New Laws: Police DNA Tests

On January 1st 43 new laws and 90 new ordinances go into effect here in Sweden.

Many will affect household finances. As part of the minority Social Democratic government’s budget agreement with the Green Party, taxes on energy, including electricity and gasoline, are going up. In compensation, income taxes are being reduced, and some social benefits are increasing.

Tobacco taxes will also go up, and shops will no longer be allowed to sell cigarettes in packets of less than 19, in an effort to keep young people from smoking.

The police will be allowed to take more DNA tests from suspects, and demonstrators will be forbidden from wearing masks. The new year also sees the abolition of the Aliens Appeals Board. Instead, rejected asylum seekers and immigrants will be able to appeal to the courts.

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