The House of Literature in Fredrikstad (Litteraturhuset Fredrikstad) opened on 25 January 2013 and is one of the largest facility of its kind in Norway. We occupy a modern four-storey building in the heart of Fredrikstad on the banks for the Glomma/Vesterelven river, with a total of 3 000 square metres of floor space.
Organised as a non-profit foundation, our most important job is to ensure a good and meaningful content for the building and to secure activity in its rooms – activity which benefits cultural life, the building, the city and the region.
Our statutes state: “The purpose of the foundation is to communicate and arouse interest in literature, reading, debate and culture by running the House of Literature in Fredrikstad”.
From the start, we have been a regional and local powerhouse for experience, learning, debate and literature. We attract a large and varied audience from Fredrikstad, Østfold district county and the whole of eastern Norway
The underlying philosophy of the House of Literature has always been to create activity and culture in the city centre and the region. Our aim is to strengthen the attractiveness of Fredrikstad, Østfold and the whole region by providing a venue for culture, experiences, vigorous and healthy social debate, and disseminating knowledge.
We address a national audience through our digital communication channels. Our content will meet high quality standards.
Our building was constructed after a major fire reduced a whole city-centre block to ashes. Fredrikstad-based property company Fredriksborg Eiendom AS was responsible for this development.
Fredriksborg Eiendom owns the building and lets out premises to the various tenants in the building. This company has strong local roots dating right back to the 1940s, and is owned and operated by the Fredriksen family. We occupy more than 800 square metres of the building.