Summary and Report to the Council of Europe: Child Removal Cases in Sweden and the neighbouring Nordic countries

This Report was made by 32 Nordic Law professionals.
Since the beginning of the 20th Century, Sweden and the Nordic countries all have laws which give the social welfare authorities the power to forcibly remove children from the care of their parents - on what appears to be arbitrary grounds - and place them in foster homes, or institutions, among total strangers. From 1920 to the present day, more than 300 000 children in Sweden have been removed from their homes and placed in compulsory foster care.

The statistics for Norway, Finland and Denmark are a little lower.


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