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The Annual Government Publications Report, also called Swedish Government Publications, was published starting in the 1500s and until 1833. The Annual Government Publications Report is intended as a message from a central government agency. The message must have legal substance in some sense. As it is difficult to draw hard-and-fast boundaries, other types of publications, such as propaganda, also occur. The series was renamed the "Swedish Statute Book" (SFS) in 1825 and numbered with annual serial numbers. The series were issued in parallel between 1825-1833.

Types of Printing

The most common publications are proclamations, ordinances, placards, instructions, rates, regulations, resolutions, edicts, and explanations, but the boundaries are fluid. If the publication type is found in the title, you should use that as your search parameter. It may be necessary at times to search according to older Swedish spelling rules (e.g., placat, instruction, and kungiörelse). There are also untitled publications that cannot be searched by this means.

Swedish Government Publications in LIBRIS

Entry of the Annual Government Publications Reports in the bibliography was completed in 2004. You can search directly in LIBRIS or in a sub-database in LIBRIS called "Swedish Hand Press Publications". Go to the search form and select Swedish Government Publications - 1833 (SOT) in the Subset field. The catalog records are marked with the library code SOT and are based on National Library collections.

You can also search in our Regina catalog or a Subdatabase in Regina called Government print. From the Search form, select only e.g. Government Ordinances, etc. – 1833 (SOT).

Annual Report Becomes Accessible

The Access to the Annual Government Publications Report project laid the foundations for the records in LIBRIS. The National Archives in Göteborg managed the migration of material from its local database to LIBRIS. Of the approximately 16 900 records, more than 3 000 are unedited records for which there is no source in the National Libraryand which were probably never printed. Almost all records have subject headings derived from Nils Herman Quiding’s earlier bibliographing of the material.

Digitized Material

The oldest publications held by the National Library have been digitized: 388 publications from the period of 1541-1632. They are accessible via the Internet. The respective catalog records for the publications in LIBRIS include a full text hyperlink to the digital images. In our catalog Regina, click Read Full Text.

Contents of the Bibliography

The bibliography contains annual government publications reports issued at the national level, and Stockholm ordinances. Bibliography selections were based on the lists of annual government publications starting in 1669, earlier bibliographing, and compilations. If an ordinance is not included, it may be because it was a county ordinance or never printed. 

Earlier Bibliographies

The Annual Government Publications Report was compiled and published in reprint by Modée and Stiernmann in the 18th century. Ordinances were usually abridged. A good part of the catalog records refer to Modée or Stiernmann. Svenskt general författningsregister för tiden från 1522 till och med år 1862 (Swedish General Statute Index 1522-1862) by Quiding was published in 1865.

Title and Imprint

The entire title is entered in the catalog record when it is bibliographed. When there is no title, the title is replaced with the document preamble or a key excerpt from the text. In these cases, there is often a note about the contents of the publication. The imprint is entered exactly as shown on the publication.

Editions and Translations

The bibliography includes special editions and translations. The most common translations are in Finnish, Latin, French, German, Dutch, Russian, and Sami.

Subject Headings and Spelling Rules

We have taken the subject headings entered in the catalog records from the Swedish Subject Headings database. To make the records as accurate as possible, we have also entered many preliminary subject headings that were not included in Swedish Subject Headings. For instance, an ordinance that has to do with a parish storehouse is assigned both Sockenmagasin (“Parish Storehouse”) and Lantbruk (“Agriculture”) as subject headings. The database is based on modern spelling rules. You should keep in mind that subject headings taken from Quiding’s bibliography are old-fashioned. For instance, Gärder (“Gifts” in the Biblical sense, see Proverbs 29:4) is used instead of Skatter (“Taxes”) and Farsot (“Plague”) instead of Epidemi (“Epidemic”).


Institution names are entered in the catalog record, which may entail both the publishing institution and the specific institutions to which the publication refers. The names are adapted to modern Swedish. Institutional names are sometimes changed and institutions are sometimes reorganized under a new name, so it is necessary to search under various permutations. You may, for instance search for publications using Överståthållaren (“Governor”) as well as Överståthållarämbetet (“Office of the Governor of Stockholm”) or Slottskansliet (“Palace Chancellery”).

Personal Names

Personal names are entered in the record if the person signed the ordinance, except for the King and Queen of Sweden, whose names are entered only if the publication is about them as persons, e.g., in connection with a death, marriage, or royal address. One exception to the rule is that when a non-reigning queen or crown prince has signed the ordinance in the absence of the regent.

Most Common Publishers

Beyond the Swedish government, the most common publishing institutions are the central civil service departments, the courts of appeal, and the Governor and the Magistrate of Stockholm. Examples of central civil service departments include Kommerskollegium (National Board of Trade), Krigskollegium (Armed Forces Administration), Collegium medicum (Medical College), Kammarkollegium (Legal, Financial, and Administrative Services Agency), and the Kanslikollegium (Chancellery).

Stockholm Ordinances

Stockholm ordinances are published by the Governor, the Magistrate of Stockholm, or the Mayor and City Council.

Geographical Names

If the publication is about a particular town, province, county, parish, or country other than Sweden, the geographical name is also entered in the record.

Publication Date

The publication date is entered in the record. It is constructed in year/month/day format, e.g., 1612-01-08. When there is no date, either the index date or the year only is given.

Last updated: 2008-04-20
Contact person: Jamshid Farahani, e-mail: firstname.lastname@kb.se
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