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This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to anti-corruption regulation in Sweden published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: December 2021).
Authors: NORDIA LAW—Carl-Johan Allansson; Hans Strandberg; Olle Kullinger
Sweden is party to several international anti-corruption conventions; the United Nations Convention against Corruption (ratified in 2007), the Council of Europe Civil Law Convention on Corruption (ratified in 2004), the Council of Europe Criminal Law Convention on Corruption (ratified in 2004) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions (ratified in 1999).
The provisions prohibiting bribery of foreign and domestic officials are to be found in the Swedish Penal Code (1962:700) (the Penal Code). The legislation forbids active and passive bribery in relation to anyone who is employed or who holds an assignment. No distinction is made between private and public officials, although passive bribery (bribe taking) and active bribery (bribery) are separated as two different offences.
As supplement to the Penal Code, the Swedish Anti-Corruption Institute, founded in 1923, has published the Code on Gifts, Rewards and other Benefits
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