Now it will be free to look for Swedish family


Unlike Norway, Sweden has not had free access to genealogical sources online. The Swedish National Archives has required that users have paid over 1000 million per year to access the material online. Now, however, the Swedish government granted the National Archives commissioned to hurry assess conditions for free and open resource information.

The National Archives has been given until 15. May 2017 to finalize an impact assessment. How fast the material is then released from the subscription fee is currently unclear.

If this becomes a reality, it will have serious consequences for Archive Digital, which is a commercial company that provides scanned Swedish family history material online.

For Norwegian sleksforskere their part we can only hope that the material will also be open to those located outside of Sweden. In Norway we do not block from the Digital Archives, but the National Library Bokhylla For example, not available to users outside of Norway.

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