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Sakari Siltala

Lauri Touko Sakari Siltala
Born October 28, 1984, Helsinki

BA 2008, MA 2010, PhD 2013 (Finnish and Nordic History), University of Helsinki

Siltala Publishing 2008– (publishing editorial work, sales of foreign language publishing rights)
Historian since 2010, contracted historian to the Metsä Group (2010-13), HOK-Elanto (2013-2015), Suomen Kuvalehti (2014-2016)

Research Themes
Economics and capitalism, cooperatives, the forestry industry, cartels and competition laws, trade, the press

Publications, research projects and other scientific activity

Photo: Sakari Siltala
Written by Sakari Siltala and Tero Juutilainen (ed.)
Translated by Matthew Billington

My best memory at the University of Helsinki

My most memorable phase at university was not in Helsinki and actually not even at university at all, but in Montpellier in Southern France, where I spent an exchange year in 2008-9. I didn’t have time to finish the autumn courses because the university went on strike. It took a several  months. A few professors gave lectures in the city squares, but there wasn’t much work, if any.

I still managed to spend my time well: I found an apartment and an Italian roommate, I travelled, met new people, tasted cheap wines, read and learned French, even a couple of words of Italian. In the spring I tried writing a little of my master’s thesis on a historical philosophical topic I understood nothing about in French, but I gave up after about twenty pages. Nevertheless, I managed to collect the minimum credits required (in introductory Arabic, among other courses) and on my return to Finland I started again to receive my student grant, for which I thank the broad-minded University of Helsinki.

At the Peyrou park in Montpellier in the summer of 2009. Photo: Niilo Luotonen.


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