Today, the all of the Nordic countries are known for their low levels of corruption and high-quality management. The current situation is the starting point for a project, which investigates corruption in the Swedish empire and in Finland from the 17th century to the year 1917.
This project is (I) identifying the forms and practices of corruption and (II) analyzing and explaining the changes and persistence of the phenomenon. The results obtained from a wide area and versatile source material enables broader generalizations of corruption-related mechanisms, bad governance practices and impacts of them, and also long-term dependencies, even though different operating environments and contexts are taken seriously into account in interpretations. The results will be relevant to the international research of the subject, especially on the development of methods and reliable comparable results.