Tieteiden talo
Kirkkokatu 6
00170 Helsinki

Julia Burman

Toimistossa päivystys
ke 16-17,  
puh: (09) 22869351

Finnish Historical Society –
Suomen Historiallinen Seura

The central scientific society of historians, Finnish Historical Society ( in Finnish: Suomen Historiallinen Seura alias SHS) was founded 1875. The core of the membership comprises the most eminent Finnish scholars who are invited to join the Society. On application the society accepts passive members who pay annual membership fee. Decision-making power is vested with active scholars, who elect the members of the Board. The Board consist of nine members and the chairman, who is elected for a two year period. Current chairman is Professor Petri Karonen from the University of Jyväskylä. The Society has also a part time official, executive director Julia Burman.

The Office of the Finnish Historical Society is located in the centre of Helsinki, the capital of Finland. The office is open on Wednesday 4-5 p.m.  Email address is  Address: Tieteiden talo, Kirkkokatu 6, 00170 Helsinki.
Tel +358-9-2286 9351

Publishing, the most important function of the Society, is nowadays done in co-operation of the Finnish Literature Society. The five peer-refereed publications by Historical Society are 
Historiallisia Tutkimuksia (“Historical Research”, monographs in Finnish)
Historiallinen Arkisto (“Historical Archives”, collections of  research articles, in Finnish or English)
Studia Historica (collections of articles or monographs in English)
Käsikirjoja (“Handbooks”, including Finnish Historical bibliographies)
Suomen Historian lähteitä (”Historical Sources from Finland”)
Studia Fennica Historica ( originally a serie by the Finnish Literature Society, but now refereed by Historical Society, monographs in English)
It is easy to buy these books from these Internet Webstores:

Bookstore Tiedekirja, Kirkkokatu 14, 00170 Helsinki, tel. +358-09-635 177, 
telefax +358-9-635 017, e-mail:,
Finnish Literature Society's Bookshop,
tel. 0201 131 222,

Seminars and congresses are another major sector of activity. During the term-time the Society gives free monthly lectures. The Society also organizes different kind of projects.

The Society is also responsible for many aspects of international relations in its field and is a member of CISH (Comité International des Sciences Historiques).

Please, for more information, contact the executive director Julia Burman by mail, telephone (Tel +358-9-2286 9351) or email,


Finnish Historical Society
Tieteiden talo
Kirkkokatu 6
00170 Helsinki