Monitoring and promotion
Democracy indicators are used for monitoring the state and development of Finnish democracy. The Ministry of Justice has provided funding for the collection of data that the democracy indicators are based on, carried out in connection with parliamentary elections. The Ministry has also funded indicator-related reporting. The Finnish Social Science Data Archive is responsible for maintaining and developing the indicators, which are published in the Finnish Election Study Portal.
The Democracy Award is an award of EUR 10,000 granted by the Ministry of Justice to democracy-promoting actors. The award is handed out roughly every other year. The purpose of the Democracy Award is to thank civil society actors, raise awareness of civil society and find good practices for supporting active citizenship.
In 2018, the Ministry of Justice handed out the Democracy Award on the National Democracy Day, 9 October, together with the Ministry of Education and Culture, the State Youth Council, the Finnish National Agency for Education, the Human Rights Centre and the Association for Teachers of History and Social Studies in Finland (HYOL ry). The theme of the award was democracy and human rights education.
Democracy Award 2018: rules and criteria (available only in Finnish)
Past themes of the Democracy Award
2018: Democracy and human rights education
2014: Promotion of local democracy
2012: Strengthening the participation opportunities of children and young people
2011: Voluntary and civic activities
Niklas Wilhelmsson, Unit Manager
Ministry of Justice, Department for Democracy and Public Law, Democracy and Elections civic activity participatory rights democracy policy civic society Telephone:0295150348