Legislation and justice


The Riksdag (Parliament) is Sweden's legislative assembly. A majority of the Parliaments decisions are based on proposals for new laws or amendments to existing laws presented by the Government. The proposals are prepared by the ministry responsible for the area of activity to which the item of legislation belongs.

The judicial system

The judicial system usually refers to the authorities and agencies responsible for the rule of law and legal safety. The courts are the backbone of the judicial system, which also comprises authorities responsible for crime prevention and investigations, that is to say the police, the regional public prosecution offices and the Swedish National Economic Crimes Bureau, the National Board of Forensic Medicine and the Prison and Probation Service. Other authorities, such as for example the enforcement service, may have tasks connected with the judicial system.

European e-Justice Portal

The European e-Justice Portal makes it easier to find information about legal issues and to work on legal matters.

International judicial cooperation

Tasks undertaken by the Ministry of Justice in connection with international judicial cooperation include reception, scrutiny and forwarding of requests to and from Sweden. This function is designated the Central Authority. The Central Authority also provides information about the contents of Swedish and foreign law.

Combating terrorism

Terrorism has become a major international problem. It is one of the most serious threats to democracy, the free exercise of human rights, and to economic and social development. Since terrorism is an international phenomenon, fighting it is a cross-border challenge where joint solutions are necessary to achieve success.

Criminal matters

The Government acts as sole judicial authority pronouncing decisions in about 1 500 criminal matters every year.

The European e-Justice Portal is conceived as a future electronic one-stop-shop in the area of justice.