The Bogota International Book Fair (FILBo) 2020 will have for the first time five guest countries of honor, since Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden announced in May, now Iceland is added, which will arrive in the Colombian capital with its literary tradition, since in that country more books are written, published and sold per person than anywhere else in the world.
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According to the Colombian Book Chamber, in Iceland there is a strong tradition of giving away books at Christmas, so most literary publications in this country generally occur during the end of the year. Also in 2011 Reykjavik, the Icelandic capital, became the first non-English-speaking city in the world to be named a city of literature by UNESCO.
“Since the Nordic countries are really five, we have invited Iceland, although it has no Embassy in Colombia, to participate with us in the FILBo 2020. Iceland is a country of nature, culture and technology that we are sure Colombians will love, ”said Mogens Pedersen, Danish ambassador.
The Colombian Book Chamber recalls that in total 7,978 km separate Colombia from Iceland, a distance that will be erased for fifteen days during the Bogota International Book Fair 2020. The public will be able to learn more about this country from Northern Lights, Vikings, hot springs, history and commitment to sustainability.
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“For us it is very important to have the five countries that represent the Nordics as guests of the FILBo. We are already learning from their experiences in education, culture, sustainability and the environment. It is a valuable opportunity for us to approach these societies from different perspectives. that, without a doubt, they have a lot to give us, “said Sandra Pulido, director of FILBO.
The Bogota International Book Fair It will be held on April 21 to May 5, 2020.