How to open a bank account in Sweden without personal or coordination number?

Bank Officers in Sweden declines students or new arrivals to open bank account but what they are doing is actually against the law and regulations. If you can prove your identity then you are entitled to have a bank account. Please show these references even print them when you visit bank offices:

This is from Swedish Bankers’ Association where almost all major banks are member and represents 31 banks in Sweden (I listed them below).

Association also explains that: you have entitlement to a bank account:

Entitlement to a bank account…

“In principle, the ability to have access to a bank account covered by the State’s deposit guarantee scheme, and to basic payment services, is open to everyone. This applies regardless of your citizenship and whether or not you have a Swedish personal identity number.”


Italics are done by me: You can also see the fact sheet in 22 languages.


You must always be able to identify yourself.

  1. You can identify yourself with a valid Swedish identification document, such as a passport, a national identity card or a BankID. You can also identify yourself with a Swedish driving licence.

  2. If you do not have Swedish identification documents, you can identify yourself with a valid foreign passport or other photographic identification document that shows your citizenship. This must be issued by an authority or some other authorised issuer. Note that the bank may request that you also present other documents.

  3. If you do not have valid identity documents, you must prove who you are and your citizenship by means of other documents from an independent and reliable source.

This is also from Swedbank website FAQ:

How do I become a customer at branch office:

You are welcome to visit any of our branch offices to become a customer. To become a customer, you need to prove your identity.

If you have a Swedish social security number, you must identify yourself with a valid Swedish identity document.

If you lack a Swedish social security number, you must identify yourself with a valid foreign national passport in the original showing your citizenship.

If you are from Ukraine and covered by the EU Temporary Protection Directive, you need to bring:

  • Your residence permit card from Migrationsverket (The Swedish Migration Agency).
  • A register extract from Skatteverket (The Swedish Tax Agency) showing coordination number and address.
  • Your passport.

Search for your nearest branch office by entering your town or city in the search field below “Offices of Swedbank and Savings banks”. If you do not speak Swedish or English – bring an interpreter.

For countries that are part of the Schengen Agreement, an equivalent to the Swedish national ID card indicating your nationality is also valid. When you present a foreign ID, your identity needs to be corroborated with an additional document, such as residence permit, employment contract, a salary statement or a financial overview or account statement from your current bank.

We might ask you to bring additional documents if needed.”

I am also listing banks that are member of the association (as of June 2023)

Avanza Bank
Box 1399
111 93 Stockholm
Tel +46 (0)8-562 250 00

BlueStep Bank
Box 23138
104 35 Stockholm
Tel ++46 (0)8-501 004 00 

Citibank Europe plc, Sverige (branch)
Box 1422
111 84 Stockholm
Tel +46 (0)8-723 34 00

Collector Bank
Box 1191
4404 39 Göteborg
Tel: +46 (0)10-161 00 00

Crédit Agricole (branch)
Box 7734
103 95 Stockholm
Tel +46 80)8-796 69 00

Danske Bank Sverige (branch)
Box 7523
103 92 Stockholm
Tel +46 (0)752-48 00 00

Deutsche Bank (branch)
Stureplan 4 A
114 87 Stockholm
Tel +46 (0)8-463 55 00

DNB Bank (branch)
Regeringsgatan 59
111 56 Stockholm
Tel ++46 (0)8-473 41 00

Forex Bank
Kornhamnstorg 4
111 27 Stockholm
Tel +46 (0)8-587 607 00

Kungsträdgårdsgatan 2
106 70 Stockholm
Tel +46 (0)8-701 10 00

ICA Banken
171 93 Solna
Tel +46 (0)8-585 505 00

Ikano Bank
Box 21066
200 21 Malmö
Tel +46 (0)476-88 000

Landshypotek Bank
Box 14092
104 41 Stockholm
Tel+46 (0)8-459 04 00

LĂĄn & Spar Bank
Box 4114
203 12 Malmö
Tel +46 (0)40-205 600

Länsförsäkringar Bank
106 50 Stockholm
Tel +46 (0)8-588 416 00

Marginalen Bank
Box 26134
100 41 Stockholm
Tel +46 (0)8-412 65 00

MedMera Bank
Englundavägen 4
171 88 Solna
Tel +46 (0)10-742 00 00

Nordax Bank
Box 23124
104 35 Stockholm
Tel +46 (0)8-508 808 00

Nordea Bank
105 71 Stockholm
Tel +46 (0)8-614 70 00

Nordnet Bank
Box 14077
167 14 Bromma
Tel +46 (0)8-506 330 00

OK-Q8 Bank
Box 23900
104 35 Stockholm
Tel +46 (0)8-506 800 00

Resurs Bank
Box 222 09
250 24 Helsingborg
Tel +46 (0)42-38 20 00

Santander Consumer Bank (branch) 
FE 302
182 82 Stockholm
Tel +46 (0)8-559 510 00

