English author Victoria Hislop was officially sworn-in as Greek citizen during a special ceremony held at the interior ministry. Hislop was awarded an honorary Greek citizenship in July 2020 for her work promoting modern Greece’s history and culture.
The author of the best-selling 2005 novel “The Island”, which was later made into a hugely successful television series in Greece, Hislop emphasized her abiding love for Greece, including its problems, for many years and thanked the ministry for the great honor, saying that this was a very important day for her.
After the ceremony, Hislop was received by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the Maximos Mansion.
He thanked her for her support of Greece through her writing and her statements and by mobilizing the people of the arts, sciences and culture to support Greece’s rights during a difficult time.
Η τιμητική πολιτογράφιση της Victoria Hislop είναι ένα έμπρακτο ευχαριστώ για τη στήριξη την οποία παρείχε στην Ελλάδα μέσα από τα γραπτά της και μέσα από την κινητοποίηση ανθρώπων της τέχνης, της επιστήμης, του πολιτισμού, αλλά πάνω απ' όλα για την αγνή της αγάπη για την Ελλάδα. pic.twitter.com/qLGXNoq9Wu
— Prime Minister GR (@PrimeministerGR) September 17, 2020
“Above all, for your pure love of Greece, which I think is reflected in everything you do and everything you write,” Mitsotakis said.
TI was the Prime Minister who had initially called Victoria Hslop and informed her that she would be given the Greek citizenship, sources told media.
The author reportedly gave Mitsotakis a copy of her latest book “Those Who Are Loved” and said that she has felt Greek for a long time.