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Mikko Laakso

Mikko Taneli Laakso
Born October 9, 1963, Lohja.

Master of Arts, 1990 and Licentiate of Philosophy (General History) 2000, University of Helsinki
Diplôme européen d’etudes medievales 1994 (Diploma awarded by FIDEM, the European Universities network for medieval research)
Archivist Diploma (National Archives Service of Finland), 1993

Researcher, Spiritus Historiae Ltd 1990- (fulltime from 2000)
Archivist, School of Art and Design, 1992-1995
Researcher, Department of Sociology (Demographics research unit), University of Helsinki, 1995-2000
Part-time researcher, Samfundet Folkhälsan, 2003-2011

Research interests: Finnish economic and social history, history of organisations and history of Finnish library services

Photo: Mika Federley
Written by Mikko Laakso and Riitta-Ilona Hurmerinta (ed.)
Translated by John Calton

My best memories of the University of Helsinki

Being accepted to study history in Helsinki was a dream come true, and I got in on my second attempt. I became active in student organisations, and was part of the 1987 board of the student organisation for history students, Kronos ry.

I started my studies in 1983 and received my Licentiate degree in 2000. My study years were filled with countless wonderful moments in lectures, seminars and student life, and I did work as a researcher at the University for many years afterwards.

If I had to single out one particular moment, it’s probably the ‘nachspiel’ of a Kronos party, in 1986 as I recall. The party had finished at the New Student Building and after having cleaned the place our lively student group went to what was Café Maria in those days in the small hours to wait for the first buses and trains of the morning. That was youth at its best! As for my teachers, I would like to mention Matti Viikari, who gave both humane and expert advice to a student who was working on a Master’s thesis on a subject he was not acquainted with.

Mikko Laakso in the University main buildning's café, summer 1985. Photo: Timo Salonen.​
Mikko Laakso in the University main buildning's café, summer 1985. Photo: Timo Salonen.​


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