SLS is a scholarly society for the preservation, study and dissemination of knowledge about Finland-Swedish culture.

Livestream: Kulturanalys i skolan. Perspektiv och verktyg


Livestream: Fredrik Pacius-symposium II






New research programme: Future Challenges in the Nordics – People, Culture and Society

The 21st century has brought on a number of grand societal challenges. New ways of communication, altered mechanisms in opinion formation, economic, social and technological development, migration, polarisation between cities and the countryside, climate change and pandemics are only a few examples of such challenges. The aim of the research programme Future Challenges in the Nordics – People, Culture and Society is to examine how these challenges are understood and handled in the Nordics. What can we do today to create a brighter future?



Introducing the unique archive of anthropologist Hilma Granqvist

The Swedish-speaking Finn Hilma Granqvist (1890–1972) was one of the pioneers in modern anthropology and her fieldwork in Palestine during the 1920s and 30s have gained worldwide attention. Her research material has been in great demand, although it is difficult to access.  It is now being made available for readers and scholars in a digital archive.

Granqvist studied life cycle events in the Palestinian village of Artas during the 1920s and the 30s, a field work that produced five extensive volumes on the world view of Arab Muslims. Her documentation of a disappearing Palestinian society during a politically turbulent time, as well as her records on the local Arab dialect, have proven to be invaluable. Granqvist’s unique insight into the everyday life of Palestinian women still today offers an exceptional source for research.

The archival material is being published step by step, and will include Granqvist’s travel diaries, field notes, letters, photographs, and published books. The material is freely available and is published.



Changes to our business during the Coronavirus situation

Archives and Customer Service

The Customer Service in Helsinki is open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Customer Service in Vaasa is open Tuesday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We will receive visitors by appointment only for the time being and can accommodate a maximum of two customers simultaneously. Book your appointment at nexvirg@fyf.svif.sls@tevikra , via Chat or by phone at +358 9 618 77 230 (Helsinki) and +358 6 319 56 00 (Vaasa). Please include information about what materials you would like to browse in your booking. 

Information about bookings and general instructions here (in Swedish).


We are continuously updating ourselves on the Coronavirus situation and incoming instructions from the authorities, and are prepared to take further steps if necessary. You can always find up-to-date information here on our website