Box 27308
102 54 Stockholm
Tel +46 (0)771-45 30 00

106 40 Stockholm
Tel +46 (0)8-763 80 00

106 55 Stockholm
Tel +46 (0)8-463 60 00

Svea Bank
Box 3028
169 03 Solna
Tel +46 (0)8-616 99 00

105 34 Stockholm
Tel +46 (0)8-585 900 00

Volvofinans Bank
Box 198
401 23 Göteborg
Tel +46 (0)31-83 88 00

Ă…landsbanken Sverige (branch)
107 81 Stockholm
Tel +46 (0)8-791 48 00

Finance Companies

Handelsbanken Finans
106 35 Stockholm
Tel +46 (0)8-701 46 00

Nordea Finans
103 82 Stockholm
Tel +46 (0)8-787 65 00

Wasa Kredit
Box 6740
113 85 Stockholm
Tel +46 (0)8-635 38 00

Mortgage Institutions

Nordea Hypotek
105 71 Stockholm
Tel +46 (0)8-463 70 00

Länsförsäkringar Hypotek
106 50 Stockholm
Tel +46 (0)8-588 400 00

103 70 Stockholm
Tel +46 (0)8-701 54 00

Swedbank Hypotek
106 11 Stockholm
Tel +46 (0)8-585 921 00

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Girls in Tech

What makes me happy is that when I see my old students coming to my courses as a guest and hold a session not only as a student who took the course but as an entrepreneur/innovator. I had this happiness because this time I had Dora Palfi visiting my lecture 7th of November at KTH.

I believe, education is elevator in society. A kid from poor family can elevate herself is s/he gets education. This is what I knew but Dora noticed a big problem: There is structural, visible and invisible against women which hinders women to be in tech. But, first hindrance comes when people are kid. It is easier for a guy to get into tech, and they got introduced with earlier. More importantly, technology based games, toys, tools are designed for guys.

Since Dora  studied  Human Computer Interaction & Design and that user centered design & innovation has been the core of her work and she decided to use this knowledge with her co-founder Beatrice Ionascu to create programmable phone cases.

Why phone cases? Because they noticed that girls like to take photos. It is very early step to convert a device to use, as a device to learn ref: They do not exclude boys from their workshop but they focus on girls.

Dora explained how girls change their minds to be in computer science and electronics and how both founders felt amazing when they work with kids.

She also stated that if we want to have equal society and if we believe future is in tech, we need to have women in teach to have equal society. She brought the demo model to the classroom to show how their product works. Dora impressed the classroom, and I believe she is on to something very big. When she did presentation, her company was one of  one of 10 finalists of European Social Innovation Competition. Regardless of the the result, I think they are going to create hug impact on lives of tons of girls.

If you want to hear more about the company please check



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Clarity Conference in SkellefteĂĄ

We had our final, closing conference of EU Funded Clarity project in SlellefteĂĄ. It was pleasure to be hosted by SkellefteĂĄ manicupality and as well as be part of the panelist at the conference.

You may check the conference webpage, to see other participants
This is my answers to the questions that I was asked about open data and open government

Clarity Testimonials: Serdar Temiz from Clarity Project on Vimeo.

This is also a nice summary of the event

Clarity Project Conference from Clarity Project on Vimeo.

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Swedish Entrepreneurship Education Presentation for German Guests

I was invited to participate  BildungsLab education conference  in Stockholm. Invitation came on behalf of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (Nordic Countries Project) and International Institute of Sustainability Management (SRH-Hochschule Berlin). There were around 20 invited experts from both countries.  I think we had  productive and efficient discussions.

