Jacob Söderman

Jacob-Magnus (Jacob) Söderman (born 19 March 1938 in Helsinki, Finland) is a Finnish MP since September 2007 (and earlier in 1972-82). Söderman was Minister of Justice (1971), Minister of Social Affairs and Health (1982), governor of province of Uusimaa (1982-89), Parliamentary Ombudsman of Finland (1989-95) and the first European Ombudsman (1995-2003).

Söderman was the President of the Council for Mass Media in Finland in 2003-2005, a Member of the Board of the University of Helsinki 2004-2006 and Member of the Group of Wise Persons 2005-2006.


  • Grand Cross of Bernardo O'Higgins Decoration confered by Chile 1993
  • Grand Cross of the Lions Decoration of Finland 1995
  • European Information Association Award for Achievement in European Information 1996
  • Honorary Doctorate of Political Sciences, Åbo Academy, Finland 1998
  • Honorary Doctorate in Law, University of Lapland 1999
  • Special Award for the European Ombudsman's Contribution to Dissemination of Information by the Ministry of Education of Finland 2000
  • Alexis de Tocqueville Prize, European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) 2001
  • Knight of the French Legion of Honour 2002
  • Snellman Prize, Finnish Periodical Publishers Association 2002
  • Expatriot of the Year Award 2003
  • Consumer of the Year Award, The Finnish Consumers' Association 2005
  • Codex medaljen 2006
  • Chydenius Prize 2006
  • Finnish Humanist Union Prize 2007
  • Nordic Administrative Union/Finnish association Prize 2007

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