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Under Chapter 1, with the heading “Basic principles of the form of government,” of the Instrument of Government (part of the Swedish Constitution), Article 9 provides the following: Courts of law, administrative authorities and others performing tasks within the public administration shall have regard in their work to the equality of all before the law and shall observe objectivity and impartiality. The Instrument of Government (SFS nr: 1974:152) contains the basic principles of Swedens form of government: how the Government in Sweden has to work, the fundamental freedoms and rights of the Swedish people and how elections to the Riksdag (Swedish parliament) are to be implemented. The adoption in 1974 of the Instrument of Government currently in force, including the provisions related to public administration, meant a considerable reduction in the powers of the monarchy.

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