Go Back

Mikael Reuter

Born May 17, 1943, Helsinki

Master of Arts 1969 (Scandinavian languages), Licentiate 1982, University of Helsinki

Head of the department of Swedish 1992–2008, Institute for the Languages of Finland
Senior researcher (specialised in Swedish for public administration) 1987–92
Researcher (department of Swedish) 1976–87
Teaching assistant in Scandinavian languages 1970–76, University of Helsinki
Secretary General of the Swedish-speaking School Student Union of Finland 1963–64

Research themes
At university primarily the phonetics of Swedish in Finland, particularly the variety spoken in Helsinki. Later, more generally the relationship of Fenno-Swedish to Swedish in Sweden.

Publications, awards and honours

Photo: Peter Slotte
Written by Mikael Reuter (Tomas Sjöblom, ed.)
Translated by Matthew Billington

Publications, awards, and honours

Mikael Reuter has published dictionaries, numerous books and hundreds of columns. For his significant work in the promotion of Fenno-Swedish and Nordic language cooperation he has been awarded many prizes and honours. In this article, we have compiled a list of his publications and the prizes and honours awarded to him.


  • Så här ska det låta. Om finlandssvenska och språkriktighet, 2014
  • Finlandssvensk ordbok (with Charlotta af Hällström-Reijosen) 2000, latest edition 2008
  • Svensk uttalsordlista ( with Jamima Löfströmin), 1994
  • Översättning och språkriktighet 1991, latest edition 2006
  • The manual Att förstå varandra i Norden (with Catharina Grünbaumin) 1986, latest edition 2013
  • The language column “Reuters rutain Hufvudstadsbladet 1986–2013, a total of around 730 columns (a selection of which are published is the series Reuters rutor 1–3 (1992, 1996, 2007)
  • The licentiate thesis Kvantitet i Helsingforssvenskan 1982 (unpublished)


Awards and honours

  • Finland prize of the Swedish Academy 2015 (Svenska Akademiens Finlandspris 2015)
  • The Society of Swedish Literature in Finland (SLS) prize from the Ingrid, Margit and Henrik Höijer fund (for the book Så här ska det låta. Om finlandssvenska och språkriktighet) 2015
  • Medal for participation in 40 successive annual language meetings, Nordic language meeting, Stockholm 2014
  • Hedershugo (honorary membership of the Hugo Bergroth Society) 2014 Honorary member of the Society of Swedish Literature in Finland (SLS) 2014
  • Sweden’s Order of the Polar Star, 1st class, 2006
  • Honorary member of the Finnish Association of Translators and Interpreters 2005
  • Honorary title of Verkligt språkråd, Hugo Bergroth society, May 17, 2003
  • The Allt vad vi äga samman plaque, the Society of Swedish Literature in Finland (SLS), February 5, 2003
  • Knight of the Order of the Finnish Lions (1st class) December 6, 2002
  • Honorary PhD, Umeå University, October 10, 2001
  • Waldemar von Frenckells stiftelse Foundation prize 2000
  • Bronze medal of merit of the Swedish Assembly of Finland 1995
  • Language planning award of the Swedish Academy 1998
  • Finnish Association of Translators and Interpreters gold medal of merit 1987
  • Order of the White Rose of Finland, December 6, 1987
Go Back