Plain Language in Norway

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In 2019 we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of organized plain language work in the Norwegian public sector!

Published: 20. Sep 2017, Last modified: 28. Aug 2019

Plain language in Norway – a political initiative

In 2009, Difi and Språkrådet joined forces for a clearer and more user-friendly language in government agencies. Together we are able to combine public administration expertise, plain language skills and project management skills and reach a broad audience

The programme «Plain Language in Norway’s Civil Service» was launched in 2009 as a top-down programme and a prioritized government initiative. The Minister of Local Government and Modernization is the patron of plain language work in Norway.

Every year the Minister of Local Government and Modernization hands out the plain language award to a government agency and a municipality that have achieved excellent plain language results in their work. This is a clear symbol of the political commitment to plain language – regardless of political affiliation.

Difi and Språkrådet have encouraged and empowered Norwegian ministries and government agencies to establish their own plain language work, share their experiences and measure their results. Some of these results will be presented at the PLAIN-conference.


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