Oslo, Norway, 5-6 October 2023

The European Encyclopedia Network and The Great Norwegian Encyclopedia (SNL) invites all national encyclopedias of the world to a conference in Oslo, Norway, in October.

It will also be possible to watch a live stream of the speeches.

Where to stay, and how to get there

Dates: It’s good to arrive some time on Wednesday October 4th. The conference finishes on Friday October 6th, but there will be an informal programme on Saturday October 7th.

Travel: The main airport is Oslo Gardermoen (OSL), it takes 19 minutes to the city by train. There’s also a small airport at Sandefjord (TRF), which is 1–2 hours away by train.

Stay: There are many options. We recommend Bondeheimen (regular hotel, 3 minutes from SNL’s office, around €160), Citybox (cheaper option, clean and good, breakfast is extra; 7 minutes from SNL's office, around €100) or Cochs Pensjonat (quirky old place, 12 minutes from SNL’s office, 1 minute from the conference venue, around €140).

Food and drinks: The SNL will organise most meals.

Do: If you decide to stay a bit longer than the conference, we really recommend seeing the new National Museum (art, design and architecture), the new Munch Museum (art, see the 😱) or Norsk Folkemuseum (cultural history, lots of old buildings).
If you decide to stay a bit longer, the Norway in a Nutshell tour gives you a view of cities, mountains and fjords.


BulgariaBulgarian Encyclopedia2
European UnionEuropean Parliament1
GeorgiaGeorgian Encyclopedia1
CroatiaMiroslav Krleza Institute of Lexicography2
LatviaLatvian National Encyclopedia1
NorwayGreat Norwegian Encyclopedia4


Deadline: September 20th 15:00 CET

Oslo map

Preliminary programme

Wednesday 4 October

16:00 A public debate meeting, in Norwegian (not in any way compulsory to attend).

19:00 Meet and greet: Drinks and pizza at the SNL office

Thursday 5 October

10:00–17:00 Conference. Programme to be decided, please send suggestions.

18:30–22:00 Conference dinner

Friday 6 October

10:00–17:00 Conference. Programme to be decided, please send suggestions.

Informal dinner. Drinks at the SNL office.

Saturday 7 October

11:00–15:00 Sightseeing in Oslo



SNL’s office
Google Maps Grensen 3

Contact us

The meeting is organised by Marion Godager Tveter and Erik Bolstad at the Great Norwegian Encyclopedia.

Contact Marion: ‭+47 975 10 258‬‬, marion at snl dot no

Contact Erik: ‭+47 911 31 091, erik at snl dot no

Previous conferences

European & International Encyclopedia Conference 2022

The Miroslav Krleža Institute of Lexicography organised the 2022 conference in Zagreb in October.

See the programme, booklet and images

Conference 2022

European Encyclopedia Meetup 2020

The Great Norwegian Encyclopedia (SNL) invited all encyclopedias of the world to an informal video meetup on December 1st 2020. 65 people from 14 organisations in 12 countries attended the meetup.

See the programme.

Meetup 2020

European Encyclopedia Conference 2019

The first European Encyclopedia Conference was held in Brussels. The Great Norwegian Encyclopedia (SNL), in cooperation with the European Parliamentary Research Service and The Mission of Norway to the European Union, organised the event, which we believe was the largest meetup of encyclopedias from Europe and North America ever.

See the programme.

Conference 2019

The European encyclopedias have a long and rich history. This is how Denis Diderot – the principal editor of the Encyclopédie – described an encyclopedia’s mission in 1755. It is still valid – 268 years later.

Denis Diderot

Indeed, the purpose of an encyclopedia is to collect knowledge disseminated around the globe; to set forth its general system to the men with whom we live, and transmit it to those who will come after us, so that the work of preceding centuries will not become useless to the centuries to come; and so that our offspring, becoming better instructed, will at the same time become more virtuous and happy, and that we should not die without having rendered a service to the human race in the future years to come.

Denis Diderot in Encyclopédie (1755), translated by Philip Stewart