The Swedish Academy has awarded its Prize for the Promotion of Swedish Culture Abroad for 2015 to the St. Kliment Ohridski Sofia University’s Department of German and Scandinavian Studies. The decision was announced at the yearly festive meeting of the Swedish Academy on the 20th of December in the presence of Their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden and of Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess Victoria. The Director of the Academy Professor Tomas Riad and the Chancellor of the Academy Ms Kristina Lugn were also present. The laureates were announced by the Permanent Secretary Professor Sara Danius.
In its motivation of the prize, the Academy points out that the Department of German and Scandinavian Studies has been active in the field of Scandinavian cultures and languages for many years, and that it has furthered the collaboration between various institutions on different levels in Bulgaria and the Scandinavian countries. The Scandinavian Studies Section within the Department was established in 1992 and is the only one of its kind in the system of Bulgarian higher education. The principal language studied was originally Swedish; subsequently, Norwegian was added as an alternative. Since 1992, the Scandinavian Studies Section has played a key role in the promotion of Swedish culture in Bulgaria by the teaching of the Swedish language, literature and cultural history, as well as by its active research activity and by the organisation of scientific forums and other events devoted to subjects related to Sweden in collaboration with various Scandinavian institutions.
Source: Department of German and Scandinavian Studies