Searching sources for my thesis I´m getting courious to know wich are the reasons (social and historical)why you have in Finland such a high level of popularity enjoyed by libraries (visits and loans). That is hard to understand from the point of wiew of an italian user: usually by us libraries, even public, have not many other user as university and reasearch people.
There's a good starting point for your thesis on the site of the Ministry of Education:
There are also two shorter articles on the Internet that I believe you should check out. One is under the address http://www.uwasa.fi/~sukkula/juhlakirja/english.html
and written by Ilkka Mäkinen. The article
will provide you with a historical perspective. The other one is under
and concerns the situation today.
There are also books on the subject, for instance:
Finnish public libraries in the 20th century. You can find more books on our database