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Finnish Historical Society

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 tiimalasischolars, who elect the members of the Board. The Board consists of nine members and a chairman, who is elected for a two-year period. Current chairman is Docent Ville Vuolanto from the University of Tampere. The Society has also a part-time official; executive director Sari Aalto.

Publishing is the most important function of the Society.

Journals: Society is publishing two historical journals in co-operation with other societies.
Scandinavian Journal of History (SJH) is published in co-operation with other Scandinavian Historical Societies by Taylor and Francis (  The representatives of Finnish Historical Society on the Editorial Board of SJH are Professor Kirsi Salonen and PhD Tiina Lintunen.
Historiallinen Aikakauskirja (HAik) is published with the Society of the Friends of History, and HAik is the oldest journal in Finnish language in the field of history in Finland.

Books are nowadays published in co-operation of the Finnish Literature Society. The three 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 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:

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 Sari Aalto by email,


Finnish Historical society is also involved in the newly founded Historians without borders network. 

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