Runeberg project

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Runeberg project
motto publish Nordic literature on the Internet since 1992
description Virtual library , digital library
languages Swedish, English
owner Linköping University , Lysator Academic Computer Society
Originator Lars Aronsson
Published December 13, 1992
status active

In the Swedish project Runeberg (abbreviation: PR ), public domain texts from Nordic countries and languages ​​have been digitized and made freely available on the Internet since 1992 . The project, located at Linköping University , is named after the Finnish-Swedish poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg . It was founded and managed by Lars Aronsson, who now promotes it in his free time.


Project Runeberg was founded on December 13, 1992 by Lars Aronsson. He was inspired by the American Project Gutenberg . The computer company Lysator went online with its server in February 1993. Per Hedbor ensured that the Runeberg project could provide the first works between 1993 and 1994. In March 1993, these included the collection of Fänrik Ståls sägner by Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Carl Axel Magnus Lindman's Bilder ur Nordens Flora and the edition of the Bible in Swedish Bibles eller den Heliga Skrift (1996).

Due to a change in the law in January 1996, which affected copyright and stipulated an extension of the protection period from 50 to 70 years, some projects had to be postponed. Works that were in the public domain before 1996 because their authors had died between 1925 and 1945 were now again under copyright protection for up to 20 years. Another setback was the criticism of some literary scholars of the text quality. In order to remedy this, the Runeberg project developed new methods for the creation and publication of scanned images and texts from 1998 onwards.

On May 11, 2003, the digitization of all 20 and 38 volumes of the two oldest editions of the Nordic Family Book , the largest encyclopedia published in Swedish , was completed. This work comprised around 45,000 pages and thus made up almost half of the volume of all previous digital copies in Project Runeberg. In January 2006 the volume of the collection had increased to 400,000 digital facsimile pages; in 2018 it was 2.7 million pages.

Digital works (selection)

In addition to novels , newspapers and reference works , year books and dictionaries are also recorded as electronic facsimile editions. Extensive works are:

Web links

Commons : Project Runeberg  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Fänrik Ståls sägner . Svenska Litteratursällskapet, Helsingfors 1974, ISBN 951-9017-10-0 (Swedish, - first edition: 1848).
  2. Pictures of the north flora . 1917 (Swedish, ).
  3. Bibles or the Heliga script . 1917 (Swedish, ).
  4. What is Copyright? (About Project Runeberg)., accessed February 20, 2018 .
  5. ^ Project Runeberg Timeline (About Project Runeberg). Retrieved June 22, 2019 .