The Norwegian Publishers Association


The Norwegian Publishers Association (NPA) is a trade organisation for publishers. Our members represent approximately 80 % of the sales from publishers to booksellers in the country. We manage joint market ventures, provide statistics, offer standard contracts and provide service for our members. We maintain strong links to the authorities, domestic organisations in the cultural industry in general and the book industry in particular, as well as sister organisations abroad.

NPA is dedicated to defend and strengthen freedom to publish, both nationally and internationally, increase respect for copyright, also by strengthening the publishers’ copyright position, strengthen and develop the position of literature in Norway, and defend and strengthen the publishers’ position and take care of their professional and financial interests.

Sales of publishing rights abroad

The Norwegian Publishers Association’s Committee for sales of publishing rights abroad work on policy issues regarding export and joint marketing ventures for Norwegian publishers abroad, such as the Frankfurt Book Fair, the London Book Fair and a seminar for foreign publishers at the yearly Norwegian festival of literature in Lillehammer. Both publishers and agencies are represented in the committee and the committee works in close cooperation with NORLA (Norwegian Literature Abroad) that “promotes the export of Norwegian literature through active profiling work and translation subsidies. The organisation disseminates knowledge about Norwegian books and authors abroad, and operations are financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture”.

The committee’s current members

Please send inquiries through the committee’s administrative adviser Hege von Hirsch.

The Norwegian Literary System

The book has a strong position in Norway. As much as 93 % of the population report to have read a book in the past year, and more than 40% read more than 10 books a year. Book sales are at a stable, high level. Each year we see a list of diverse new publications, characterised by high quality and new ideas.

Read more about the unique system here.

Contact us

You are more than welcome to get in touch with us here at the office. Find our contact details here.