The Saara and Björn Wahlroos foundation

About the Foundation

The Saara and Björn Wahlroos foundation was established in 2002 to support and encourage research and debate on financial and social issues. Based on its endowment, it provides grants and other means of support to postdoctorate scholars, researchers, journalists and others engaged in public debate or scholarly work on pertinent social and economic issues. It also receives charitable contributions in support of its work and is registered as a charitable institution under Finnish law.

The Saara and Björn Wahlroos Foundation provides

  • Grants in support of professional education for young journalists with an interest in financial markets and political economy. This excludes applications for full studies, such as grants to finance university studies.
  • Support for research into the operations and regulation of financial markets.
  • Grants to support research and scholarly work in preparation for public and political debate, particularly the study of market based solutions to economic problems.
  • Support for scholarly study of anglo-saxon culture and its interaction and role in the development of financial markets.
  • The application period runs from the 1st of January until the 1st of March of each year.

Inquiries and requests for more information on eligibility as well as the application form can be directed to the Foundation Secretary, Ms. Charlotta Olkinuora: .


Other grants to publications and journalism

Kustaa Hulkko: Pihalla kuin lumiukko ("Haven't got a clue") Edita, Helsinki 2004, is a study of economic policy decision making in Finland in the early 1990's. Mr. Hulkko, a senior staff reporter of the Finnish business daily Kauppalehti, using the minutes of the supervisory board of the Bank of Finland, illuminates the process that lead up to the monetary policy failures that produced the devaluations of 1991 and 1992 and the subsequent economic depression.

Johan Norberg: Globaalin kapitalismin puolustus (In Defence of Global Capitalism) Ajatus, Jyväskylä 2004, is a Finnish language translation of the author's original work in Swedish. Dr. Norberg is a fellow of the Stockholm-based think-tank Timbro. In his important book he makes a compelling argument in favour of free trade and free movement of capital, directed against the ill-informed and often misleading criticism by activists of the left.

Requests for more information can be directed to the Foundation Secretary:

Saara and Björn Wahlroos Foundation
Ms. Charlotta Olkinuora