The Göteborg Book Fair is the most important event in Scandinavia for people in the book business.
It is also a manifestation of arts and culture, a four day long literary festival, a tribute to freedom of expression and a place for readers and writers to meet and celebrate the power of stories.
Started in 1985 as a conference for librarians with 5,000 visitors the first time, the fair now gathers about 90,000 teachers, librarians and book lovers every year.
This edition of the UNESCO Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2019 will continue to focus on the cities and citizens in the digital age. MIL provides citizens with key competencies for life-long learning, work, and in all aspects of life. Citizens equipped with MIL competencies are informed, engaged and empowered. They are able to understand the dangers of disinformation, as well as the spiral of hatred and exclusion.
When intercultural and inter-religious dialogue is promoted through free, independent and pluralistic media and information systems, the awareness of diversities can enrich our notion of the world around us, and improve our understanding of others and ourselves. Empowering citizens, in particular youth, the elderly and marginalized groups with MIL competencies lets more voices to be heard, and thus enables digital inclusion and enhanced opportunities.