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Jarmo LainioProfessor of Finnish

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Curriculum Vitae

Jarmo Lainio published his Ph.D. thesis in 1989 at Uppsala University (Spoken Finnish in Urban Sweden). He holds the Chair of Finnish at Stockholm University since 2008. He was the head of the Centre for Finnish Studies (2003-2011), and its Guest Professor (2011-2014), at Mälardalen University, Eskilstuna, Sweden.

His research covers sociolinguistics, bilingual studies/education, the sociology of language, minority languages, language policy and educational linguistics. He has published about 100 works on these issues, in English, Swedish and Finnish. He is Docent at the University of Tampere, Finland, since 1994. He was Visiting Research Fellow at University of Ottawa, Canada (1990-1991) and  Senior lecturer at the Centre for Research on Bilingualism, Stockholm University (1998-2004). 

He has supervised PhD works in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Karelia/Russia on various minority languages. Within teacher education he is since 2014 involved in the recently developed mother tongue teacher education and further training of the national minority language Finnish; connected to this is the recently founded network of teacher training educators of the national minority languages of Sweden.

Since 2006 Lainio is the Swedish member of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts, which monitors the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages; 2015-2017 and 2020-2022 he is also a member of its Bureau/Chair’s committee. He is involved in several international networks on the promotion of multilingual education, multilingualism, language policy and linguistic diversity.

In February 2017 he was appointed Special Commissioner for the Swedish Government's inquiry on the improvement of mother tongue instruction for the five national minority languages of Sweden. It was published under the title of SOU 2017:91.

Current Position:

Professor of Finnish, Department of Slavic and Baltic languages, Finnish, Dutch and German, Stockholm University (2008-).


Teaching at basic level and postgraduate levels.

Supervising at all postgraduate levels and teaching at doctorate degree level



Research within the fields of sociolinguistics, variational linguistics, minority language issues and language policy with a special focus on Sweden Finnish and Meänkieli, as well as within educational linguistics, especially targeting bilingual education.


A selection from Stockholm University publication database

Show all publications by Jarmo Lainio at Stockholm University