Norske Institutt i Athens

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The Norske Institutt I Athens ( Greek Νορβηγικό Ινστιτούτο Αθηνών , or NIA for short ) is one of 17 foreign archaeological institutes in Greece , all of which have their headquarters in Athens .

History and tasks

The institute was opened on May 8, 1989 and raised to the rank of "Archaeological School" by the Greek Ministry of Culture. It was founded under the auspices of the Norwegian Ministry of Higher Education, and is financed and administered by the Universities of Bergen , Oslo , Tromsø and Trondheim . The institute is currently headed by Jorunn Økland .

The institute's mission is to advance research on the cultural heritage of antiquity, Greek culture, history, archeology and language. Contemporary Greek culture also plays an important role. It is the contact point for Norwegian researchers in Greece and, together with the Norwegian embassy in Greece, serves the cultural exchange of both countries and the deepening of the cultural understanding of both nations. It organizes readings, exhibitions, seminars and congresses. The institute's guest house is available to researchers and scholarship holders.

Facilities and research

Together with the archaeological institutes of the Swedes, Danes and Finns, the institute runs the Nordic Library at Athens , which was founded in 1996 and comprises around 40,000 volumes on the archeology of Greece and ancient history .

Archaeological investigations in the form of surveys or excavations are carried out or carried out by the institute in Tegea , Ithaki and Petropigi east of Kavala .


Since 1991, the institute has published the irregularly appearing Papers from the Norwegian Institute at Athens , which publishes thematic studies, congresses and anthologies. Since 1997, monographic study volumes have been published in the series Monographs from the Norwegian Institute at Athens .

List of directors


  • Elena Korka (Ed.): Foreign Archaeological Schools in Greece: 160 Years . Greek Ministry of Culture, Athens 2005, pp. 126-133.

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