I was given an opportunity to do presentation on Entrepreneurship Education in Sweden, particularly at KTH-Royal Institute of Technology on the first day, when the event was at  SUP46 – Startup People of Sweden, the second day I was also asked to give feedback for the workshop discussion, which as at Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship. These pictures are from this event. I would like to thank Vivien Boche and Kai Glaeser for organizing this event, Gregg Vanourek for recommending me  to participate. Thanks Terrence Brown to ask me to do presentation  I am looking forward to next steps. Who knows, may be  we will met in Berlin, right?


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Software that Harvest Student Homework

Palagarism is big issue. Due to vast amount of submissions universities decided to use special software to check whether content of the homeworks are novel or not. These software does not state that should be accepted as novel or not  but helps to know whether some part of the content is copied / pasted directly- without proper citation and referinging and also  helps the teachers to check origin of the text.

KTH used turnetin for a long time and I was happy with that, then KTH decided to use URKUND. Since I am PhD Candidate I was also using this tool for the text I was writing too. It is better to be safe than sorry, right?If you wonder how it works, let me share you a video:

The strange thing was, I was not able to delete the file from Urkund’s system. My midterm document also includes a recently published article which was not supposed to be available online at public sites. Besides that, It is midterm document, still needs development but if anyone cites similar document that I did, system could show that she/he used similar things with my document and give access to them to download my entire document. Is it the feature that I want?

I  prepare homeworks/ assignments and I want my students to be creative and free to answer questions the way they want to answer. If I use this software for my students’ assignments then their assignments will be in the system for ever. I do not think my students signed for this and I do not think it is fair to have a system that harvest our students all homework.

I informed our IT support about the issue and URKUND will manually remove the document from their system. How many other platforms will harvest users data without their content (or forced to consent?).

It seems,  turnitin had better policy “When a student or educator submits a paper to Turnitin, it is compared against a vast, secure proprietary database of licensed source material, including billions of periodicals, academic journals, books, and web pages. Turnitin also maintains a separate repository of student papers. Each educator (at the discretion of his or her school administrator) can determine whether or not to include student papers in the repository and whether or not to give students the option to opt out. We can remove student papers from the standard repository at the request of a school administrator. ”

Do you want your students’ answers to an assignment to hunt them until forever?

How Moocs are dealing with our students’ submissions?

We lecturers, researchers, citizens should be very careful with this trend.

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Academic Publication Business Model

It puzzles me when I see existing structure of publication system. It is a great business, in deed. Imagine that, you are a software company, where most of your employees are contractors that work for free.  Your main employees are working on maintaining the platform. Then your IT managers, software developers work for free because this is the main recognition they can get to be promoted or get another job. If your software code is accepted (e.g. committed) then you list it at your CV. If not, all your time to write that code is only becomes an experience for you. The software that you contributed to develop is sold to you and to your company for a fee. Reviewers of your codes work for free. It is a great business.

Recently, due to activities I have been involved in my recent post, I was thinking on new business models in scientific article publication. Of course, I support open knowledge and open access publications. I am well aware the risks Alexandra Elbakyan took  to push for Open Knowledge and created Sci-HUB. She is a change maker. Unfortunately, her project is seen as “illegal” as the Pirate Bay (and I can claim that we will remember her and PirateBay founders as Openness Defendors in the history, regardless current legal framework. We will have their sculptures and paintings both in phsycal and digital world. They made their mark in the history, I think).  On the other hand,  I also think that can we can still find of new business models where we can push new ways of reaching knowledge within existing boundaries of law. (I wish I could write “opportunities!”)

I was wondering what could be new business models around publication industry (yes, indeed it is a highly profitable industry)

Why not to have something like APPLE app store? Let’s name it as Publication APP (PAAP) store. (Naming articles as an app? If you look what were were naming all these things that we name as APP then? Our game software, calculations software all became app, why not to name our articles as “knowledge app”?.)  This is where researchers receive a percentage of revenue that platform makes. When a researcher changes job, she is not only bringing these articles as few lines in her CV but also a way to bring her funding with her to the new organization or keep with herself. It can even be a way to have economically independent researchers. Imagine that there are researchers that do not need to be employed and but only focus on their research. They do not need to get funding for their salaries/ research.

