There has been a Notary Public service in northern Europe since the mid-1200s. A tariff for Notary Public attestations and protests was fixed in 1661, but the function had already been mentioned previously in legislation. A charter concerning the activities of Notaries Public was granted by King Oscar II in 1882. At that time, the main emphasis was on protests of bills of exchange. Changes have been made since then and new statutes and ordinances issued. The most recent act was passed in 1981.
Else-Marie Grönstedt, Attorney, has had appointments as a Notary Public since the 1980s. She was a permanent Notary Public (ordinarie notarius publicus) in Stockholm during the period 1999 to 2022. She was also an assistant Notary Public (biträdande notarius publicus) for a number of years prior to that. We thus have very extensive experience of processing Notary Public matters.
During the latter part of the 1900s, appointments as a Notary Public were in practice inherited. Before you could be appointed as a Notary Public, you had to have been an assistant Notary Public for a permanent Notary Public.
In this way, those who were appointed as a Notary Public had already received training, which ensured that the necessary expertise for the position and experience within the field was perpetuated. This resulted in significantly fewer Notaries Public being appointed than is the case today.
There were originally four Notary Public offices in Stockholm. We are one of the offices that has been around the longest and we have learnt how to be a Notary Public from the ground up.
Rickard Grönstedt (Attorney) and Fredrik Grönstedt (LLM) are now permanent Notaries Public after having held appointments as assistant Notaries Public for many years.