The Equality Ombudsman

The Equality Ombudsman – and independent government agency - was formed on 1 January 2009 when four previously existing anti-discrimination ombudsmen were merged into a new body. The Ombudsman was established by an Act of Parliament (Discrimination Act (2008:567)).

The Equality Ombudsman

As set out in the Act (2008:568) concerning the Equality Ombudsman, the Ombudsman shall

  • Supervise compliance with the Discrimination Act. To this end, the Ombudsman may, inter alia, receive and consider complaints from individuals asserting that they have been the victims of discrimination. Following such an investigation the Equality Ombudsman may bring a legal action for damages on behalf of the individual concerned.
  • Work to ensure that discrimination associated with sex, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation or age does not occur in any areas of the life of Swedish Society.
  • Work in other respects to promote equal rights and opportunities regardless of sex, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation or age.
    More specifically, the statutory responsibilities of the Equality Ombudsman include the provision of advice and other support so as to help enable anyone who has been subjected to discrimination to claim their rights.
    Within its sphere of competence, the Equality Ombudsman shall further
  • Inform, educate, discuss and have other contacts with government agencies, enterprises, individuals and organizations.
  • Follow international developments and have contacts with international organizations.
  • Follow research and development work.
  • Propose legislative amendments and other anti-discrimination measures to the Government.
  • Initiate other appropriate measures.