The Society of Finnish Slavists was founded in 1964 to advance research of and knowledge about Slavic languages in Finland. Currently it has a little over 100 members. Among its activities is the annual “Slavic day.” In recent years, its topics have included the role of translators in the transformation of the image of “Eastern Europe,” the role of languages in the creation of national identities among the Slavs, and Slavic speaking minorities in Finland.
The Society is a constituent national committee of the International Committee of Slavists (ICM). It does not have its own publication, but it publishes the contributions of Finnish Slavists in the International Congress of Slavists in cooperation with other publishers. Members of the Society can order Idäntutkimus – The Finnish Review of Russian and East European Studies and Scando-Slavica for member price.
The Society is also constituent national organization of the Nordic Slavist association Nordiska slavistförbundet. In addition, the society is member of the Federation of the Finnish Learned Societies.
The board of the Society honors excellent master’s theses with Maria Widnäs Found.
The archives of the Society are held in the National Library of Finland (signum Coll. 740).