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Constitutional Background

Swedens Constitution consists of four fundamental laws that take precedence over all other laws: The Instrument of Government, The Act of Succession, The Freedom of the Press Act, and The Fundamental Law on Freedom of Expression. The Riksdag Act, though no fundamental law, is constitutional in substance as it regulates the proceedings of the Parliament.

The Succession Act has, in Article 5, a special restriction for princes and princesses according to which they may not marry without the consent of the Government lest they forfeit the rights of their dynasty.

History and News

  • 1 Sep 2015: Amendment of the Parliament Act1 Jan 2015: Amendment of the Instrument of Government
  • 2 Oct 2014: Stefan Löfven is elected as the new Prime Minister
  • 1 Sep 2014: Amendment of the Parliament Act
  • 29 March 2012: Minister of Defence Sten Tolgfors hands in his resignation
  • 1 July 2011: Amendment of the Parliament Act
  • 1 Jan 2011: Amendment of the Instrument of Government
  • 1 Aug 2010: Amendment of the Parliament Act
  • 14 Sep 2003: The introduction of the Euro is rejected in a referendum.
  • 1 Jan 2003: Amendment of the Fundamental Law on Freedom of Expression
  • 1 Jan 1999: Amendment of the Freedom of the Press Act
  • 1 Jan 1999: Amendment of the Fundamental Law on Freedom of Expression
  • 1 Jan 1992: Amendment of the Fundamental Law on Freedom of Expression
  • 1 Jan 1980: Amendment of the Instrument of Government
  • 1 Jan 1977: Amendment of the Instrument of Government
  • 1 Jan 1978: Amendment of the Freedom of the Press Act
  • 1905: Norway is separted from Sweden.

For methodology see: Comparing Constitutions and International Constitutional Law.
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