Norwegian Institute at Athens

The Norske Institutt I Athens (Greek Νορβηγικό Ινστιτούτο Αθηνών, short NIA) is one of 17 foreign archaeological institutes in Greece, all of which have their head office in Athens.

History and tasks

The institute was inaugurated on 8 May 1989 and collected by the Greek Ministry of Culture in the rank of a " School of Archaeology ". It was founded under the auspices of the Norwegian Ministry of Higher Education, funded and administered it from the universities of Bergen, Oslo, Tromsø and Trondheim. Institute is headed by Panos Dimas.

The Institute's mission is to advance research on the cultural heritage of antiquity, Greek culture, history, archeology and language. An important place occupies the contemporary Greek culture. It's focal point for Norwegian explorer in Greece and, together with the Norwegian embassy in Greece the cultural exchange between the two countries and the deepening of cultural understanding between the two nations. It organizes lectures, exhibitions, seminars and conferences. Researchers and scholars is a guest house of the institution.

Facilities and research

The Institute operates together with the archaeological institutes of Sweden, of the Danes and the Finns, which was founded in 1996 Nordic Library at Athens, which comprises about 40,000 volumes on the archeology of Greece and Ancient History.

Archaeological investigations in the form of surveys or excavations leads or led by the Institute in Tegea, in Ithaki and Petropigi east of Kavala.


Since 1991, the Institute is the irregularly appearing Papers from the Norwegian Institute at Athens out that publishes thematic studies, conferences and anthologies. Since 1997 appear Athens monographic study volumes in the series Monographs from the Norwegian Institute at.

List of Directors

  • Øivind Andersen 1989-1993
  • Erik Østby 1994-1998
  • Synnøve of Bouvrie 1999-2002
  • Panos Dimas since 2007