May 17, 2022

Finland: “Finnish Libraries Experience Renaissance with Renewed Investment”

From YLE (Finland’s National Public Service Broadcasting Company):

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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