Athens World Book Capital 2018

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Athens is the World Book Capital in 2018. The city celebrates books, reading, culture and events bringing unique experiences to both citizens and visiting guests. The Embassy is happy to participate with various projects during the year.

Every year UNESCO awards the title of World Book Capital to a city and Athens was nominated for 2018 for the quality of its activities supported by the domestic book industry.

Until April 22, 2019, Athens invites locals and visitors, people from all around the nation and the world, to come and enjoy literary magic as well as to discover some unknown cultural aspects in institutes around the city, libraries, cultural sites and big festivals.

“The event aims to inspire, create and offer incentives for reading. We want books to be available in every neighbourhood, for all the city’s residents through more than 250 events planned over the next 12 months,” said Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis during a press conference at City Hall ahead of the official launch.

Under the slogan “Books Everywhere”, internationally acclaimed authors as well as Greek representatives of the arts, literature, music and culture will be participating in Book Year events.

The Embassy is proud to participate within various projects during the year by focusing on the importance of books, research, literature, book industry, reading, and library institutions.


 #THENORDICS: Traces of the North
Traces are not about showing The Nordics to the world, they are about showing   The Nordics in the world. The concept is simple. We are curating stories that   embody our shared values. Traces of North can be large or small; they can be   an idea, a movement, a feeling, or even a product, anything that has made its   way from The Nordics into the world.


Supported by The Nordic Council of Ministers TheNordics, the Nordic Embassies and Institutes and the Nordic Library in Athens, as well as the Embassy of Iceland in Oslo, accredited to Athens, joined forces to participate in the Athens2018 celebrations. 
Identifying interesting and contemporary topics in collaboration with important Greek partners such as the National Library of Greece and publishers (Metaixmio, Dioptra, Psychogios, Kalendis, Patakis and Fantastiskos kosmos), we are organizing three events (projects) profiling the Nordic countries under the common over title: The Nordic Narrative in Athens.

The first one is on crime fiction and how Nordic society is portrayed through this literary genre. A round table discussion with guests from all Nordic countries on the 31st October will focus on the topic, while presentations of Nordic crime authors will take place within the Athens2018 year.

The second project aims to present the role of public libraries through a series of workshops with experts from our countries on the 30th November, while the third project is organized at the Nordic Library in Athens. The Library will open its doors to a broader public presenting an exhibition on Nordic travellers to Athens in the 19th and 20th century and with a series of lectures on the topic beginning in December 2018. 
Click here for more information about the Nordic Narrative.  


Norwegian events in connection with the Nordic Narrative 

The Embassy and Norwegian Institute at Athens also support a presentation of Henrik Ibsen’s works translated into Greek by Diorthoseis publications on May 21st 2018 and will participate at the Athens Literary walk organized by EUNIC on September 29th  2018 with acclaimed author Ole Robert Sunde.



Norway will be Guest   of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2019, the world’s largest and most   important meeting place for literature. Follow the latest news from NORLA   (Norwegian Literature Abroad) at