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Welcome to the Hjelt Foundations

The three Hjelt Foundations were created because of very important events that have considerably influenced my life.

Having lost a child due to Spina Bifida, a most traumatic experience that no family should have to go through, the Bo Hjelt Foundation for Spina Bifida in memory of Madeleine Hjelt was set up to aid research into its’ prevention.

The Bo and Kerstin Hjelt Foundation for research into Diabetes II was set up because, being a diabetic myself, I wanted to contribute to research in this field as it is increasing rapidly worldwide.

Finally, The Allan and Bo Hjelt Art Foundation was created in honour of my parents. I wanted to return to Finland some pieces of art that my Finnish-born father had collected; and to create the Falsterbonaset Open Air Museum in memory of my mother’s happy times in Falsterbo (five bronze statues by the Swedish sculptor Gudmar Olovson).

The Hjelt Foundations’ main objectives are to support scientific research and to work towards the internationalization of Finnish art life.

Bo Hjelt


How can museums become modern and visitor-friendly yet stay true to their architectural heritage? We are honoured to have Mr Wim Pijbes and Mr Berndt Arell, directors of two of the most important National Galleries in the world with us in Helsinki on October 21st at the Ateneum.

Next application period for research grants will be October 15 to December 15. Research grants are awarded to applicants at the Medical Faculties of Lund University, Sweden and Geneva University, Switzerland.