Tess Gerritsen was recently in Finland and was impressed by the book scene there. The largest newspaper has a circulation of 400,000 – not bad when the country only has 5 million residents. A whopping 300,000 belong to the Great Finnish Book Club. She reports that romance isn’t terribly popular, but they read a lot of crime fiction.
And though they write their own, alas, not too many Finnish crime fiction writers have been translated into English yet. Though I was exposed to Finnish literature at an early age . . . and it has apparently inspired stencil artists as well. (Photo courtesy of Specialesumpen)