020) On April 29, 2020, the Swedish National Prosecutor announced that it is investigating a workplace environment crime (arbetsmiljöbrott) after a nurse working at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm died of COVID-19. The investigation comes following a report by the local safety representative (skyddsombud), who reportedly claimed that the hospital lacked the appropriate […]

Norway: Supreme Court Holds First Web-Based Court Hearing

(Apr. 22, 2020) On April 17, 2020, the Norwegian Supreme Court held its first web-based court hearing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In accordance with the Criminal Procedure Act and the Civil Procedure Act, cases may be held as remote hearings in specific situations. (Straffeprossessloven (LOV 1981-05-22-25); Tvisteloven (LOV 2005-06-17-90).) Moreover, on March […]

Sweden: Swedish Parliament Gives Swedish Government Temporary Emergency Powers Because of COVID-19 Outbreak

(Apr. 22, 2020) On April 16, 2016, the Swedish Parliament passed legislation that allows the Swedish government to issue special regulations during the COVID-19 outbreak. The law amends the Swedish Infectious Disease Control Act (Smittskyddslagen (SFS 2004:168)), Sweden’s emergency legislation. (Socialutskottetsbetänkande2019/20:SoU20.) The amendment (Prop. 2019/20:155) allows the government to issue regulations that temporarily limit public […]

Sweden: Parliament Extends Agreement on Changes to Parliamentary Procedure During COVID-19 Outbreak

(Apr. 16, 2020) On April 15, 2020, the group leaders of the Swedish Parliament extended their agreement on temporary parliamentary procedure during the COVID-19 outbreak to last until at least April 29, 2020. On March 16, 2020, the Swedish group leaders had agreed to a number of measures and changes to parliamentary procedure aimed at […]

Sweden: Government Temporarily Amends Sick Leave Rules During Coronavirus Outbreak

(Mar. 20, 2020) On March 11, 2020, the Swedish government announced that, in an effort to encourage Swedes with light symptoms of respiratory disease to stay home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, it was amending the annual state budget to allow for the temporary suspension of the first sick day deduction (karensavdrag). Later, […]

Sweden: Swedish Transport Agency Revokes IranAir’s Right to Operate in Sweden over Coronavirus Threat

(Mar. 3, 2020) On March 2, 2020, the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten) requested that the Swedish Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen) revoke the IranAir airline’s right to operate (trafiktillstånd) in Sweden. The request comes as a measure to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Covid-19, from spreading in Sweden. The Transport Agency responded by temporarily […]

Sweden: Consumer Ombudsman Sues E-cigarette Vendor over Illegally Advertising Online

(Feb. 27, 2020) On February 24, 2020, the Swedish Consumer Ombudsman (Konsumentombudsmannen (KO)) sued an online e-cigarette vendor for illegally advertising e-cigarettes in violation of the Act on Tobacco and Similar Products. (Lag (2008:2088) om tobak och liknande produkter.)  The KO monitors compliance with marketing rules and may sue companies on behalf of Swedish consumers […]

Sweden: Supreme Court Recognizes Sami Indigenous Group’s Exclusive Right to Confer Hunting and Fishing Rights in Sami Area

(Feb. 14, 2020) On January 23, 2020, the Swedish Supreme Court held that the Sami group “Girjas Sameby” (literally “Girjas Sami Village”) had an exclusive right to fishing and hunting in Girjas reindeer-herding areas on the basis of urminnes hävd (their presence there from time immemorial). Not only can the Sami village confer hunting and […]

Sweden: Parliament Votes to Adopt Tax on Plastic Bags

(Jan. 31, 2020) On January 29, 2020, the Swedish Parliament voted to approve a tax on plastic bags. Under the new rules most plastic bags will be taxed at SEK 3 (about US$0.31) apiece, while smaller and thinner plastic bags will be taxed at 30 öre (SEK 0.30, about US$0.03) apiece. Smaller plastic bags are […]