The Finnish Institute in London celebrates the centenary of Finland’s independence by highlighting the importance of literacy, literature and libraries. ‘10×10 Stories from Finland’ campaign has collected 100 books written by Finnish authors. The books are donated to 10 different libraries around the UK and Ireland during 2017. The Embassy had the pleasure to donate 10 new Finnish books to the Dublin Central Library on 7 November together with the Finnish Institute in London.
The Finnish Institute in London together with the Finnish Embassies wants to convey the power of literacy through the campaign. Finland is the world's top country in literacy, which is one of the key factors behind the welfare and academic success of any society. Finns are among the most active library users and book consumers in the world.
The campaign has collected 100 books written by Finnish authors, translated into English. The selection of the books includes a wide range of literature including both modern masterpieces and beloved classics, including the Finnish national epic Kalevala. There are books by some of Finland's most celebrated contemporary authors like Rosa Liksom, Ulla-Lena Lundberg, Timo Parvela, Lars Sund and Antti Tuomainen.
The donated books also include one of Tove Jansson's bestselling classics, The Summer Book. Tove is best known as the creator of the Moomin stories, but she also wrote novels for adults. The campaign represents the joy of reading, which can be experienced through Nordic noir, science fiction, poems or children's literature.
Deputy Head of Mission Anna Hakala and intern Eero Salojärvi