Who are we?

Akasie språktjenester AS is the centre of a network of freelance consultants with various language specialisations. The company has long-term contracts with large government agencies and several academic institutions.




Akasie språktjenester AS is the centre of a network of freelance consultants with university degrees in various disciplines in addition to mother-tongue competence in the languages with which they work. All are Norwegian government-authorised translators or possess equivalent competence and experience.

We have several long-term contracts with large government agencies and academic institutions.

The company was founded in 2001 as a spin-off from a former subsidiary of the University of Oslo, providing language courses to external clients. Akasie gradually reduced its activities in this area in order to concentrate on other language services. Today the firm is a well-established, highly reputed agency providing translation of both academic and other texts.

The firm currently has three permanent employees in addition to our network of 35 independent consultants working with us as associates.



svanhild storbråten

Managing director and owner of Akasie språktjenester AS. She has a degree in social science and worked abroad on a number of international assignments for FK Norway and the Norwegian Refugee Council in the 1980s and 1990s.

Svanhild had overall management responsibility for language training and language services for Norad and FK Norway from 1993 and has continued this in her own firm from 2001. She is responsible for sales, tendering and contracts.


jane honor main thompson

Language director, with a master’s degree in modern languages (University of Cambridge, UK) and a further degree in translation (University of Westminster, UK). She has experience of international development work, having worked for several years for the UN, as well as extensive experience of text production, translation and editing.

Jane is Akasie’s language director and is responsible for quality assurance of English translations and language editing. She coordinates and manages large translation projects. In addition she translates from Norwegian to English, specialising in translation of medical texts and documents relating to development cooperation. She is also the day-to-day client contact person.


erik hansen

Translator with an honours degree in political science and humanities, former social science researcher. Translates Swedish, Danish, German and English into Norwegian, and Norwegian into English, with labour relations, public administration, community medicine and statistics as his specialties. He also works with text editing, development and production in Norwegian and English, and is Akasie’s consultant for terminology related to his specialist areas. He is also responsible for development of terminology lists, as well maintenance of Akasie’s IT system.


Network of translators



The firm operates as a network enterprise based on long-term agreements with independent consultants. All are Norwegian government-authorised translators or possess equivalent competence through their academic studies and experience. Akasie has a loyal, talented group of professionals who are willing to go the extra mile to deliver work of the highest quality. Our core group of translators has worked with us for many years and is accustomed to working as a team and proofreading each other’s work.