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Press release from Ministry of Justice

An up-to-date English translation of the Swedish Criminal Code


A complete and modern translation of the Swedish Criminal Code is now available. The text will be updated continuously.

The previous translation dates from 1999, and does not include any amendments made to the Code since then. The new translation will be kept up to date, as amendments will be translated and included in the English version as they are published in Swedish in the Swedish Code of Statutes. The language used in the new translation is modern and gender-neutral. The Swedish and English texts are presented alongside each other, section by section in the same document, to enable comparative reading. The availability of an English translation of the Swedish Criminal Code will facilitate judicial cooperation in the EU and internationally, for example when requesting international judicial assistance. The translation can also help spread knowledge and increase understanding of the Swedish criminal justice system.

“The translation is now ready, and we are very pleased with the final product. As I understand it, there is considerable demand for an English translation of the Swedish Criminal Code, and we hope that the new translation will meet this need,” says Minister for Justice and Migration Morgan Johansson.

Press contact

Sofie Rudh
Press Secretary to the Minister for Justice and Home Affairs Morgan Johansson and Press Coordinator, Ministry of Justice
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