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New Swedish Law Confiscates SEK 70 Million From Criminal Assets

New Law Reaps SEK 70 Million from Criminals

With already one year since the implementation of the new remote enforcement law, the Crown Enforcement Officer – also known as ‘Kronofogden,’ has successfully confiscated criminals’ luxury goods and cash amounting to SEK 70 million. A seemingly fresh wave of justice and enforcement for expats in Sweden to cheer, as it shows both the efficiency and efficacy of the law.

New Policy Aims to Hurt Criminal Pockets

The remote enforcement law, established on the first of August, 2022, simplifies the process of seizing criminals’ assets. It empowers Kronofogden and the police to confiscate properties of debt-ridden people even when they are not physically present. For instance, during routine stops by the police, if a person is found to owe debts to Kronofogden, the police can seek immediate approval from Kronofogden to seize the assets on the spot.

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Such assets can include designer clothes, gold jewelry, luxury watches, high-end cars, and cash. This kind of immediate and harsh enforcement gear towards deterring organized crime, a plight that has been concerning expats.

Switching from Criminal Luxury to Public Auction

These unjust luxuries are then disposed of through public auctions by Bailiff. Interestingly, the updated law assesses remotely confiscated goods and assets at a whopping SEK 70 million, which is ten times more than before the revision, with a significant portion of this sum accumulated from the metropolitan areas of Stockholm, South, and West regions.

Not Just About Money, But About Safety and Deterrence

Johannes Paulson, the National Coordinator Against Crime, praises the benefits beyond monetary gains from the law. It prevents assets from being used to facilitate new crimes, adds pressuring societal stigma on criminals, and promotes various government-sponsored exit programs aiming to help these individuals find better, lawful paths.

With organized crime being a common concern among expats, laws like these definitely add a sense of safety and justice to the Swedish scene. Paulson’s statement that “It must be hard to be a criminal and help is available” resonates with the expats’ calls for an environment where crime doesn’t pay, and help is accessible to transform lives.


This new law reflects tangible progress towards a safer, crime-free Sweden. Its implementation and success are not only bringing money back into the economy, they are indicating a clear move against organized crime and ensuring safer environments for locals and expatriates alike.

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