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English translatorAlpo Ratia

– Finnish national with English as a native language
– Lived in USA 17 years, Sweden 11, Germany 7, and India 7 years
– Fluent also in Finnish, Swedish, and German
– Freelance translator and proof-reader part-time since 1974
– International background and skills in intercultural communication
– Cum laudes in Pol science, Sociology & Comp relig from Helsinki Univ
– Ph.cand degree from Uppsala University in Comparative religion
– Ph.D studies at Uppsala and Delhi Universities
– Diplomas in Swedish, Freelance translating, Information technology
– Member of the Kulttuuriteko Cooperative since December 2007


Asia specialist

– Writer, lecturer and consultant on Asian culture, history and affairs
– Regional focus: South Asia (India), Himalayas, Central Asia (Tibet)
– Further researcher training in Indian and Tibetan studies at Copenhagen and Hamburg Universities
– Resided 3 years in the Himalayas in a Tibetan refugee settlement
– Carried out fieldwork in India and Nepal
– Member of international scholarly associations IABS and IATS
– Board member of Finnish NGOs (Asiatic Society, Etnia Association, Finland’s Asia-Europe Peoples’ Forum preparatory committee)
– CV (including Selective bibliography) available upon request


English translating and editing

– Finnish to English, Swedish to English, even German to English
– Subject areas: culture, Asia, humanities and social sciences
– Specialities: ethnography, folklore, literature science, Asian culture and history; art history, native peoples, human rights, development cooperation, creative living, worldviews, comparative religion, museums and galleries
– Types of literature: scientific literature, fiction, and factual texts
– Special text types: histories, biographies, monographs, reports, articles, essays, film reviews, events calendars, tourism brochures
– Proofreading, editing and revising English texts


Asia consulting

– Giving introductory talks or specialized lectures on Asian topics
– Giving consultations or writing articles to order
– Participating in panel discussions or giving interviews



– ”The result has always been translations that have withstood criticism from experts.” (Urpo Vento, Secretary of the Finnish Literature Society)
– ”Rare expertise on Asia, its peoples and cultures.” (Juha Janhunen, professor for East Asian languages and cultures at Helsinki University)