Or/and research organisation can have their own fee included to the price. Researchers/Organisations can opt to publish without fee. They can decide the fee, they can decide to provide for free in the beginning or after a while. What is in it for PAAP? Because of these free articles, people are using visiting PAAPS. They may end up downloading paid articles too. May be some PAAPS may enter advertisement business. We understand there are lots of services and products towards research and researchers, right?  May be some conferences may have budget for advertisement?

Universities can create their own PAAP Store where they can list OA and paid subription articles  at their platform (similar to existing one) but they can have more control of the data and how they present, what type of user interface they provide to their users. May be they can provide access to their PAAP store (for a fee? or free?)- Imagine that, Royal Institute of Technology provides free access to all citizens of Sweden at Open Access week for a week and people who have eID can have access to as many articles  (it would be better if KTH could do it forever but lets say it is not feasiable for the moment.)

You can say, but existing publication companies are providing support for proof reading etc, yes, then they have to compete more to get more articles to their PAAPs.

You may think it is a marketplace for researchers and why researchers should be part of a “marketplace”. My answer is, what researchers produce is ALREADY part of marketplace. What they produce are already sold and bought in the marketplac, why not push to get some power from publication companies to researchers?

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Do We Need Libraries?

Front Side of Swedish National Library (image from

When we are discussing open egovernment services, we should also consider not only “goverment” related services but openness of other services, too. We work towards drivers and changes on open egovernment services with our Clarity CSR project. Considering our work at this project, I start to ask myself, what should governments do when they take decisions for libraries? What will happen to libraries in digital era? Who needs librarians? Who needs libraries? Is it a “nostalgia” when we have almost everything digital? These libraries are funded by our tax money, do we really need libraries anymore? Maybe we just digitalize and automize everything and save states from cost of these librarians and convert libraries to restaurants, pubs, office spaces?

These suggestions sound “intimidating” and “radical” but I do not agree with these ideas. Especially after being part of two conferences that were organized by librarians. In the last one, I was in Karlstad to join a panel discussion on Open Science and Open Access. It was organized by Swedish National Library (Its actual Swedish translation is Royal Library) and Karlstad University. I had opportunity to listen APC research and activities of librarians. In addition to Nordic Librarians, we had two international guests:

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Associate Executive Director & Director of Scholarly Communication at the Modern Language Association, New York, USA. She is co-founder of the digital scholarly network MediaCommons and presented new ways of publishing

Open Access Meeting- Researcher Panel via

2- Vincent Bonnet, Director vid the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA), Haag, Holland. Vincent presented how libraries and librarians are changing.

At the panel that I took part, moderator was Jakob Harnesk, Library Director of Karlstad University, and Nadja Neumann, Fil.dr, Karlstads University and Erika Sandlund, Docent-Karlstads University, were other discussants. ( actually, Erika Sandlund sent her notes/answers via email due to a health issue but you can still see her existence via her picture. Jaboc Harnesk prepared very hard questions to us but I guess we managed to answer and discuss questions raised. I found it very fruitful panel and I focused on challenges that we have as researchers and what may happen in the future and how important role librarians can have.

Let me go back to the initial questions that I have: What will be future of libraries and librarians?

I think, Librarians are becoming change makers in knowledge dissemination but they can and they should be more part of  our future knowledge creation process. Libraries will be Open Knowledge Centers (OKC) and Librarians will be Knowledge Agents.

Let me do some brainstorming on these questions:

  • 1-They can follow publications and research projects from their own university and then connect dots between researchers to apply funding in collaborative projects. If I need a partner from another domain, librarians can be first people to get in touch.
  • They can train and educate students how to conduct research and use new tools, at least the ones used for citations (zatero, mendeley)
  • They can create and run Open Access Journals. Who has better access to university researchers than them. If they need a reviewer, then can ask another librarian at another university to help them to find. If it is to have peer & blind reviewed high-quality articles, why librarians not to facilitate it?
  • They can work like a software development team where they listen, understand researchers and students needs and come up with solutions.

These are some initial thoughts but I think libraries should adopt to new change. Either they adopt or they will be redundant. At least the librarians that I met at these two conferences proved that they are not only changing, they are drivers of change at their universities.

Governments should facilitate this change to serve society better.

