Law of Sweden

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The law of Sweden is a civil law system.[1]


Sweden has, like many other countries, a written constitution. It consists of four fundamental laws. A distinction is made between fundamental laws and other laws. Fundamental laws differ from other laws by requiring two identical decisions to be made by the Riksdag separated by an election in order to be changed.[2]


Sveriges rikes lag, the Swedish statute book

The Swedish Code of Statutes (Svensk författningssamling, or SFS) is the official chronological compilation of all new Swedish laws enacted by the Riksdag and ordinances issued by the Government. Also see the Sveriges Rikes lag, or the Book of Statutes, and Svenska förtfattningar i översättning till främmande språk. Register över gällande SFS-författninggar contains alphabetical and chronological indexes.[3]


The law was unified by legislation of King Magnus Eriksson circa 1350 into two general codes. These were replaced by a single code, the Civil Code of 1734, which was promulgated in 1734.[4]

See also[edit]


  • Jarbrant, Gunnel. In Winterton and Moys (eds). Information Sources in Law. Second Edition. Bowker-Saur. 1997. Chapter Twenty-Seven: Sweden. Pages 463 to 475.
  1. ^ "Oxford Libguides". Oxford Libguides. Retrieved 2014-10-30. 
  2. ^ "Sveriges Riksdag". Sveriges Riksdag. Retrieved 2014-03-14. 
  3. ^ Information Sources in Law. 1997.
  4. ^ Information Sources in Law. 1997.

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