Television licensing in Sweden
The current licence fee (Swedish: TV-avgift, literally TV fee) in Sweden is 2076 kr (€250) per annum. It is collected on behalf of the three public broadcasters (Sveriges Television, Sveriges Radio and Sveriges Utbildningsradio) by Radiotjänst i Kiruna AB, which is jointly owned by them.
The fee pays for five TV channels, 45 radio channels as well as TV and radio on the Internet. In Sweden, the term "television licence" was replaced a few years ago by "television fee". The fee is collected by Radiotjänst from every household containing a TV set, and possession of such a device must be reported to Radiotjänst as required by law. One fee is collected per household regardless of number of TV sets, in the home or in alternate locations owned by the household such as summer houses. Although the fee also pays for radio broadcasting, there is no fee for radios. Suggestions of replacing the fee with a tax occur sometimes in the media. Around 90% of households have reported that they have a television set and thereby need to pay the fee. However, the number of households not containing a TV set are considered by Radiotjänst to be a lot fewer than the 10% that don't pay licences. The personnel of Radiotjänst i Kiruna AB have no authority to investigate inside households (for instance flats on higher floor levels).
Requirement to pay TV Fee for Internet Access
Since February 2013 Radiotjänst i Kiruna AB have changed their interpretation of the Swedish television fee law. In their new interpretation any personal computer connected to the Internet is also considered a TV-set and thereby requires payment of the TV fee. Possession of a personal computer connected to the Internet must therefore also be reported to Radiotjänst i Kiruna AB, as required by law.
- "Radiotjänst". Retrieved 3 March 2009.
- Lag (1989:41) om TV-avgift (The law governing Television licensing in Sweden.)
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