Dahlin works for an organization in China that provides legal assistance for human rights activists. He was accused of forming an unlicensed group in China that "fabricated and distorted" information about the country, and was featured on Chinese state television making a confessional statement. The organization he works for has rejected the accusation, reports Swedish Radio News.
Foreign Minister Margot Wallström said in a written statement that she had received information today from the Chinese authorities that Dahlin had been released.
"This has happened after close contact between the Swedish foreign ministry and Chinese representatives," she wrote, adding that at the same time, she remains concerned about the detained Swedish citizen Gui Minhai, and that the ministry's efforts to gain clarity around his situation, continue unabated.
Minhai was arrested independently of Dahlin and is still being held in jail.