Constitution (1999, amended 2011) (excerpts)

Constitution of Finland (excerpts)


Section 12 - Freedom of expression and right of access to information
Everyone has the freedom of expression. Freedom of expression entails the right to express, disseminate and
receive information, opinions and other communications without prior prevention by anyone. More detailed
provisions on the exercise of the freedom of expression are laid down by an Act. Provisions on restrictions
relating to pictorial programmes that are necessary for the protection of children may be laid down by an Act.
Documents and recordings in the possession of the authorities are public, unless their publication has for
compelling reasons been specifically restricted by an Act. Everyone has the right of access to public documents
and recordings.