The Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters is a national science academy. The academy was founded in 1838 to promote scientific discussion and publication within sciences and humanities. It aims to promote the sciences by:

-organizing lectures, seminars and symposiums concerning current topics
-conducting publication activity
-distributing research grants and awards
-contributing to the research community's contacts both nationally and internationally
-offering the Society members multidisciplinary contacts

The Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters is a science academy to which researchers are invited based on their scientific merits. The society is divided into four sections:
I: mathematics and physics
II: biosciences,
III: the humanities,
IV: social sciences
Every section has 30 regular members who are members for a lifetime.  When a member has turned 67 his position becomes vacant but older members still retain their rights. Also foreign members belong to the Finnish Society of Sciences and letters.