The archives and library of  SLS on Ritarikatu 5 in Helsinki will be closed due to renovation on 02/06/2014.

During the renovation customers will not have access to archival material that normally is available on Ritarikatu 5. A limited customer service can be given by telephone at +358 (0)9 618 777 or by e-mail at

The renovation is expected to be completed in spring 2015.

We apologize the inconvenience the renovation may cause our customers.

The Society of Swedish Literature in Finland

The Society of Swedish Literature in Finland (SLS)  is a scholarly organisation that preserves, develops and mediates the Swedish cultural heritage in Finland.

The Society is a versatile and future-oriented cultural institution of Finland-Swedish literature, culture and research. The meaning of the word ‘literature' is to be understood in a broad context. The traditional meaning of ‘learned studies' includes, among others, literature (both fiction and non-fiction), research, the mediation of oral and written traditions, as well as philology and linguistics.

The geographic area of activity covers all Swedish-speaking regions of Finland. The aims of the Society are realised through the archives and the library, the publishing unit, the research unit, the distribution of scholarships and the financial administration. The activities are made possible through sound financial backing.

The Society of Swedish Literature is one of the large managers of public funds in Finland. The Society owns and administers the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland. The activities of the Society are founded mainly by private donations.