Book Launch: English in the Nordic Countries

bokrelease februari 2024

Welcome to the book launch and panel discussion on the topic ‘English in the Nordic Countries’.

Elizabeth Peterson (editor), along with several prominent researchers, has delved deeply into the coexistence of the Nordic languages with English and their relationship to it. The book presents innovative and interesting new research in the field. Each chapter approaches the issue from a different angle, providing readers with a comprehensive understanding of the Nordic mentality.

When: Thursday, 29 February 2024, from 16 to 19 (programme starts at 16.30)
Where: Nordic Culture Point library, Kaisaniemenkatu 9, Helsinki

Speakers at the event include Louisa Gühr, Helga Hilmisdottir, Samu Kytölä and Elizabeth Peterson.
The discussion will be moderated by Jenny Sylvin.

Drinks and snacks will be served after the panel discussion. It is possible to buy the book at a discounted price at the event.

Book information: Peterson, Elizabeth and Kristy Beers Fägersten (eds). 2023. English in the Nordic Countries: Connections, Tensions, and Everyday Realities. Routledge. For more information, please refer to


Speakers at the launch event

Louisa Gühr, an independent scholar from Finland, is a professional communicator with extensive experience in intercultural and international communication in various settings. In addition to her research background in multilingual practices spanning over four years and culminating in two published theses, she has experience working as a communications professional for both international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and multinational companies.

Helga Hilmisdóttir is a research associate professor and department head at the Department of Icelandic at Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, Iceland. After receiving her PhD in Nordic languages from the University of Helsinki (2007), Hilmisdóttir has worked as a university lecturer at the University of Manitoba and University of Helsinki. Her areas of interest include Anglicisms in spoken interaction, discourse particles, and youth language.

Samu Kytölä is a senior lecturer at the Department of Language and Communication Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. His research interests include the transculturality and multilingualism of football (soccer) discourses, the sociolinguistics of inequalities, sociolinguistic diversity in Finland, the sociolinguistics of globalization, and metapragmatics at large.

Elizabeth Peterson is Senior University Lecturer in English Linguistics at the University of Helsinki. She is the author/editor of several recent books, including Making Sense of “Bad English”: An Introduction to Language Attitudes and Ideologies. She leads project “Language Awareness and Ideologies in Finland”, a 3-year project funded by the Kone Foundation. An immigrant to Finland, her research interests are language equality, language discrimination, language attitudes, and language contact.

Said about the book:
“The Nordic languages have a millennium of spatial co-existence, but it is only through a view from outside, from the perspective of the influence of English for less than a century that it has gained social, cultural, and linguistic unity as a coherent place. This volume is an exciting and innovative take on the Nordic languages, with each chapter showcasing the latest research in its respective subfield and forming an indispensable set of readings for a deeper understanding of the Nordic mentality. The editors’ final chapter not only successfully brings the findings by the respective authors together, but also in a creative fashion presents the views of ten eminent Nordic scholars on the relation between English and the Nordic languages.”
(Jan-Ola Östman, prof. em. University of Helsinki, Finland)


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