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Regional Archive

Region Skåne holds and preserves public records in order to respect the principle of public access to information. Additionally, the Regional Archive caters to the needs of research, the operations of Region Skåne, and the legal system.

The Regional Archive is the central archive of Region Skåne. The preservation of records at the Regional Archive is carried out as per the Archives Act (1990:782). Our commission includes making our joint cultural heritage accessible to researchers, members of the public, and healthcare staff.

Healthcare information, such as hospital records, constitute almost 80 percent of the total archive. Other examples of material in the collections include minutes and other documents concerning political processes and the history of the county council, blueprints, education transcripts and maps.

Part of Archive Centre South

The Regional Archive is part of Archive Centre South (Arkivcentrum Syd) in Lund – the largest archival institution in Scandinavia. The Archive Centre South offers a modern research environment and access to a unique collection of materials from several administrative authorities and other organisations in Skåne.

Researchers studying documents from all participating organisations are welcome in the shared reading rooms.

The opening hours for the shared reading rooms are as follows:

Monday-Thursday: 09.00-15.00/9 A.M – 3 P.M

Friday: 09.00-12.00/9 A.M – noon, 12 P.M

Opening hours

are also available on Archive Centre South website.

Archive Centre South - in Swedish (arkivcentrumsyd.se)

Public Records

The right to access public records is a fundamental principle in Sweden, regulated in the Constitution. The main rule is that all documents received by Region Skåne or created within our organisation are public.

In some cases, there are provisions on secrecy that restrict the right to access public and official records. These provisions are found in the Public Access to Information and Secrecy Act (2009:400). For example, access to medical records is regulated due to the right to personal integrity, and many of the records held by the Regional Archive may therefore be classified.

Search for archival material

Using the web service NAD (Nationell ArkivDatabas), you can search for archival registers from the Swedish regions, county councils and municipalities, as well as associations and other archival creators. It is possible to find information about the individual volumes in different collections and get an overview of the type of documents that are available in the various archives.

If, using NAD, you find documents that you would like to request for which Region Skåne is the responsible authority, please contact the Regional Archive to gain access to the materials. Contact information can be found in the right-hand sidebar.

Last updated: 5 October 2023

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