Compensation to certain people with changed gender identity

Published: 21 March 2018 at 14.31

People who applied to change their gender identity during the period when it was required that they should not have the ability to reproduce are to receive compensation from the state under certain conditions. This will apply to those who applied to change their gender identity from 1 July 1972 until 30 June 2013 and whose applications were granted. The requirement that people wishing to change their gender identity should not have the ability to reproduce was withdrawn on 1 July 2013.

The compensation is SEK 225,000 per person. Applications for compensation shall be made in writing by the person in question and submitted to the Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency for consideration. Applications must have been received by 1 May 2020.

Amendments are also to be made to the Public Access to Information and Secrecy Act. In applications for compensation, all data on the applicants' health and any other personal circumstances connected to the applicants shall be subject to secrecy. Such data can only be disclosed if it is manifestly evident that the individual in question or a person closely related to him or her will not suffer harm. The period of secrecy applies for a maximum of 70 years.

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal. The new regulations will come into force on 1 May 2018.