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Task of the Department

About the Department

The Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies has a clear function in Finnish society: it carries out research on the official languages of Finland, Finnish and Swedish, on the literature of Finland, as well as on  other Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian languages and literatures. This research is of particular relevance to Finland and its neighbouring countries, but it  also has international relevance. The department is an eminent authority on language policy questions: on Finland's official languages, the Sámi languages, other Finno-Ugrian languages and their status, as well as on Nordic language issues.

The department bears special responsibility for the status of Finnish and Swedish as languages of science and popular science. The department also offers courses on non-fiction and on the writing of non-fiction.

The graduates of the department are diverse professionals in the fields of language and literature employed as teachers, translators, journalists, editors, copy-editors, press relations officers and researchers. The department is nationally the largest educator of Finnish and Swedish language teachers. It is also responsible for the teaching and research of other Finno-Ugrian languages as well as of Icelandic, Norwegian, Danish and Faroese. One of the degree programmes offered by the department is Finnish Language and Culture for students educated outside Finland. In addition, the department is responsible for teaching Finnish and Swedish to international exchange and degree students, teaching academic writing to students in the Faculty of Arts, as well as teaching Finnish and Swedish linguistics to translators. The department has Finland’s only unit for training Swedish mother-tongue translation students.

The department co-ordinates the Finnish Graduate School of Literary Studies and is actively involved in many other graduate schools and research networks (see Research Cooperation for more detailed information).