While Slaw readers are a diverse bunch, with eclectic interests, I’m not sure how many stumbled on Post-och Inrikes Tidningar’s recent notice to readers, captioned Important Message
Bäste läsare och annonsör. Sveriges Riksdag har beslutat att Post- och Inrikes Tidningar från den 1 januari 2007 skall upphöra som papperstidning och endast finnas tillgänglig som gratistidning i elektronisk form på Internet via Bolagsverket.
Originally founded in 1645 by Queen Christina and Chancellor Axel Oxenstierna as an outlook for the government to voice its official view, it is the oldest current newspaper in the world. And it’s just gone to a web-only format.
For lawyers, its significance is that it is the national gazette of Sweden, and the country’s official notification body for announcements like patents and bankruptcy declarations.
Roland Hoglund, head of the SCRO, sees the step as positive. “It is exciting, but it is also an important task as the newspaper has played an extremely important role when it comes to legal information,” Hoglund told Swedish news agency TT. “It will be much more accessible.”
All is not lost, however. Three paper copies of the paper will be printed and stored in university libraries to keep the print tradition alive.