NORLA offers a range of funding schemes, all with an aim of promoting the translation of Norwegian books.


NORLA has several funding schemes designed to encourage translation of Norwegian fiction and non-fiction books. We also have funding schemes for competency-raising for translators. Read more here.

Foragents and publishers

Agents and publishers working with translations of Norwegian literature can apply for a number of NORLA’s funding schemes. Read more about all our schemes here.


Organisers of festivals and conferences can apply for funding to invite Norwegian authors and lecturers to their events. This also applies to universities offering instruction in Norwegian language-related subjects. Read more here.

NORLA's activities to promote the export of Norwegian literature

July 31

Registration deadline (foreign publishers): Books for the "Books on Norway" exhibition during Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019

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Publishers from all around the world are invited by the Frankfurter Buchmesse to show their current titles on the Guest of Honour. This year’s exhibition “Books on Norway” in the Guest of Honour pavilion will include about 500 – 1,000 titles and collects translated literature as well as books about the Guest of Honour. I.e. politics, culture, language, history and society.

The registration is free of charge for publishing houses and certain critera apply.
The registration deadline is July 31.

Read more about the exhibition and how to register here

August 01

Application deadline: Translation subsidy for Norwegian fiction

Read more about the translation subsidy for Norwegian fiction here.

Foreign publishers may also apply for production subsidies for children’s and young adult’s picture books by Norwegian authors and illustrators.
Read more about the scheme here.

August 01

Application deadline: Author and lecturer visits to institutions of higher learning abroad

NORLA administrates the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ scheme for travel grants for authors and lecturers who will visit institutions of higher learning abroad where instruction is given in the Norwegian language.
Read more here.

September 15

Application deadline: Sample translation of Norwegian literature

Publishers, agents and translators abroad and in Norway can apply to NORLA for subsidies for sample translations.
Read more here.

NOTE that agents and publishers in Norway can also apply to NORLA, for support for extended sample translations; made possible by funds from the Ministry of Culture as a step towards making Norwegian literature exports an industry.

Translators of Norwegian literature may also apply to NORLA for subsidies for sample translations from books of interest. For translators, there are no application deadlines.
Read more (in Norwegian) here.

NORLA selects Norwegian books of current interest for book fairs and literature events.

Selected Titles Spring 2019



Children and young adults


Øyehaug presens maskin
Gunnhild Øyehaug
Present Tense Machine


Skeie hvitekrist
Tore Skeie
The Battle of the North: Ethelred, Cnut and Olaf - Struggle for Supremacy Around the North Sea

Children and young adults

Alaei dette er ikke oss
Neda Alaei
This Isn’t Us

Books from Norway provides you with information in English about Norwegian literature in all genres. The information is provided by rightsholders and NORLA.