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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 institute’s activities are the responsibility of its director and assistant director, who are both chosen for a three-year term. Both are scholars whose research interests are connected with Greece. Additionally, the institute staff includes a senior administrator, a research and office assistant, as well as one or several trainees. The institute’s guesthouse at Koroneos Building is managed by a caretaker, a secretary, and a cleaner.


Petra Pakkanen

Assistant Director

Antti Lampinen

Senior Administrator

Maria Martzoukou

Research and Office Assistant

Maria Gourdouba


Andrea Nyholm

Trainees 1996 –

Staff at Koroneos Building

Secretary: Vasiliki Katsantoni


Property Manager: Joakim Stavropoulos

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 – 31.12.2017        Jari Pakkanen

1.1.2018 – 31.12.2020       Björn Forsén

1.1.2021 – Petra Pakkanen

Assistant Directors 1990 – 2014

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

1.9.2000 – 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 – 30.6.2018          Vesa Vahtikari

1.7.2018 –                            Antti Lampinen


1.2.1985 –                       Maria Martzoukou

Research and office assistant

2000 –                             Maria Gourdouba

Other employees 1984 –

1984 – 2003                     Koula Papandreou

1992 – 2006                     Olga Papadatou

1996 –                               Joakim Stavropoulos

2000 – 2022            Leena Katsantoni

2002 – 2004                     Toula Protonotariou

2004 –                               Kamila Kiriakis

2018 – 2019                     Sebastian Boulter



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 Jens Mangerud  and the Assistant Librarian Patrick Talatas.

Go to the online catalogue

Opening times

Mon–Fre 9AM–7PM
Address: Kavalloti 7, GR-11742 Ateena
tel: +30 210 9249210
fax: +30 210 9216487


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.