Finland: “Finnish Libraries Experience Renaissance with Renewed Investment”
A fresh survey of library users in Finland has found that 43 percent were of the opinion that libraries improved their quality of life “very much”. Another 42 percent said it had improved their quality of life “somewhat”. This left just 15 percent who didn’t feel this way or couldn’t say one way or the other.
The poll attracted responses from 28,000 people, who gave Finland’s libraries an average grade of 8.8 on a scale of 4 to 10, in line with Finland’s comprehensive school grading system.
Under Finland’s Library Act, every municipality must provide library services that are equally accessible to everyone. In 2015, local governments spent an average of 58 euros per resident to fund library services.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.