People at a march
A protest against compulsory sterilisation in 2012, outside the Swedish parliament. Credit: ANDERS WIKLUND / TT

Forcibly sterilised trans people to receive compensation

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Until 2013, people who wanted to change their legal gender were forcibly sterilised by the state.

The government has now proposed to offer the roughly 600-700 people affected SEK 225,000 each in compensation. The sum is based on amounts that have been paid to forcibly sterilised groups in the past, adjusted for inflation.

This is a historic decision, a victory in a struggle we have fought for a long time. Sweden is now the first country in the world to give any kind of compensation to transgender people who have been sterilised by the government.

There was, however, no public apology for the former policy.

"The government knows that this cannot be undone, but we want to make it clear that it was wrong to demand sterilisation, and that today, we are strongly distancing ourselves from the former policy," said Annika Strandhäll, Minister for Health and Social Affairs.

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