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From law to general advice


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Fundamental laws

Sweden has four fundamental laws.
The fundamental laws are above all other laws.
This means that other laws may not break the fundamental laws.


The Riksdag decides on Sweden's laws.
Ordinances and regulations describe more precisely what the laws state.


The Government decides on ordinances.


Laws and regulations are not always enough but even more detailed rules may be needed.
Regulations are then drafted.
Authorities write regulations.

General advice

General advice says how someone can or should act to follow a rule in the law, ordinance or regulation.
Authorities write general advice.


The EU impacts Swedish rules with EU directives and EU regulations.

EU directives will be implemented in Sweden's legislation.
This means that Sweden's rules must be changed so that the rules follow EU directives.

An EU regulation immediately becomes a part of Swedish legislation.
If Sweden were to have rules which conflict with an EU regulation, then these rules do not apply.

You can read about
Ongoing work on rules

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