Jacob Söderman

Jacob-Magnus (Jacob) Söderman (born 19 March 1938 in Helsinki, Finland) is a Finnish politician who served as Finnish Member of Parliament in 1972–1982 and again in 2007–2011. Söderman is a member of the Social Democratic Party of Finland and served as Minister of Justice (In October 1971),[1] Minister of Social Affairs and Health (1982), governor of Uusimaa Province (1982–89), Parliamentary Ombudsman of Finland (1989–95) and the first European Ombudsman (1995–2003).[2] Söderman returned to the Parliament in Autumn 2007 when MP Tuula Haatainen resigned in order to become a deputy city manager of Helsinki.

Jacob Söderman
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Jacob Söderman in Helsinki, Finland in March 2014
Position heldParliamentary Ombudsman (1989–1995) Edit this on Wikidata

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 conferred 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
  • Expatriate 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


  1. ^ "Council of State - Ministers of Justice". Valtioneuvosto.fi. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Edustajamatrikkeli". Eduskunta. Archived from the original on 2013-11-13.
Preceded by
European Ombudsman
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