Western Europe

Sweden to allow sex change from 12 years old

17:53, 10 November 2021
Sweden to allow sex change from 12 years old Photo: Mateusz Slodkowski/ZUMAPRESS.com

Sweden will allow people to change their gender from 12 years old, the Swedish broadcaster SVT reported.

The Swedish Ministry of Public Affairs has prepared and submitted for discussion two bills that make it easier to change sex. 

"It's important for the individual to be able to live in the gender and the identity you have. When talking about changing gender identity in the population register, it deserves to be different from having an intervention on one's genitals", Social Affairs Minister Lena Hallengren of the Social Democratic Party told SVT.

According to the plan, the surgery will remain available for only 18 years. The previous draft of the law, which proposed lowering the minimum age for consent to surgery to 15 years, was heavily criticized. 

The current version leaves 18 years of age as the lower threshold but allows a person to obtain approval for such surgery from the local medical institutions, without getting permission from federal departments, while the possibility of changing gender might be approved from the age of 12.

Sweden is considered the most LGBTQ liberal country in the world, with polls consistently indicating over 90% of the population supporting LGBT rights and same-sex marriage.