In English

Society for the Study of Finnish (Kotikielen Seura)

The Society, based in Helsinki, was founded in 1876 to promote the study and use of Finnish. The Finnish name for the society, which literally translates as ’home language society’, is tied to the linguistic situation in Finland in the 19th century. Finnish was officially granted equal status with Swedish in 1863, so at the time the Society was established, Finnish was indeed the ’home language’ of the majority of people living in Finland and was just beginning to establish itself as a language of administration, education etc.

The society organises meetings and symposia and publishes Finland’s oldest linguistic quarterly, Virittäjä. It also awards annual prizes and scholarships for outstanding research.

President of the Society: PhD Mari Siiroinen
Secretary: MA Ida Henritius

Mailing address: Society for the Study of Finnish, P.O. Box 3, FIN-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland 

E-mail address:

The Journal Virittäjä

The journal, Virittäjä, published by the Society for the Study of Finnish (Kotikielen Seura), is the oldest and most important linguistic journal published in Finnish. It has appeared continuously since 1897.

There are four numbers per volume. Attached to each article is a summary in English, German or French. Virittäjä also includes overviews, lectiones praecursoriae (papers presented by doctoral candidates when publicly defending their theses), commentaries, discussion, and book reviews. (These do not have summaries attached to them.) Summaries from articles published from 1995 are available on the website

Latest issue.

Mailing address

Castrenianum, P.O. Box 3 (Fabianinkatu 33), FIN-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland

E-mail address


The subscription price of one volume is € 80 abroad. Subscriptions to Heidi Vepsäläinen, e-mail:, fax +358-9-19123329.