The Finnish Institute at Athens was founded in 1984, as the second Finnish institute abroad. It is an academic institution with a mission to carry out and promote the study of Greek archaeology, history, language and culture from ancient times to the present day.

The Institute carries out its own research projects, including fieldwork, organizes international colloquia and lectures and distributes a scholarly publication series. Furthermore, it arranges introductory courses concerning ancient Greece for undergraduate students, and helps Finnish scholars and students working in Greece. Finally, it organizes cultural events in order to promote the knowledge of Finnish culture in Greece and Greek culture in Finland.

The institute operates in a neoclassical building in the city centre, south of the Acropolis. Nearby are the institutes of Italy, Netherlands, Australia and the other Nordic countries.

The Staff

The Director and the Assistant Director of the Institute are appointed for a period of three years. They are both scholars whose field of research is connected with Greece. Other staff include an administrator, a research assistant and trainees. The Koroneos building, located in the Gyzi district, to the north of the city centre, employs a secretary and a caretaker.
Jari Pakkanen

Jari Pakkanen

Director

pakkanen@finninstitute.gr

Vesa Vahtikari

Vesa Vahtikari

Assistant Director

vahtikari@finninstitute.gr

Maria Martzoukou

Maria Martzoukou

Senior Administrator
Maria Gourdouba

Maria Gourdouba

Research and office assistant

The Trainees

Heidi Kovanen

Koroneos Building

Caretaker: Joakim Stavropoulos
Secretary: Leena Katsantoni
Cleaner: Kamila Kiriakis

Staff 1984 –

 

Directors 1984 –

1.9.1984 – 31.7.1988          Paavo Castrén

1.8.1988 – 31.7.1992          Jaakko Frösén

1.8.1992 – 31.12.1992        Henrik Lilius

1.1.1993 – 31.7.1995          Gunnar af Hällström

1.8.1995 – 31.7.1997          Kirsti Simonsuuri

1.8.1997 – 31.7.2000          Olli Salomies

1.8.2000 – 31.7.2004          Leena Pietilä-Castrén

1.8.2004 – 31.12.2007        Björn Forsén

1.1.2008 – 30.6.2013          Martti Leiwo

1.9.2013 –      Jari Pakkanen

 

 

Assistant Directors 1990 –

1.8.1990 – 31.10.1993        Martti Leiwo

1.1.1994 – 31.7.1997          Petra Pentikäinen [Pakkanen]

1.8.1997 – 31.8.2000          Jari Pakkanen

1.9. – 30.9.2000                  Petra Pakkanen

1.10.2000 – 31.7.2003        Marjaana Vesterinen

1.8.2003 – 31.12.2006        Esko Tikkala

1.1.2007 – 31.12.2010        Vesa Vahtikari

1.1.2011 – 31.12.2014        Saara Kauppinen

1.1.2015 –      Vesa Vahtikari

 

 

Administrator 1984 –

1.2.1985 –      Maria Martzoukou

 

Research and office assistant 2000 –

2000 –            Maria Gourdouba

 

Other employees 1984 –

1984 – 2003   Koula Papandreou

1992 – 2006   Olga Papadatou

1996 –            Joakim Stavropoulos

2000 –            Leena Katsantoni

2002 – 2004   Toula Protonotariou

2004 –            Kamila Riskalla

The Libraries

Opening times

Mon–Fre 9AM–7PM
adress: Kavalloti 7, GR-11742 Athens
tel: +30 210 9249210
fax: +30 210 9216487
http://www.norlib.gr
info@norlib.gr

Nordic Library

The Nordic library is administrated collaboratively by the Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish Institutes. The library is located next door to the Finnish Institute. Opened in 1995, the main purpose of the library is to serve scholars and students specialising in ancient studies. The library includes some 40 000 volumes, mainly dealing with the archaeology, culture and history of ancient Greece.

The head librarian is Evi Charitoudi and the assistant librarian Vibeke Espholm-Kurtovik.

Reference library of the Institute

The institute itself has a small reference library containing some ancient literature, reference books and modern Finnish and Greek prose. The core of the library consists of books donated by the late Professor of Greek Language and Literature, Henrik Zilliacus.