In principle, all individuals - whether citizens of Sweden or of another country - have the right to read official documents held by public authorities in Sweden. This is regulated by the Principle of Public Access.
The principle of public access manifests itself in various ways:
- everyone is allowed to read public documents held by public authorities (public access to official documents)
- civil servants and others who work in the central government sector or for local authorities have the right to tell outsiders what they know (freedom of expression for civil servants and others)
- civil servants also enjoy special freedoms to provide information to the mass media (freedom to publish for civil servants and others)
- court proceedings are open to the public, as are meetings of legislative assemblies.