Finland the theme country of the Helsinki Book Fair 2017

In 2017 the Helsinki Book Fair’s main focus will be on Finnish literature and culture, Finnish authors, the essence of Finnishness and, of course, Finland’s history as the country celebrates its 100 years of independence. The focus is also on the Finland of tomorrow as Finnish authors, politicians and futurists are all brought to the same symposium table. The Helsinki Book Fair is next time organised 26-29 October 2017.

”We want to celebrate the Finnish culture from a global point of view as Finnish literature is now read more widely around the world than ever before.” Programme Director Jan Erola from the Helsinki Book Fair gives thanks to the successful sales of translation rights. In addition to celebrating Finland’s centenary, the year 2017 also marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of C.G.E. Mannerheim, Finland’s former president and military leader. Also many other special events and anniversaries are celebrated at the Helsinki Book Fair in 2017.

”In addition to all these anniversaries and historical milestones, our focus is also in the future”, states Erola. “A road map for the future of Finland is compiled in a symposium that gathers Finnish authors, politicians and futurists.”

The theme countries of the Helsinki Book Fair have in the past been Great Britain (2006), Norway (2007), Sweden (2009), France (2010), Estonia (2011), Hungary (2012), Germany (2013), Italy (2014), Russia (2015) and the Nordic countries (2016).

The Helsinki Book Fair is organised Thu-Sun, 27–30 October 2016 at Messukeskus Helsinki. The event is open ThuFri 10 am–8 pm and SatSun 10 am–6 pm. Admission also to the Wine & Food event. Pictures from the event free for publishing

Live broadcast from the Helsinki Book Fair on YLE Teema on Friday 28 October from 11 am to 2 pm, and from 3 pm to 7 pm, on Saturday 29 October from 10.30 am to 2 pm, and from 3 pm to 5.30 pm. #kirjamessut #HBF2016

For more information, please contact:

Helsinki Book Fair, Communications Manager Teija Armanto, Messukeskus Helsinki, tel. +358 50 376 0804,
Programme Director Jan Erola, tel. +358 40 506 4612,