Finnish PEN was founded in 1928 and since then it has played a pivotal role in the Finnish cultural life. Former presidents include Frans Sillanpää who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature during his presidency in 1939. Nowadays Finnish PEN has 370 members: writers, translators, literary critics, journalists and publishers. The board and the president are elected every three years. Finnish PEN organises literature events and defends the freedom of expression both in Finland and in the international arena. There are five committees working actively: Writers at Risk, Women Writers, Translation and Linguistic Rights, Writers for Peace and the brand new Committee for Non-Fiction Writers and Rearchers. Finnish PEN campaigns to support three honorary members: Aron Atabek, Dawit Isaak, Uladzimir Njakljajeu (Vladimir Neklyaev).