Laura Kolbe

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Laura Kolbe in 2008.

Laura Kolbe (born September 9, 1957, Bogotá, Colombia) is a Finnish professor of European history at the University of Helsinki. She is also a Helsinki City Council member, representing the Centre Party and the Inspector of Eteläsuomalainen osakunta, student nation representing Southern Finland.

Life and career[edit]

Kolbe was born to a German Russian economist father, Boris, and a Finnish journalist mother, Pirkko (fi).[1] Kolbe earned her M.A. in history at the University of Helsinki and in 1989 she completed her Ph.D. Her thesis, Kulosaari - A Dream of a Better Future (1988) dealt with early suburbanization in Helsinki compared to other Scandinavian capitals, London, and Berlin. From 1983 to 1991 Kolbe worked as a curator for Mannerheim Museum in Helsinki and she is a member in the governing body of the museum. In 1994 Kolbe was appointed Senior Lecturer at the University of Helsinki, teaching urban, social and cultural history as well as the history of ideas. During 1996 to 2000 she worked as an adviser for Mrs Eeva Ahtisaari, wife of Mr. Martti Ahtisaari, President of Finland.[2]


  • Kolbe, Laura, Portraying Finland: Facts and Insights. 2005. Otava. (ISBN 9511201514). 168 pp.
  • Kolbe, Laura, Ihanuuksien ihmemaa – Suomalaisen itseymmärryksen jäljillä. 201o. Kirjapaja. (ISBN 9522470546). 167 pp.
  • Kolbe, Laura, Yläluokka – Olemisen sietämätön vaikeus. 2014. Kirjapaja. (ISBN 9522881236). 257 pp.


  1. ^ Boris Kolbe (in Finnish) Helsingin Sanomat
  2. ^ General History, Staff, University of Helsinki. Retrieved on 14 April 2016

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