Nordic digital statute information search

A common Nordic electronic information search on statutes will be created for the Nordic countries to make citizens’ life easier as they move, travel and relocate or work in the Nordic Region.

The digital statute information search is part of the key project of Finland’s Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers: “Towards the most smoothly functioning everyday life and mobility between the countries through digitalisation.” In addition to the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, and the Digital and Population Data Services Agency are involved in the project.

The project on cross-border everyday life will include, in the service entity concerning life events, a trial search interface covering the legislation materials of various Nordic countries, which would enable access to information about legislation and official procedures related to life events. The project of the Ministry of Finance involves two life events – studying in another Nordic country, and the use of health care services in another Nordic country and in the Baltic countries. The statute information entity related to life events covers, for example in relation to studies, information about support services associated with studies.

The situational picture for the project will be surveyed during spring 2021 and after that, more detailed further measures will be prepared in autumn 2021. The situational picture survey will investigate the current situation of statute information search in the Nordic and Baltic countries (including the administration of statute databases, technical implementation, structure of statute materials, metadata and search interfaces). The common search interface of the statute interfaces of the Nordic and Baltic countries will be implemented for a couple of countries in 2021–2022 as a trial project, targeted at selected life events.

Finland to promote digitalisation during its 2021 Presidency of Nordic Council of Ministers.

Further information about the project: Aki Hietanen, Head of Development, Ministry of Justice, tel. +358 2951 50510, email: [email protected]