Anders Chydenius, the rector of Kokkola, Finland was a forerunner in all Europe as an advocate of democratic ideology. He is particularly well-known as a champion of free trade policies, but also as a strong proponent of the freedom of the press and religion and of workers' rights.
Among Chydenius' greatest political accomplishments are obtaining the foreign trading rights for the towns in Bothnia and extending the freedom of publishing.
The most famous of Chydenius' writings is The National Gain (1765) in which he presented similar arguments for economic liberalism as his well-known contemporary Adam Smith.
Learn more about Anders Chydenius at the website of The Chydenius Foundation.