Sweden and its freedom of information
Since 1776, the Kingdom of Sweden has the principle of public access to official records. This means that all documents - except those under secrecy - going into or out of the local, regional and central governmental organisations are public. Everybody in Sweden has the right to read them and act upon them.
There are two important reasons for this principle of freedom of information:
- to fight corruption and abuse;
- to enable citizens to participate in the democratic process at an early stage.
|Sweden and its freedom of information||1|
|evoice and LEX: automated document management||1|
|evoice: the multi media dialogue approach||2|
|evoice and the City of Harelbeke (B)||2|
|Electronic Democracy: achievements and challenges||3|
|evoice: international European partnership||3|
|eParticipation and the one million euro question||4|
evoice: contact information
|evoice: m-tool library||5|
|evoice: targets and aims||6|
|Mobile phones for youngsters: an update||6||
evoice and LEX: automated document management
To handle the freedom of information for its citizens in an efficient, effective and automated way, the Municipality of Uddevalla - as the first public authority in Sweden - started in June 2007 with the implementation of LEX - an automated document management system for public administrations. LEX provides citizens with information, it supports e-services and (political) decision making 24/7.
the river Bäve at Uddevalla (S)
Nowadays more and more people want to communicate with their authorities in a digital way. They expect the information and services to be available whenever they need them.
- citizens are enabled to follow the progress in the transaction of their applications for e.g. permits, or complaints, from day to day via the internet;
- politicians receive their information digitally at an earlier stage and are therefore better prepared when making their decisions.