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How Handelsbanken Can Provide Better Service with their DebitCard

I do not know what to do because I recall that I complained about it  via customer support but nothing changed. I think it is better that I write it publicly, I start to feel that it became only way to make you aware about the situation.  Let me be clear: I am happy from HSB and how fast they are to send me a new card when I loose it, how I could get my first loan from them, and how I was happy from their service, especially from Anna from then Östermalms Office.

I have a credit card and debit card from HSB. I use debit-card for my online payments and small amount of payments. Since I used it for the internet payments such as hosting, domain names etc, I do not keep big amount of money at this account, but I have enough money in my other accounts that are not associated to this card. What I want this debit card is to work as debit card. If there is not money, I do not want any withdraws to happen from this card. Of course, sometimes I forgot that I have auto payments associated to this card, such as some monthly insurances, so companies notify me they could not withdraw money then I transfer money from my other account at the same bank, afterwards they can withdraw.

The catch here is, lets say I had some money, e.g 1000sek and some auto payments are made and I have 200 left, and I forgot about these autopayments and I still consider that I have around 1000sek there, then I try to buy something for 210 sek.  What I expect the card to do is Not to approve payment. Instead, bank approves but then charges me 100sek for overcharge. which means, to pay extra 10sek, bank charges me 100sek!. It is insane!. This is might look like a scenario but this is the thing could happen and happened to me sometime ago, I notified HSB for this and asked them NOT TO DO prove any payment. What recently happened was this: 223 SEK extra payment happened and bank charged me 100sek for it. It is like 40% of the actual interest for 1 day!. I noticed this the next day and I directly transferred money. Has bank not approved, I would use my other credit card or could transfer money via  mobile bankid and this would not happen.

As I mentioned, I want to repeat: Debit card should work as debit card, if there is NO money, it should NOT approve any payment!. May be they think this as an service, help to the customer but when customer’s total cost for a product to 350sek instead of 250sek, then it is not a service, it is unfair charging exercise.

Another suggestion is: As soon as limit goes some amount that user can define, you can send them sms or email notification so they are aware of this.

These are my 2 cents about the case.


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My personal story of #OpenStockholm

We received an email from  our divisions IT administrator, that there was an emergency situation and we should not go to city center, then I checked and saw what happened. I had just had a lunch with a friend of mine who was traveling at that direction and another friend who had coffee shop that area; I tried to reach them first. Of course, then I received calls from my family members told them that I am fine. Actually, since I am not an avid social media user anymore, I was not aware that city was center was blocked and I had scheduled master thesis meeting with my students at 17:00 via skype and just before that a friend visited me that she did not know what to do because all traffic is blocked and she had little son. Then I realized the impact and told her that I can drive her home after my meeting. I finished meeting earlier and then when we understood her husband is also stuck in the city, we decided to wait for him to walk- we could not got to city to pick him up. When we were walking to parking area, I thought it would be nice idea to twit that I can drive people. Husband also showed that  a bakeryshop gave him cakes free of charge when he was leaving there. How it is great action, right?

On the way, we saw hundreds of people walking and I thought I could drive more after I leave this couple but then I saw the traffic jam on the return road that presented me that it is almost impossible to drive people on this direction. After I drop the couple and saw their union with their kid, I felt good and twitted my location and asked if someone needs a drive back, after a while, I drove back, and instead of going to university, I changed my mind to go where I live, which is close, and decided to have where I live as a base to location to help people, then considering that I felt thirsty I decided that I can go to shop, buy drink and just distribute car drivers that are almost stuck in their cars. Finally when I could made to home, I left my stuff home, went to shop, tried to find something then I saw small energy drink. May be I was a bit in hurry but I could not find see or notice small cakes etc. Energy drink, I am not fun of it but it is better than nothing.

