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Queen Lovisa Ulrika of Sweden founded Kongl. Swenska Witterhets Academien, the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters on 20 March 1753. Today, as the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, Vitterhetsakademien promotes and funds research in the humanities and social sciences and in cultural heritage management. Its work is financed by donations and by public and private foundations. The Academy also owns and manages several historic buildings and sites: Skånelaholm Castle in Uppland, Stjernsund Castle in Närke, Rettig House in Stockholm (which houses the offices of the Academy), Stensjö in Småland and Borg and the ringfort of Gråborg on Öland.
The Academy promotes and supports research by funding research projects, research positions, publications, symposia, conferences, projects in internationalisation and digitisation, travel grants, and scholarships. It has several research collaborations with universities and research funding bodies, including the Swedish Research Council, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, and Sweden’s other royal academies. The Academy also collaborates with international learned societies and national academies. It provides expertise when asked by government committees or official commissions of inquiry or when its own interests require it. At the Annual Meeting, held annually on March 20 to mark its foundation, Vitterhetsakademien acknowledges leading researchers through prizes, awards, and medals. Vitterhetsakademien publishes its own journals and book series and supports important scholarly journals.
When the Academy was founded by Queen Lovisa Ulrika on March 20, 1753, its original name was Kongl. Swenska Witterhets Academien (the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters). When Gustav III reconstituted the Academy in 1786, it was given the name that is still current:
Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien. In everyday usage, it is most commonly referred to as Kungl. Vitterhetsakademien.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities
L’Académie Royale Suédoise des Belles-Lettres, de l’Histoire et des Antiquités
Königl. Schwedische Akademie für Literatur, Geschichte und Altertümer
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