The Myth of a reading nation?

26 March 2012 08:20

Finns like to think of themselves as a reading nation, and for a reason - or actually, several reasons. The Finnish library network covers the whole country and the libraries are the most frequented and used in the world. Newpapers are being read more than elsewhere, books are being written, published and translated into Finnish. A couple of years back Finland also topped the OECD’s PISA survey of reading literacy among 15-year olds.

Recently it has become increasingly difficult for authors, translators, playwrights and non-fiction writers to earn their living. Libraries are also facing challenges when the public services are being reorganised and municipalities consolidated.

Myth of a reading nation is a campaign which aims to draw attention to the effects of digitalisation, the future of libraries, the status of authors and translators and the importance of copyright in the field of literature.The campaign brings together The Finnish Library Association, The Finnish Reading Center, The Finnish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild, The Finnish copyright society Sanasto, The Union of Finnish Writers, The Finnish Association of Non-fiction Writers, The Society of Swedish Writers in Finland and The Finnish Association of Translators and Interpreters who state that “Literature is worth the investment. You need to be able to read to be able express yourself.”

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