Mapping the linguistic landscape of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area (MAPHEL)

2020–2023 / Funded by the Emil Aaltonen Foundation


The population of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, comprised of Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen and Vantaa, is becoming increasingly diverse in terms of language, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, location, mobility, and access to labour market and housing.

Understanding this diversity must involve a comprehensive account of which languages the residents use and for what purposes, where and when, because these factors contribute to the formation of identity among both individuals and groups. This helps alleviate risks of increasing inequality, segregation and social disintegration.


Project members

Tuomo Hiippala (principal investigator)

Hanna-Mari Pienimäki (post-doctoral researcher)

Tuomas Väisänen (doctoral researcher)


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