Access to Information in the Nordic Countries: A Comparison of the Laws of Sweden, Finland,Denmark, Norway, Iceland & International Rules



By: Oluf Jorgensen
February 2015
Distributed by Coronet Books
ISBN: 9789186523992
40 Pages
$39.50 Paper original


Principles of freedom of information require authorities and other public agencies to provide access to authentic documents and data. The demand for authenticity is the raison d'etre of the right-of-access principle.

This book Access to Information in the Nordic Countries explains and compares the legal rules of determining public access to documents and data in Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland. In addition, international rules emanating from the United Nations, the Council of Europe and the European Union are elucidated.

Free access to public records is crucial to democratic control and participation. Rules of law and legal practice concerning access and secrecy are of far-reaching significance to all sectors of society and to the relationship between citizens and the state.

Access to Information in the Nordic Countries demonstrates that, in the five Nordic countries, right-of-access rules are very different and show no consistent pattersn. A country with the best conditions in some areas may have poor conditions in others.