The Swedish Criminal Code


SFS 1962:700 Brottsbalken


The Swedish Criminal Code (brottsbalken, SFS 1962:700) was adopted in 1962 and entered into force on 1 January 1965. It contains provisions on many of the acts that are criminal offences in Sweden. Provisions on other offences are found in specific acts and laws. The Criminal Code also contains general provisions on all offences, criminal sanctions and the applicability of Swedish law.

The most recent translation of the Criminal Code into English was published in Ds 1999:36. The present translation was originally completed in December 2019 by Amy Oliver, in cooperation with Judge of Appeal Mari-Ann Roos and Ministry of Justice Senior Adviser Mikaela Bexar.

As of 2020, amendments to the Criminal Code will be translated and published (electronically) before the entry into force and as soon as possible after the publication of the amended Swedish legislation. A reference to the act adopting an amendment is found at the end of each amended section.

The Government Offices publishes this translation of the Criminal Code as a service to interested parties but takes no legal responsibility for the translation or for any consequences arising from its use; translations of Swedish legislation have no legal effect.


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