Finnland. Cool. - Our Guest of Honour 2014

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We are looking forward to having a cool time with Finland. On 25 June, the Finnland. Cool. team presented Finland’s literary and cultural programmes at the Guest of Honour 2014 press conference. With all the events they have planned, it promises to be an exciting time.

Learn more about the Finland programme:

  • Literary programme: From June to December, the Finnish influence will be palpable all over Germany. The highlight, of course, will be in October at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2014.
  • Exhibition programme in Frankfurt: Starting in July, a range of exhibitions will draw cultural enthusiasts to Frankfurt’s museums and cultural institutions.

Finland in the calendar of events

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The first readings and exhibitions are in our calendar of events. Find out what events are happening around our Guest of Honour Finland below. To learn about events in general visit our calender of events.

  • You can find all the Finland events taking place at the fair here
  • Planed Finnland events outside the fair grounds can be found are here

Images from the Guest of Honour press conference 2014

The Guest of Honour pavilion

True to the motto Finnland. Cool.
For the first time in the history of the Frankfurt Book Fair, the Guest of Honour pavilion will be curated by design students. The three young artists from Aalto University in Helsinki – Natalia Baczyńska Kimberley, Nina Kosonen and Matti Mikkilä – presented their design at Finland’s press conference on 25 June at the Literaturhaus Frankfurt.

Welcome Finland

The three winning designs of the 2014 poster contest
See the other 2014 winners and all winners from 2006 to date

Finland. From A to Ö

The Guest of Honour introduces itself in this animated clip and gives us a short lesson in the Finnish language:

Finnish authors at the Leipzig Book Fair 2014

The Leipzig Book Fair was held from 13 to 16 March 2014. We were there, along with 10 Finnish authors, who provided us with a literary taste of what’s to come in October. Learn more about the authors and their works in the photo gallery:

The hand-over of the Guest Scroll

The Frankfurt Book Fair cordially gives thanks to a wonderful Guest of Honour Finland and passes on the Guest Scroll (an object of art) to its warmly welcomed successor Indonesia which will be the Guest of Honour 2015 under the motto "17,000 Islands of Imagination".
Finnish text of the Guest Scroll

Our Guest of Honour Team

Simone Bühler
Frankfurt Book Fair
Simone Bühler
t: +49 (0) 69 2102249
f: +49 (0) 69 2102 46249
Karina Goldberg
Frankfurt Book Fair
Karina Goldberg
t: +49 (0) 69 2102162
f: +49 (0) 69 2102 46162

Organising Committee Finland 2014

Project Director:
Iris Schwanck
FILI - Finnish Literature Exchange
P.O.Box 259, FI-00171 Helsinki

Contact person in Frankfurt:
Kirsti Pärssinen / Project Coordinator
(FILI desk in Frankfurt)
t: +49 (0) 69 2102301

Press contact Guest of Honour Finland:
WBCO Public Relations & Business Communications GmbH
Silvia Lenz
Krögerstraße 2
D-60313 Frankfurt am Main
t: +49 (0) 69 133 880 37

Contact person in Finland:
Päivi Haarala / Project Coordinator
t: +358 (0)40 546 8645

Contact person Literary Programme
Maria Antas / Head of Literary Programme
Tiia Strandén / Head of Literary Programme

Logo Download:

Download the Book Fair/Guest of Honour 2014 logos here.

Finnish authors in Frankfurt

Over 50 Finnish authors are coming to Frankfurt in October.
Klick the banner below and find out more about the authors:

Translation support programme from Finland

A total of 728,000 euros in grants were approved in 2013 already! Guest of Honour Finland and FILI (Finnish Literature Exchange) support the publication of Finnish literature in other languages ​​with various funding programmes for publishers, translators, event organisers and authors. Next to translation and printing grants, FILI offers travel, sample translation and promotion funding programmes as well. Interested publishers can find all information and online application forms here:
Press information: Translation Funding Finland (in German)

The Finnish book market

Finland, where reading and writing have traditionally been seen as very important, is characterised by a trilingual book market. Books are published in Finnish and Finland Swedish, and increasingly also in the language of the Sami. With around 10,000 new releases a year, Finland occupies a leading position among European countries, in terms of the number of books published per head of the population. You can find further details about the Finnish book market in the PDF below.
Book market Finland

Guest of Honour Newsfeed

Finland in our Social Media channels