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. The staff also includes 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, a caretaker and a cleaner.

Björn Forsén


Antti Lampinen

Assistant Director

Maria Martzoukou

Senior Administrator

Maria Gourdouba

Research and Office Assistant



Katariina Lipsanen

Staff at Koroneos Building

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

Staff 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 –                            Björn Forsén



Assistant Directors

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 – 2003    Koula Papandreou

1992 – 2006    Olga Papadatou

1996 –              Joakim Stavropoulos

2000 –              Leena Katsantoni

2002 – 2004    Toula Protonotariou

2004 –              Kamila Riskalla

2018 – 2019    Sebastian Boulter

The Libraries

Opening times

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

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 Patrick Talatas.


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.