Radiotjänst i Kiruna
Radiotjänst i Kiruna AB (literally, "Radio Service in Kiruna") is Sweden's TV licensing body. It is a private corporation, formed in 1988 and based in Kiruna. The company is a subsidiary of the three Swedish public service broadcasters Sveriges Television, Sveriges Radio and Sveriges Utbildningsradio. Under Swedish law everyone who owns a television receiver, computer, mobile phone or any device which can connect to the Internet is required to pay the license fee, currently 2032 kronor (€ 224) per year (2008). The fee is collected by Radiotjänst but administered by Swedish government office Swedish National Debt Office (“Riksgäldskontoret”) by means of a special account, the so-called “rundradiokontot”.
This fee applies to any household with a TV, computer or mobile phone; even if the device is not used to view television. Even if a household has no way to receive a TV broadcast, but owns a device which could theoretically connect to the Internet or receive a signal (if said signal was present) is still required to pay the fee.
Radiotjänst claimed that the current regulation for TV tax included any device that could theoretically be configured to receive a streamed video signal since at least one channel of Swedish public service TV was on the net in its entirety, but this interpretation was struck down in court June 13, 2014.
Radiotjänst employs around 120 people, most of whom are located in Kiruna. On top of this several hundred licensing inspectors stationed around the country. And additional inspectors are employed on freelance basis. The TV-license collects around 7 000 million SEK a year (roughly 800 million EUR) . The cost of running Radiotjänst amounts to 146 million SEK (2014) .
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