In response to the needs of the large Arab community in Sweden, including Syrian and Iraqi immigrants, Bonniers – one of Sweden’s most prestigious publishing houses – has announced the establishment of an affiliate dedicated to publishing Arabic books for children and young people.
Through the affiliate, Fenix, Bonniers will release its first collection of five books in August 2018 under the name ‘Stories from Here and There’. Another batch of eight books will be published before the end of this year. The books will also be translated by Bonniers into Swedish to provide local children to with a greater insight into Arabic culture.
Official statistics show that more than 70,000 primary school students in Sweden speak Arabic as their mother tongue. Fenix will specifically target this audience to enhance a feeling of belonging to their own culture as well as to integrate them in the Swedish society.