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Sweden's first begging ban comes into force

A woman is pictured begging on a snowy Swedish street. Photo: Lars Pehrson/SvD/TT

Published: 17.Dec.2018 11:26 hrs

The top administrative court in Sweden has given the go-ahead to a begging ban in a town in Skåne, the first to introduce such a regulation.

The municipal board (kommunstyrelse) in Vellinge first voted in favour of the ban in August 2017, but that decision was later overturned, first by a county administrative board and later the administrative court of appeal. These earlier decisions were made on the grounds that the council had failed to show that people collecting money caused public disturbance.

But the new decision from Sweden's Supreme Administrative Court means the ban is valid, and came into effect from Monday, the local mayor said.

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