I went to järvakrog and there was a part where cars split to Scandic hotel direction or go to directly city, my plan was to go to corner and distribute to the people. I know it is not optimal place to stay but today was extraordinary and I assumed traffic police and others would understand that is OK to distribute. I went there but then I saw that, people thought I was selling it, some slowed down asked me : “Vad säljer du”. I answered : “Gratis”, It is free. A girl slowed down and then she asked I tried to give her and said Gratis but then she smiled and left. Anyhow, I was not prepared to situation that I would be thought I was “selling” something because, to me, it is a moment to share not to gain benefit from. I went to oil station and tried to find something to write: Gratis and Free. I wrote it, but at the same time, being in the split section, not a good place to stand, I did not know what to do be more helpful. I just stopped sat on the grass, at the corner of the road between scandic hotel and main road, tried to think. I thought, maybe I can stand at bus station and give to cars. Of course, then I saw, cars do not enter there since it is “bus” line but there were lots of people left there since airport couches could not go to city center. While I was thinking what to do with all these drinks, I decided to leave all at the station and put the text next to it: Gratis/Free. While I was there one took it and I saw people were wondering how to go to penteldåg train station because according to trains were working, then it was an opportunity to show them how to go because, even though it is close, it is not easy to know how to go there from järvakrog to train station. We were four people walking there. One asked me if I have a car, I said yes, and asked me if I could drive. Direction was in south then I said, if trains are not working, you are welcome to be guest for couple of hours and then I drive them to their location. One’s card did not work, I helped. I gave my number to one of them in case trains does not come, they can just call me. I had to leave instead of waiting at station to see if I can be more useful. Meanwhile I was checking if anyone wrote me, until then my hashtag was #drottninggatan name of the street but when I checked that hashtag I saw #openstockholm and decided to use this hashtag, I gave my location and said, if anyone needs a place to stay we have food, friendship and sofa. I Norwegain guy was stuck there did not know how to go to somewhere in Solna, I knew a shortcut to there where I assumed there would not be traffic jam. We met next to Ibis hotel and I drove him back, he wanted to give me snuss but I said I do not use and I do not need, it is just the moment that we should help each other. When I was driving him, I saw some people at bus station close to ulriksdal center and slowed down to ask where they were going then they were 4-5 people, I decided to return back to them after I leave this guy. I left him, moved back, on my way saw a guy stopped next to him if he needs lift, he did not and at ulriksdal, the group was not there and did few rounds to ask people if they need a drive. I assumed if they are walking on few location, they might have arrived by train, were tried, I could save them to walk 3 to 5 km of walk since buses did not work. One guy was so happy that I offered help but he said he almost arrived.

When I was at home, I saw someone was offering flat in uplands väsby and someone else were stuck there and it seemed they did not see eachother’s message, I combined them, prospective host was very proactive lady and she was asked me to tag their twitt. Then I saw a guy’s message that his family was stuck in central. I was not sure I could go there due to security measures but I offered him that we can host them if they can make to Ulriksdal. I assumed central traffic would be blocked but may be they could take train to there as other people that I left to Ulriksdal station.

Anyhow, noticing compassion and open hearth of people at #openstockholm I felt so nice that we do not only rely on state and ask state organizations to help but we could help ourselves. What I did was nothing compared to other peoples’ help ( in addition to police, doctors,nurces, security personal, officers ). Imagine, people opened their offices, their homes, shared what they have in their stores, cookies, cakes, pizzas, I saw people offering help to drive people with their cars. Compared to what they did, I did nothing because no one stayed as a guest and asked more help from me. I just share this not do say I did anything but just to show how it is important that our little help can change peoples’ day.

To be honest, from my point of view, I felt very good to be able to help and at least offer help and respond some people, I think what I gained from this experience is much nicer than the people that I could do a little help. I slept very late after I followed twitter if I could help anyone else around my vicinity by monitoring discussion at #openstockholm, then I had fallen asleep but with very optimistic feelings about the Swedish society . I woke up a bit late and started to write this blog post, meanwhile I found out that Jenny Nguyen started this hashtag. Salut to her.

Now, I feel very tried but better than 17:00 pm yesterday and I am glad that #openstockholm was more actvive than #stockholmattack. I hope we will never ever experience anything like this and I wish power to victims, relatives and friends of victims and to all Stockholm and Sweden.

I know one thing now: we are more united than ever in Stockholm, as Stockholmers from every background #SharingisCaring

P.S: #openstockholm hastag would be used much better if we could have two hashtags one for #offeringasking for help one for #sharing feelings and other information, but in any case, it was a great momentum where people could help each other.

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Summary of 2016 for Open Knowledge Sweden

This the post that is we submit to OKI website.

Year 2016 was a productive year this year. We would like to list some of these projects below.

Open Knowledge Sweden  (OKSweden) collaborated with KTH- Royal Institute of Technologies Industrial Marketing and Entrepreneurship Division and Wikimedia sponsored us and we held award ceremony at KTH ITM Schools Indek Building. Project Manager was Asmen Gul and we are planning to have it every year.

