Finland Is Officially the Best Place to Be if You Love Books

Finland Is Officially the Best Place to Be if You Love Books

Book Culture

Finland is a land of many things, and more so than anyone else, they’re readers. Finland is a haven for both book readers and library lovers: while many countries are downsizing their public library systems, Finland is adding more infrastructure which will not only allow its citizens to enjoy the pleasantries of libraries, but create a new space for its public to meet and socialize.   Nasima Razmyar arrived in Finland in 1992 as part of a refugee family fleeing Afghanistan. At the time, she was unable to speak the language and found difficulty getting around, but was shocked and pleased …

Finland Finishes First in Reading Stakes

Finland Finishes First in Reading Stakes

Book Culture

  Finland has topped a recent study into the amount of books read per country.  Norway followed Finland in second place, with Iceland, Denmark and Sweden coming next. Switzerland was sixth and the USA in seventh, Canada in 11th, France in 12th and the UK in 17th place.    Conducted by John Miller, president of Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, the research examined literacy achievement tests and also ‘literate behavior characteristics’–everything from instances of libraries and numbers of newspapers to years of formal education and computer availability in countries worldwide.   If nations are ranked only on their reading assessment results, …