Estonia is the headliner at Turku Book Fair 2018

The theme for the Turku Book Fair this year is Estonia, which is also celebrating its centenary in 2018. During the fair, taking place from the 5th to 7th of October, a broad array of the country’s contemporary writers will be featured, among them Kai Aarelaed, Paavo Matsin, Valdur Mikita and Andrei Ivanov.

The Estonian Institute in Finland, the Embassy of Finland in Estonia, the Tuglas Society and the Association of Estonia Societies in Finland are responsible for the programme. Finland’s First Lady, Jenni Haukio, will also be involved in planning the Estonia theme.

“Recent history is strongly present in Estonia’s literature, which delves into areas that were previously silent, stifled. But it also takes a look at Estonia’s deep roots. It is worth noting that Estonia is a nation of prolific writing and publishing. An entirely new generation of writers has emerged in the country, most of whom are still relatively unknown to Finns – and they will be featured at the Turku Book Fair,” says Sanna Immanen, Head of the Estonian Institute in Finland.

Several fair talks will feature Estonian and Finnish authors, and readers will have the opportunity to chat with writers from their neighbouring country at blogger events.

In addition to fiction and non-fiction, the line-up will include popular travel literature focussing on Estonia. Estonian children’s literature has been translated into Finnish less extensively, but some translations expected this autumn will be featured at the Book Fair.

Estonia will take the fair’s youngest visitors into account and, for instance, children’s workshop activities are planned.


Opening hours

  • Friday, 5th October: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Saturday, 6th October: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Sunday, 7th October: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.


  • Adults €16 *
  • Multiple day ticket €25 *
  • Children (7–15 years) €5 *
  • Family ticket €34 (two adults and 7–15-year-old children)
  • Pensioners €13 *
  • Students €13 *
  • Groups €10 (min. 10 paying visitors/group)
  • Parking €6
  • Cloak room €2,50

Buy tickets online (Finnish only)

Order your tickets conveniently in advance online.

*A discount of €3/ticket for tickets bought by 4th October 2018. The discount applies to one-day adult, children, pensioner and student tickets bought in advance.

Two students for one ticket, only from webshop!

For over 26 years already, the Turku Book Fair has been an attractive meeting place for all friends of literature and books. The event brings together approximately 650 performers, about 400 performances, hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of visitors.

The fair also offers dozens of interesting discussions on topical themes and truly unique encounters with authors. There are numerous publishing houses present as well as the leading organisations and operators in the field. The Turku Book Fair is a cosy meeting place for the book industry with a chance to do business, too!

You can reach the fair area conveniently with the fair bus number 100. During the fair, the bus will run at approximately 10-minute intervals starting from 9 a.m. More detailed information from the bus company.

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Contact details:

Turku Fair Center Ltd, tel. +358 (0)2 337 111
Tiina Heiskari, + 358 50 487 2015,
Tiina Heiskari,  + 358 50 487 2015,
Seppo Puttonen, + 358 00 415 687,
Leena Uutela,  + 358 44 722 2503,