In 2010, the Riksdag opened up its databases, making them freely available to anyone who wishes to use them. The open data system is an important tool for providing access to the work of the Riksdag and its decisions.
According to the Swedish principle of public access to official documents, all citizens have the right to access official documents. The principle of public access to official documents has been constitutionally regulated since the 18th century.
In the PSI Directive, the EU has decided that it should be easier for both private people and companies to use public information for both commercial and non-commercial purposes. PSI stands for "public sector information". In Sweden, the PSI Directive is implemented through the Act (2010:566) on the Re-use of Public Administration Documents, which the Riksdag decided on in 2010. The Act limits such things as the conditions an authority or agency may impose on people and companies who wish to re-use information provided by the authority or agency.
May be used freely
With the help of the Riksdag's open data, developers, journalists, researchers and other interested parties can build up their own applications and services and produce statistics based on the Riksdag data bases. Open data may be used free of charge and without needing licences.
The Riksdag's open data consists of approx. 300,000 documents and status information going back as far as 1971. This includes lists and pages containing:
- calendar informationplanning of the work of the Chamber (lists of speakers, order papers)
- documents (committee reports, private members' motions, laws)
- information about members
- results of votes
- members' speeches in the Chamber
APIs, data sets and reports
The Riksdag's open data consists of an API, data sets and reports The API (Application Programming Interface), a set of rules governing how the Riksdag's software can communicate with other software, can be used to develop services and applications. Data sets are collections of structures data that users can download and process further, for example to produce statistics. With the help of the reports it is possible to compare how the various parties have voted on various issues.
Further development of open data
The Riksdag's open data is continuously developed. Do you have any questions, points of view or suggestions as to how the Riksdag open data can be even better? Feel free to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Responsible for the website
Anders Hagkvist, Head of Communications
Telephone: 020 - 349 000 (national calls)