Suomen Ateenan-instituutti

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The Suomen Ateenan-Instituutti ( Swedish Finlands Athens Institute , Greek Φινλανδικό Ινστιτούτο Αθηνών , SAI 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 founded in 1984 and in 1985 raised to the rank of "Archaeological School" by the Greek Ministry of Culture. It is financed and managed by private companies and foundations. The directors of the institute, currently Björn Forsén (2018), are appointed for three years.

The institute's mission is to advance research on Greek history, archeology and culture, from ancient times to the present. It is the contact point for Finnish researchers in Greece and 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 premises are available to researchers and scholarship holders.

Facilities and research

Together with the archaeological institutes of the Swedes, Danes and Norwegians, 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 .

An archaeological research in the form of surveys or excavations, the institute since 1999, active in Thessaly Arethousa in, aitolisch-Acarnanian Stratos and thesprotischen Kokytos involved.

List of directors

  • Paavo Castrén (1984–1988)
  • Jaakko Frösén (1988–1992)
  • Henrik Lilius (1992)
  • Gunnar af Hällström (1993–1995)
  • Kirsti Simonsuuri (1995–1997)
  • Olli Salomies (1997-2000)
  • Leena Pietilä-Castrén (2000-2004)
  • Björn Forsén (2004-2007)
  • Martti Leiwo (2008-2012)
  • Jari Pakkanen (2013-2017)
  • Björn Forsén (since 2018)

See also


  • Elena Korka (Ed.): Foreign Archaeological Schools in Greece: 160 Years . Greek Ministry of Culture, Athens 2005, pp. 152–157.

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