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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 …

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The History of the Elimination of Leaded Gasoline

Posted by: Elin Hofverberg

The following is a guest post by Sayuri Umeda, a foreign law specialist who covers Japan and other countries in East and Southeast Asia. Sayuri has previously authored numerous post for In Custodia Legis, including Tradition vs Efficiency: ‘Hanko’ Affects Workplace Efficiency and Telework in Japan; Food Delivery in Japan – History and Current Regulation; New Era, New Law Number; Holy …

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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On this Day: The Danish Queen Margarethe II – 50 Years as Head of State

Posted by: Elin Hofverberg

Today, January 14, 2022, the Danish Queen Margarethe II (Margrethe Alexandrine Þorhildur Ingrid) celebrates 50 years on the Danish throne. However, she was not born the heir apparent to the throne, but became Crown Princess of Denmark at the age of 13 when the Danish Parliament adopted an act of succession (Tronfølgelov) that allowed daughters to …

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FALQs: The Role of Members of the Swedish Parliament without Party Affiliations

Posted by: Elin Hofverberg

This blog post is part of our Frequently Asked Legal Questions series. On November 29, 2021, the Swedish Parliament (Riksdag) elected its first female prime minister, Magdalena Andersson, for a second time. The first time was on November 23, 2021, on what was dubbed “Super Wednesday” (superonsdagen) in the Swedish press, when the newly elected PM stepped …

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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 …