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115 Years of Legal Education in Iceland

One hundred and fifteen years ago today, on March 4, 1904, the Danish King Christian IX (the “parent-in-law of Europe”) signed a law to establish an Icelandic Law School in Reykjavik. The law was signed after Iceland gained home rule in 1904 and before it gained its independence in 1944 and can be seen as […]

Raoul Wallenberg – Swedish-American Collaboration in Protection of Hungarian Jews

This upcoming Sunday, January 25, 2019, marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a day to commemorate the memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Right here in Washington DC, the Holocaust museum is located at 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW. In fact, there are a number of Raoul Wallenberg plazas, memorials, streets, and esplanades, around the […]

On the Shelf – Finnish Forest and Forestry Laws

Today, December 6, marks Independence Day in Finland. Although Finland is known as “the land of a thousand lakes,” it is also the most heavily-forested country in Europe. Around 72% of Finland’s land area is covered by forests, whereas 10% of the country is covered by lakes. With 60% of Finnish forests being classified as privately-owned forests, it […]

Centennial of the Danish – Icelandic Union Act of 1918

Tomorrow, November 30, 2018, marks the centennial of the signing of the Danish-Icelandic Forbundslov (Danish-Icelandic Union Act), which entered into force the following day on December 1, 1918. Iceland—originally a Norwegian province—had been a part of Denmark ever since Norway became a part of Denmark in the 14th century under Queen Margaret I. It remained part of Denmark […]

The Making of a Legal Cinnamon Bun

Today, October 4, marks Cinnamon Bun Day (Kanelbullensdag) in Sweden. Despite being celebrated as a must-have in the Swedish fika culture, the cinnamon bun pastry did not become commonplace until the 1920s (after World War I), when its ingredients (flour, butter, sugar, yeast, and cinnamon) went from being on a list of rationed goods (ransoneringslista) […]

FALQs: Svenska akademien – The Swedish Academy

Svenska Akademien (the Swedish Academy) which was previously relatively unknown to most people, recently received heightened media attention because of internal disputes. The disputes involved allegations of sexual harassment against the husband of an Academy member, as well as allegations of financial impropriety (or at least violation of conflict of interest rules) by the same member […]

FALQs: The Swedish Budget Process

Introduction Yesterday, April 16, the Swedish finance minister supplied the Swedish Parliament with a 2019 budget proposal, known as the spring fiscal bill. The delivery of the spring fiscal bill to the Parliament marks the beginning of the 2019 budget process, culminating in a budget to be adopted in the fall of 2018. In addition to […]

60 Years of Lego Building Blocks and Danish Patent Law

The following is a guest post by Elin Hofverberg, who covers Scandinavian jurisdictions at the Law Library of Congress. Elin’s previous posts include Finland: 100 Years of Independence – Global Legal Collection Highlights, Alfred Nobel’s Will: A Legal Document that Might Have Changed the World and a Man’s Legacy, Swedish Detention Order Regarding Julian Assange, The Masquerade King and […]

Finland: 100 Years of Independence – Global Legal Collection Highlights

Just over 100 years ago, on December 6, 1917, Finland officially declared independence from Russia. The Declaration of Independence had been signed on December 4 by the Senate (then Finland’s highest governing body) and was adopted by the Finnish Parliament two days later. Work towards independence had commenced in March 1917 following the abdication of the Russian tsar. In […]