Otava Publishing Company

Otava Publishing Company Ltd is a major Finnish publishing house with a history that stretches back over 120 years. Otava is a bold, principled publisher whose current roster of authors includes leading writers from Finland and abroad, much-loved storytellers and promising young authors. Tradition and new ideas walk hand in hand at Otava, and Otava’s publishing is guided by an exuberant enthusiasm and a commitment to high quality.

Otava has been publishing Finnish-language literature since 1890. Its main areas are general-interest literature and teaching materials. Otava publishes more than 600 new titles by Finnish and foreign authors annually: fiction and non-fiction, books for children and young people, comics and teaching materials textbooks and multimedia. Otava is known and respected for its innovative publishing of both commercial and literary successes. Otava’s unconventional attitude and significant investment have also made it a pioneer in electronic publishing, as well as the market leader in general literature.

Otava Publishing Company Ltd is a member of Otava Group, which is a private, independent and financially sound media corporation. It ranks third among graphic communications publishers in Finland. The Group consists of four business areas: book publishing, retail trade, magazine publishing and New Business Functions. The Group also includes Otava Book Printing Ltd, the nationwide book store chain Suomalainen Kirjakauppa Ltd, and Otavamedia Ltd, a magazine publisher that operates the Great Finnish Book Club, Finland’s oldest book club and current market leader.

Otava publishes among others the following international authors: Chimamanda Adichie, Margaret Atwood, Albert Camus, J.M. Coetzee, Patricia Cornwell, Marguerite Duras, Jeffrey Eugenides, Frederick Forsyth, Tess Gerritsen, Joanne Harris, Robert Harris, Alan Hollinghurst, Khaled Hosseini, Siri Hustvedt, Conn Iggulden, E L James, Åsa Larsson, J.M.G.LeClézio, Donna Leon, Doris Lessing, Henning Mankell, Liza Marklund, Alexander McCall Smith, Ian McEwan, Kate Mosse, David Nicholls, Joyce Carol Oates, Michael Ondaatje, Leif GW Persson, J. K. Rowling, Jean-Paul Sartre, Wilbur Smith, Anne Tyler, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Carlos Ruiz Zafón.


Otava Learning

Otava Publishing Company Ltd. is a major Finnish publishing house. It publishes both printed and digital educational materials for a wide range of subjects and for all levels of education. These materials have been one of the reasons behind the Finnish success in the educational field.

Are you interested in licensing our educational materials? Otava offers content for better learning. We are a flexible and reliable partner in international co-operation and have understanding for different needs in different markets.

Please contact us for more information:
Mari Kyyhkynen
Foreign Rights
Otava Learning
+358 503103068


Books In Foreign Languages

Otava Publishing Company publishes high quality books not only in Finnish but also in several other languages, for example in Swedish, English, French and German. The literature genres of these books inlcude e.g. novels, children’s literature, history, nature, art and architecture, and cuisine.

Private persons can buy these books at Akateeminen and Suomalainen net bookshops.

Companies and distributors, for more information, please contact: katja.kaulio @ otava.fi

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Rights & Brands

We bring Nordic rights and brands to a global arena. Our background is in literature, art and design. We are a 360 agency using all aspects of character representation and branding, from publishing and PR to licensing, merchandising and digital. With a worldwide network of sub-agents and over 600 clients, our international knowledge and business capacity is unique.


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Contact us

Otava Publishing Company Ltd
Uudenmaankatu 10
00120 Helsinki
tel. +358 9 15661
fax +358 9 643136
email: firstname.lastname@otava.fi

Managing Director Pasi Vainio
Mobile +358 500 329591

Publishing Director Antti Kasper (fiction)
Mobile +358 50 3132414

Publishing Director Eva Reenpää (non-fiction)
Mobile +358 50 3649702

Publishing Director Kaisu-Maria Toiskallio (children and young readers)
Mobile +35 50 3103024

Publishing Director Teuvo Sankila
Mobile +358 50 3737474

Sales Director Nona Ratia
Mobile +358 50 5319542

Literary Director Minna Castrén
Mobile +358 50 5286718


Editorial Director Antti Kasper
Mobile +358 50 3132414

Editorial Assistant Päivi Surakka
Mobile +358 50 4318389

Books for Children and Young Readers

Publishing Director Kaisu-Maria Toiskallio
Mobile +35 50 3103024

Editorial Assistant Pirre Nieminen
pirre.nieminen @ otava.fi


Publishing Director Eva Reenpää
Mobile +358 50 3649702

Editorial Assistant Pirre Nieminen
Mobile +358 400538002

Otava Learning

Business Manager Markku Pelkonen
Digital learning
Mobile +358 50 3103078

Publishing Manager Mari Kyyhkynen
Modern Languages
Mobile +358 50 3103068

Publishing Manager Eeva Lahdenmäki
Mobile +358 40 5503140

Publishing Manager Inka Hedman
Swedish Educational Publishing
Mobile +358 40 7322171

International Sales (Educational Publishing)
Mari Kyyhkynen
Mobile +358 50 3103068