We received much positive feedback and there were several press releases after our event. We can easily say that it was the event we received the most attention. You can get more information regarding the award, jury, categories, and winners from here.


Third of May we launched first FOI website, (AskTheState). Mattias Axel was project manager. It is important for us because we launched it at the anniversary of FIO Act, which dates back to 1766, it is the first freedom of information legislation in the modern sense. which is called the Principle of Public Access (Swedish: offentlighetsprincipen) in Sweden. 24th of August, we have presented our platform in Umeå Hacker Space and we took part in the sestercentennial – 250th! – Anniversary for the adoption of legal guarantees for freedom of information and a free press in Sweden. It was run by Swedish National Library. If you would like to read English translation of Anders Chydenius FIO text, Swedish parliament abolished censorship of books and newspapers and required authorities to provide public access to all official records with the passing of ”His Majesty’s Gracious Ordinance Relating to Freedom of Writing and of the Press” please click here. You can also see other contributors’ articles on the same topic.


We created training materials for Open Data with CC license with the help of Wikimedia Sweden, Asmen Gul and Valentin Brutaru run the project and we are glad to have this materials that will be base for our future education activities.

We have new project members Malin Isaksson and Julia NavrĂ©n. Both will work for the – A Digital Quality Index for Press Freedom and Freedom of Information Act. It is about digital journalism and about to build relationships and networks and infrastructure for media organizations and the public in Sweden make it easier to view the quality of the principle of public access. It is funded by InternetFund (internetfonden). You can follow progress of this project via

In both projects, OKAwards and, Merxhan Emini was our lead in our IT team. His IT and software development skills added lots of value to our team.

A twitter during Serdar Temiz’s presentation

OKSweden joined Engaging Privacy, ISOC-SE, OKSE, DFRI, och IIS and prepared  two days program on  privacy and integrity tracks at Sweden’s Biggest Internet event, Internet days organized by The Internet Foundation In Sweden. The keynote speaker of the event was Edward Snowden, of course, he could not be present in Sweden in person, but thanks to digital technologies he could deliver his speech. In one of parallel tracks the team had, Chairman of OK Sweden did presentation on Data Privacy, Corporates, and States

and OKSweden member FragaStaten’s Project Manager Mattias Axell facilitated workshops for better privacy practices in business and public organizations on both days of the event on 21st and 22nd of November. You can read more about the schedule of the event from here.

We are part of a pan EU project CLARITY and we are in the first year of two-years of the project. Its name is CLARITY where project will support European Member States in their pursuit for greater trust, transparency, and efficiency within their open eGovernment initiatives and highlight best practice within this field. We have worked hard and in the first year we were team leader of several tasks. Serdar Temiz is Project Manager of OKS part of the packages and in addition to him OKSweden’s Outreach Manager, Toni Mickiewicz who is expert in these type of EU projects,was the most active person in the project at OKSweden

Discussion during workshop

Until now we have several deliverables and conducted many activities in regards to project as listed below. Please do not hesitate to read and give us feedback and feel free to join us on our website, as well as social media – twitter and LinkedIn group. If you are interested to be in our contact list, drop us a line. This is what Clarity Team has done:

  • We have conducted a stakeholder analysis within the open eGovernment ecosystem.
  • We have analysed the key drivers in the up-take of open eGoverment services in Europe
  • We have conducted a needs assessment of societal, public sector and industry and market needs when it comes to the up-take of open eGovernment services.
  • We held a Development Sprint Event in Amsterdam in December 2016, where four teams developed blueprints for 4 new open eGoverment services.
  • We have held two foresight focus groups with stakeholders in Sweden and Spain, and will host a third group in The Netherlands in March. Results will be in a forthcoming briefing paper on “Considerations for the take-up of open eGovernment services in Europe” – due in March 2017

White board with session results

We also have an announcement, we are working on our new organization, now we have our first Executive Director, Fredrik Sjöberg, who brings his many years of project and team management skills to our team. OKSweden believes that with Fredrik’s management and contribution; we OK Sweden will be more effective and productive.

What are we planning great projects for 2017, you will hear more from us, more to come.

Stay tuned!




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