"An equitable freedom of writing and printing is one of the firmest pillars on which a free government may rest; for otherwise ... within a few years a horrific darkness will settle over the entire firmament of our liberty."

Anders Chydenius foundation

As globalization faces challenges from various directions, the mission of the Anders Chydenius Foundation to promote discussion on the liberalization of the economy and its consequences is highly topical. If we want to maintain citizens’ strong support for an open economy, it is essential to emphasize our shared values. Chydenius’ principle of transparency is also of great importance today, reminding us of every citizen’s right to know about the exercise of public power – and of the right to express our opinion in public debate. We invite everyone to discuss the meaning of these rights today.

Björn Vikström
Chair of the Board of Anders Chydenius Foundation

Anders Chydenius
Selected Works

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Anders Chydenius

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Selected Works

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The Chydenius Medal to journalist Anna-Lena Laurén for her unwavering work as an information disseminator

Journalist Anna-Lena Laurén is awarded the Anders Chydenius Medal 2023 for her courageous, unwavering and tireless work in which she has built bridges for a reliable flow of information between Russia and the Nordic countries.

1 December 2023

Nordic Democracy Day – Digitalization and Democracy

On Friday 2 December at 13.00-16.00, you are invited to the Nordic Democracy Day to discuss the topic of "Digitalization and Democracy".

20 October 2022

Chydenius Medal for the Nordic Democracy Network EDMO NORDIS defending democracy

- Today on the 2nd of December, we are celebrating the 255th anniversary of the Nordic principle of publicity, since the Freedom of the Press Act introduced by Anders Chydenius entered into force on 2 December 1766. In connection of Freedom of Information seminars, the Chydenius Medal has often been awarded ‘in recognition of internationally significant work for the principles of transparency in the spirit of Chydenius’, said Björn Vikström, Chairman of the Board of the Anders Chydenius Foundation.

2 December 2021

Democracy Network 21 engaged in launching IDEA’s Global State of Democracy Report 2021

Democracy Network 21 (Demokratinätverk 21) has cooperated with International IDEA in promoting discussion on state of democracy during pandemic. Due to this cooperation, the DN21 was a partner in launching IDEA’s Global State of Democracy Report 2021. The event was co-hosted by the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union.

23 November 2021

Nordic Democracy day

Online | 2.12.2021 13:00 - 15:00

16 November 2021

Thriving Democracy - EU Action and Partnerships to Sustain Democracy

When: Thursday, 18 March 2021 at 14.00-15.30 CET
Where: online Webex platform

9 March 2021