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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 research officer, a administrative coordinator, as well as one or several trainees. The institute’s guesthouse at Koroneos Building is managed by a coordinator, a property manager, and a cleaner.


Petra Pakkanen

Assistant Director

Lassi Jakola

Research Officer

Maria Gourdouba

Administrative Coordinator

Vasiliki Katsantoni

+30 6946 908887


Janne Kurvi

Iida-Lotta Salander

Trainees 1996 –


Kamila Kiriakis


Coordinator: Vasiliki Katsantoni

Reception hours at Koroneos:
Tue: 8.30–15.30
Fri: 8.30–15.30
Phone: +30 6946 908887

Property Manager: Joakim Stavropoulos
Cleaner: Rehema Mutimbwa

STAFF 1984

Directors 1984 –
1.9.1984 – 31.7.1988Paavo Castrén
1.8.1988 – 31.7.1992Jaakko Frösén
1.8.1992 – 31.12.1992Henrik Lilius
1.1.1993 – 31.7.1995Gunnar af Hällström
1.8.1995 – 31.7.1997Kirsti Simonsuuri
1.8.1997 – 31.7.2000Olli Salomies
1.8.2000 – 31.7.2004Leena Pietilä-Castrén
1.8.2004 – 31.12.2007Björn Forsén
1.1.2008 – 30.6.2013Martti Leiwo
1.9.2013 – 31.12.2017Jari Pakkanen
1.1.2018 – 31.12.2020Björn Forsén
1.1.2021 –Petra Pakkanen
Assistant Directors 1990 –
1.8.1990 – 31.10.1993Martti Leiwo
1.1.1994 – 31.7.1997Petra Pentikäinen [Pakkanen]
1.8.1997 – 31.8.2000Jari Pakkanen
1.9.2000 – 30.9.2000Petra Pakkanen
1.10.2000 – 31.7.2003Marjaana Vesterinen
1.8.2003 – 31.12.2006Esko Tikkala
1.1.2007 – 31.12.2010Vesa Vahtikari
1.1.2011 – 31.12.2014Saara Kauppinen
1.1.2015 – 30.6.2018Vesa Vahtikari
1.7.2018 – 31.10.2023Antti Lampinen
1.11.2023 –Lassi Jakola
Other employees
1984 – 2003Koula Papandreou
1992 – 2006Olga Papadatou
1996 –Joakim Stavropoulos
2000 – 2022Leena Katsantoni
2002 – 2004Toula Protonotariou
2004 –Kamila Kiriakis
2018 – 2019Sebastian Boulter
2023 –Rehema Mutimbwa
1.2.1985 – 31.3.2023Maria Martzoukou
Research Officer
(former Research
and Office Assistant)
2000 –Maria Gourdouba
Administrative Coordinator
2022 –Vasiliki Katsantoni



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 Patrick Talatas and the Senior Academic Librarian is Antti Lampinen.

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.