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On this Day in 1523: Gustav Vasa Elected King – Happy 500, Sweden!

Posted by: Elin Hofverberg

    Today, June 6, Sweden celebrates 500 years as an independent nation. On June 6, 1523, Gustav Eriksson Vasa was elected king of Sweden at the assembly (riksmötet) in Strängsnäs, officially uniting Sweden under one king and ending forever the Kalmar Union that tied Denmark, Norway, and Sweden (including Finland) together under one monarch. …

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Ålandic Regional Citizenship or the Right of Ålandic Domicile

Posted by: Elin Hofverberg

Today, June 9th, marks the Åland National Day, självstyrelsedagen, celebrated in honor of the law that made it independent in 1921: the Autonomy Act of 1920. Today, celebrations of this event includes eating Ålandic pancake (Ålandspannkaka). Åland is made up of more than 6,700 islands that form an archipelago in the Baltic Sea between Sweden …

Join Us for a Foreign and Comparative Law Webinar: “Green Energy in the Arctic: Regulatory Opportunities and Challenges in the Nordic Countries”

Posted by: Elin Hofverberg

On March 10, 2022, at 2pm EST, Foreign Law Specialist Elin Hofverberg will present our next Foreign and Comparative Law webinar, “Green Energy in the Arctic: Regulatory Opportunities and Challenges in the Nordic Countries.” Please register here. Last year the Law Library published a report on Net Zero Emission Legislation Around the World. The report documents …

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Return of a Sámi Drum

Posted by: Elin Hofverberg

Sunday, February 6, marks the Sámi National Day. The Sámi people are indigenous to Sápmi, an area that spans across northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. The holiday inspired me to write a post about the recent return of a Sámi Drum to Norway. Last month, the Danish government transferred the legal ownership …

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The Stockholm Bloodbath of November 1520

Posted by: Elin Hofverberg

This week, 501 years ago, between November 7 and 10, 1520, about one hundred people were executed in the town square in Stockholm, Sweden, in what became known as the Stockholm Bloodbath. A few days earlier, on November 4, 1520, King Christian II of Denmark, was crowned king of Sweden in Stockholm Cathedral. He was …

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Lappkodicillen of 1751 – the Sami Magna Carta

Posted by: Elin Hofverberg

This year marks the 270th anniversary of the Lapp Codicil of 1751 (Lappkodicillen), a document equally relevant to Sami cross-border relations in Sweden and Norway today as it was in 1751. On September 21, 1751, the Strömstad Treaty between Norway (Denmark) and Sweden (including Finland) was signed. Norway was then a part of Denmark and in an addendum …