Government bodies that are candidates for the prize must be able to demonstrate clear and easily understandable information to public (for example, in forms, instructions, letters and website texts) systematic and documented contribution to good language in both nynorsk and bokmål
Background of the Prize
«Plain Language in Norway’s Civil Service» is a joint project involving the Ministry of Government Administration, Reform and Church Affairs (FAD), the Agency for Public Management and e-Government (Difi) and the Language Council of Norway. The project aims to stimulate public agencies to adopt good, user-friendly language. The three year project was formally launched in March 2009.
In 2008, Difi was awarded the task of «working, in cooperation with the Language Council of Norway, to promote simpler language and more accessible content in public documents and publications intended for citizens».