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Inadequate accessibility a new form of discrimination in Sweden

January 20th 2015

Since 1 January 2015 inadequate accessibility is included in the Swedish Discrimination Act as a new form of discrimination. The aim is to contribute to increased accessibility in society as to ensure the equal participation of persons with disabilities.


The prohibition with regards to inadequate accessibility applies in situations where a person with disability is disadvantaged when for example an employer, education provider, company or supplier fails to take accessibility measures so as to ensure the person will be provided equal conditions as compared to persons without disability. The measures should be reasonable under accessibility requirements in laws or other statutes. The financial and practical conditions, the duration and extent of the relationship or the contact between the entity and the individual, and other circumstances of importance should also be taken into account.
The prohibition of discrimination through inadequate accessibility will apply to the following areas of society: working life, education, labour market policy activities and employment services not under public contract, starting or running a business, professional recognition, membership of certain organisations, goods and services, public meetings, public events, health and medical care, social services, social insurance, unemployment insurance, state financial aid for studies, national military and civilian service, and public employment.
In the context of employment, the prohibition will not apply to job seekers. The supply of housing will also be exempt from the prohibition. With regard to the supply of goods and services, the prohibition will not apply to private individuals or businesses that employ fewer than 10 people. With regard to the supply of goods and services, the prohibition will not apply if it requires measures concerning properties and construction work that extend beyond the requirements provided for in the building permit.
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Sweden’s The Equality Ombudsman works to promote equal rights and opportunities and combat discrimination regardless of sex, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation or age.