‘Child pornography’ means documented sexual abuse of children. This may involve films, photographs, drawings, photomontages, etc. Basically all handling of child pornography material is prohibited in Sweden. Statutory provisions can be found in Chapter 16, Section 10 of the Swedish Penal Code.
Chapter 16, Section 10a of the Swedish Penal Code
A person who
1. portrays a child in a pornographic picture,
2. disseminates, transfers, makes available, exhibits or in any other way makes such a picture of a child available to some other person,
3. acquires or offers such a picture of a child,
4. arranges contact between buyers and sellers of such pictures of a child or implements another similar measure aimed to facilitate trade in such pictures, or
5. possesses such a picture of a child or views such a picture that he or she has gained access to, shall be sentenced for child pornography crime to imprisonment for at most two years.
If the offence referred to in the first paragraph is minor, the person shall be sentenced to a fine or to imprisonment for at most six months.
A ‘child’ means a person whose pubertal development is not complete or who, when it is apparent from the picture and the circumstances surrounding it, is under eighteen years of age.
A person who in the course of business or otherwise for the purpose of gain carelessly disseminates a picture of the kind described in the first paragraph, shall be sentenced as prescribed by that paragraph or by the second paragraph.
If the offence referred to in the first paragraph is considered to be grave, a sentence of imprisonment for at least six months and at most six years shall be imposed for a grave child pornography crime. In judging whether the offence is grave, special consideration shall be given to whether it was committed in the course of business or with the purpose of making a gain, constituted a step in criminal activities that was practiced systematically or on a large scale, involved a particularly large number of pictures or involved pictures where children were particularly young, subjected to violence or coercion or exploited in another particularly ruthless way. Act (2010:1357)