Our Offices & Partners Abroad

Three of our liaison offices celebrate anniversaries.
To the festivities


Information on criteria for support and deadlines

Funding & Support

Pro Helvetia supports Swiss literature in each of the country’s four national languages. In order to make Swiss literature accessible to an international readership as well, we help fund literary translations. With our backing, works of Swiss fiction as well as children’s and youth literature have so far been translated into over 50 languages, including far-flung ones such as Korean and Georgian. Once a year, arranged to coincide with the Frankfurt Book Fair, our «12 Swiss Books» is published, presenting a selection of newly issued books from Switzerland that we specially recommend for translation.

Our work grants give Swiss authors sufficient financial leeway to concentrate on their writing for a certain time. Support for literary practitioners in connection with reading tours and participation at literature festivals at home and abroad helps bring contemporary Swiss literature to a wider audience. We are also engaged in fostering up-and-coming young authors and literary translators through special offers such as coaching programmes and studio residencies.

Libraries around the world are regularly supplied with works of Swiss fiction, children’s books and books on Swiss cultural topics. We also support the country’s booksellers and publishers associations in connection with their presence at the world’s major book fairs. Further measures have recently been introduced as well to promote the diffusion of Swiss books abroad.

Angelika Salvisberg
Head Literature and Society


Angelika Salvisberg
Head Literature and Society


Ana Albom
Literature, Italian-speaking Switzerland


Mirjam Herrmann
Literature, German-speaking and rhaeto-romanic Switzerland / reading tours


Elke Huwiler
Literature German-speaking Switzerland, Book service (until 31.12.18)


Manuel Kaufmann
Culture and society / Thematic publications and events


Aurélia Maillard Despont
Literature, French-speaking Switzerland


Beatrice Oehlschläger
Translations of German Swiss literature


Eva Stensrud
Literature, German-speaking Switzerland / Book service (out of office until 31.12.18, deputy Elke Huwiler)