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The national board of health opens the door for a third sex

the Authorities should jointly review the definition of gender, and the binary gender division, in the statistics. It's like the national Board of health, which recently raised the issue to the SCB.

– For that official statistics should be relevant for society, it is important that users of these statistics can recognize themselves in it, " says Lars Grönvik, head of unit at the Swedish national Board of health, to the News agency Siren.

SVT he says that you want to raise the issue of how statistics can become more inclusive.

– The most important thing is to get a discussion about what we can do for the statistics to be relevant. We can do nothing without legislative changes? Or should we work together, there will be a change?

today, there are officially two legal gender in Sweden and the second last digit in the personal identity number reveals whether you are a man or a woman, odd for men and even for women. It means that the official statistics can be broken down into ”man” and ”woman”.

the responsibility for official statistics in Sweden. The question was lifted by the national Board in connection with statistics SWEDEN, the proposed updated guidelines in the application statistikförordningen shall be applied to applicable individual-based statistics.

such A change in the statikhanteringen would, according to Sirén require legislative changes and the introduction of a new legal gender. But there are already occasions when the authorities may use a third könsalternativ. According to Lars Grönvik mention the regulation namely not the notions of man and woman, writes Sirén.

Now awaiting the Board of health a summary of the consultation responses.

legal gender and gender-neutral personal identity has been contentious since the first motion on the matter was submitted to the parliament. And according to the Echo rundringning from January last year, then stood, a majority of the parliamentary parties behind the proposal. Only the Christian democrats and the moderate party, who were adverse to the proposal. The sweden democrats wanted to investigate if the legal sex to be replaced with biological sex.

But Sweden is not the first to consider a third legal gender. Examples are Denmark, New Zealand and Australia, which already fully or partially introduced the possibility. In India, the third sex Hirja been legal since 2014.

In some places in the united states is already the possibility of a third gender. In January, reported, inter alia, the Aftonbladet newspaper that the man can now change their gender to ”X” in the u.s. state of New York City.

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