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Torunn Reksten

Torunn Reksten is a plain language expert and senior adviser at the Language Council of Norway, the axis of plain language initiatives in Norway’s public sector. As a plain language advocate, lecturer, editor and author since 2008 she has played a central part in building plain language awareness and competence – an initiative which has set a new standard for public communication in Norway.

Torunn serves on the Drafting Committee of the ISO Working Group 11 for international plain language standard and was Head of the Programming Committee for the PLAIN 2019 conference in Oslo. She is in charge of the Norwegian Language Council’s plain language strategies, and is passionate about innovation and constant renewal in plain language and in general.

How and when to regulate plain language

Presented by Torunn Reksten and Margrethe Kvarenes at the Language Council of Norway

Norway is on the verge of implementing-and-enforcing regulatory plain language requirements. This is the story of Norway’s plain language journey from start-up to having plain language legislation.


In 2020, the Norwegian parliament will pass two law-proposals requiring plain language from the public sector: The new Public-Administration-Act and the Language Act. The legislation should take plain-language in Norway to the next level and contribute to further access and inclusion. But is this the right time to regulate? How do we implement the law? Do we have the systems to follow it up?


Join this presentation to:

  • know the details of a successful national plain language campaign

  • get arguments for when and how to regulate plain language

  • reflect upon possible obstacles to compliance

  • broaden your plain language horizon further :)


Walk away with:

  1. Norway’s plain language story (article)

  2. The results of Norway’s national plain language program (evaluation report)

  3. Norway’s brand new language act (in Norwegian only)