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'Outlaw forced marriages in Sweden'
by David Landes
Nearly 70,000 young Swedes feel they aren't able to freely choose whom they want to marry, according to a new study, leading the report's authors to propose Sweden outlaw forced arranged marriages altogether.
"To be able to marry whoever you want to is actually an important human right. For a large group of young people, that isn't an absolute certainty," said Per Nilsson, head of the Swedish National Board for Youth Affairs (Ungdomsstyrelsen), in a statement.
The study, entitled Gift mot sin vilja ('Married against their will'), was carried out by the youth board at the request of the government as part of a broader effort to highlight "honour-related violence and oppression" in Sweden and was handed over to integration minister Nyamko Sabuni on Monday.
It revealed that around 5 percent of young people in Sweden between the ages of 16- and 25-years-old, or about 70,000 young people, don't feel they have the ability to choose with whom they want to get married.
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