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New credit legislation - How you will be impacted

New legislation has been adopted by the Swedish Parliament stating that if both credit and debit payment options are offered by a merchant, the debit option(s) must be presented before the credit option(s) in the checkout. This law takes effect 1 July 2020.

Here’s what you need to know if you have the following payment & checkout options:

Klarna Checkout (KCO): No action required.

Klarna will take care of all the logic to ensure debit payment options are shown first.

Klarna Payments (KP) with no debit options: No action required.

You are only required to make sure a debit option is placed as the first option if you offer it as a payment method.

Klarna Payment (KP) with debit options: Action required.

As a merchant, you are in control of the order in which payment methods are organized inside your checkout and will need to take steps to comply with the new law.

Continue reading for more details on how KCO will be presented, and what actions we recommend if you have KP with debit options.

What the new law means

New legislation (Regeringens proposition) adopted by the Swedish Parliament will take effect on 1 July 2020, and will only be applicable to Sweden. The law sets requirements on the presentation of payment methods in online checkouts, enforcing debit payment options to be displayed before any credit payment options, if both are available.

Obligations in the new regulation apply to any parties who present or process payment methods. This includes: merchants, partners, and Payment Service Providers (PSP) like banks. To navigate the new changes, we’ve published guidelines, to help our merchants and partners to ensure compliance with the legal requirements.

How checkout payment methods must be organized/displayed if you offer debit payment options as of 1 July, 2020How checkout payment methods must be organized/displayed if you offer debit payment options as of 1 July, 2020

How checkout payment methods must be organized if you do not offer a debit option as of 1 July, 2020How checkout payment methods must be organized if you do not offer a debit option as of 1 July, 2020

What does this mean for me as a merchant?

The impact for you as a merchant will depend on what payment methods you offer and what checkout solution you use. The new legislation does not require merchants to provide debit payment methods, but does regulate how to present them in an online checkout if you do.

Below is an overview of Klarna payment methods, and how each categorizes in terms of credit or debit options.

Category Klarna Payment method Credit or debit? Can be presented first if other debit options exist?
Pay now Direct debit Debit Yes
Pay now Bank transfer Debit Yes
Pay now Card Credit No
Pay later 14-day invoice Credit No
Pay later Monthly invoice Credit No
Financing Klarna account Credit No
Financing Pay monthly over X months Credit No

What do I need to do to be prepared?

Merchants with Klarna Checkout (KCO v2 & v3)

No action needed. Klarna will update the current KCO solution for the Swedish market to make sure that the new legal requirements are followed. You will notice that debit payment methods such as Direct Debit, (when available), will be presented as the first option in your checkout.

Merchants with Klarna Payments (KP)

If you offer Klarna Payments in your checkout, Klarna cannot control the order or logic in which the payment methods are presented. Therefore, as a merchant you are solely responsible to ensure your checkout is compliant and lawful according to the new legislation before it enters into force (1 July 2020).

If you have Klarna Payments (KP) and multiple Klarna payment methods within the same widget then we will manage the logic of sorting these. If a debit payment option exists then that will be displayed first. Credit payment methods that include interest rate will always be displayed as the last option if others exist. If the multiple Klarna payment methods are placed in different widgets then we cannot control in what order they will be sorted.

Klarna will discontinue support of Klarna Payment Methods (KPM) as of September 2020. Action recommended.

Klarna will no longer be supporting KPM as of September 2020. For automatic updates (including legal compliance), we recommend all merchants move to Klarna Checkout (KCO) or Klarna Payments (KP). With KCO, Klarna will handle the sorting of payment methods for you. To migrate to KCO, you can use the self service flow that is available in the merchants portal (link). Please reach out to your Klarna account manager to get more information about pricing and how to transfer to Klarna Checkout or Klarna Payments.

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