SWEDEN: GÖTEBORG BOOK FAIR, EUROPE AND SOCIAL ISSUES IN THE SPOTLIGHT

The Book Fair 2013, the most important and catalysing event for the Northern countries’ books and publishing world, opened earlier today. This year, Romania and Bangladesh are in the spotlight. The presence of Romania and "the debate about the situation of the Roma in Sweden has become particularly significant after the news leaked a few days ago, about the Swedish policy holding a list of Roma", the organisers explain. The schedule covers 3,440 events, including 375 workshops held all through the four days, that last year had attracted nearly 100 thousand visitors and 935 exhibitors. 1,550 journalists have been accredited to report about new publications and debates. Guests of honour include Europe, which will be there through the Culture Commissioner, Androulla Vassiliou, who revealed the names of the 12 winners of the EU Prize for Literature. Launched in 2009, the award is given to men of letters of 12 countries taking part in the EU’s cultural programmes. This year’s contestants include Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and Fyrom. Tomorrow, the Swedish Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström is expected to hold a debate on "How can Sweden help stop the trafficking of human beings?".” “

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