Ruth Urbom


Full-time translator from Swedish, Finnish and German into English


State-authorised translator ("auktoriserad translator"/"auktorisoitu kääntäjä") from Swedish and Finnish into English. BA and MA degrees in German literature. Institute of Linguists DipTrans, German-English. Taught German to undergraduates at Brown University in the USA. Formerly employed by OUP as a lexicographer.

Former Chair of SELTA (2012-2018).

I lead occasional practical translation workshops and seminars on corpus linguistics for translators.

In 2014 and 2015 I served as a mentor for Finnish in the British Centre for Literary Translation's mentorship programme. I taught the German group on the Translate in the City summer course at City University from 2014 to 2016.

I particularly enjoy translating works containing contemporary colloquial language, slang and humour.

Full list of publications available on request.

Selected Publications

I am Zlatan IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović, David Lagercrantz. I am Zlatan Ibrahimović.

Penguin UK, 2013. ISBN 9780241966839.

Shortlisted for the 2013 William Hill Sports Book of the Year award. It was the only translated book on the longlist.