Law of Sweden

Legal systems of the world.[1]

The law of Sweden is a civil law system, whose essence is manifested in its dependence on statutory law.[2] Sweden's civil law tradition, as in the rest of Europe, is founded on classical Roman law, but on the German (rather than Napoleonic) model. Nevertheless, the Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Norway, and Denmark) together with Finland and Iceland may be said to have a special Nordic version of Germanic-Roman jurisprudence.[3][4][5]


Sweden has a written constitution consisting of four fundamental laws. A distinction is made between fundamental laws and other laws; the difference being that any amendment of fundamental laws requires two identical decisions to be made by the Riksdag, separated by an election.[6]


Sveriges rikes lag, the de facto 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,[7] or the Book of Statutes, by Norstedts Juridik and Svenska förtfattningar i översättning till främmande språk. Register över gällande SFS-författninggar contains alphabetical and chronological indexes.[8]


The law was unified by legislation of King Magnus Eriksson c. 1350 into two general codes. These were replaced by a single code, the Civil Code of 1734, which was promulgated in 1734.[8]

See also


  1. Alphabetical Index of the 192 United Nations Member States and Corresponding Legal Systems, Website of the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa
  2. "Oxford Libguides". Oxford Libguides. Retrieved 2014-10-30.
  3. Anne Lise Kjær. "European Legal Concepts in Scandinavian Law and Language".
  4. Andreas Føllesdal (20 April 2002). "Rawls in the Nordic Countries - ARENA Centre for European Studies".
  5. "Civil law (legal system)".
  6. "Sveriges Riksdag". Sveriges Riksdag. Retrieved 2014-03-14.
  7. Norstedts Juridik (2015). Sveriges Rikes Lag (in Swedish) (136 ed.). Stockholm: Norstedts Juridik AB. p. 4469. ISBN 9789139018049.
  8. 1 2 Information Sources in Law. 1997.
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