About us

    About the Institute

    The Nordic Institute of Latin American Studies conducts and promotes research concerning Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition, the institute’s tasks include information about current events; documentation; and library services in the area of Latin American studies. The institute is a part of Stockholm University. Research at the institute is multidisciplinary and primarily oriented towards the social sciences. The institute has well-established contacts with researchers and institutions in Latin American and the rest of the world.

    History of the Institute

    The origins of the Stockholm Institute of Latin American Studies (LAIS) go back to the foundation of the Ibero American Library and Institute at the Stockholm School of Economics in 1951. On May 29th, 1969 the institute was given an independent status and the wider roles as a coordinating and information center for Latin American studies in Sweden. At this juncture its name was changed to the present one, and closer cooperation with Stockholm University was initiated. In 1977 the LAIS became incorporated into the university. The first chairman of the restructured institute was economist Gunnar Myrdal and its first director, the historian, Magnus Mörner.

    Press Contact Information

    Institute's press contact information
    Tel. +46 8 674 7119

    University's press service
    Tel. +46 8 16 40 90

    Information about our research
    Find more information about our research in the section Resarchers (researchers' personal homepages) and Research section (top menu).

    Press room
    In the Press room you can read and listen some of our researchers commenting on current events in media.



    Postal address:
    Stockholms universitet
    Nordic Institute of Latin American Studies
    106 91 Stockholm

    Visiting address:
    Universitetsvägen 10 B, (hus B, plan 5)


    Tel: 08-674 7119 & 08-16 2882
    08-16 2887
    Fax: 08-15 65 82
    E-post: info@lai.su.se

    Director of the Institute
    Thaïs Machado Borges