Frequently asked questions

What do the Parliamentary Ombudsmen do?
The task of the Ombudsmen is to make sure that government and local government agencies and the courts follow Swedish law. They do so by working with complaints that ordinary people send to them. The Ombudsmen also visit different courts and public agencies to check how they work. The Ombudsmen can also decide themselves to take up an issue that seems worth investigating. One of them may have come across something in a newspaper article or television programme that they feel is worth looking into.
Who are the Parliamentary Ombudsmen – JO?
JO is the abbreviation for Justitieombudsman (Ombudsman of Justice). The Riksdag (the Swedish Parliament) elects the Ombudsmen of Justice. Officially these Ombudsmen are therefore called the Parliamentary Ombudsmen. Also the institution itself is called The Parliamentary Ombudsmen or JO. Sweden's constitution has included regulations about the ombudsman since 1809. The Swedish government is not allowed to interfere with the work of the ombudsmen.
Updated 5/7/2014