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Still a Bookloving Nation

By Iceland Review

Iceland is often called the ‘Saga Island’ in the other Scandinavian countries. According to a new Capacent Gallup survey we still are a bookloving nation, Rúv reported.


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Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review

Never before have so many received books as Christmas presents, as nearly 75 percent of people got one or more books as presents this past year.

Nine out of ten Icelanders sixteen years or older read one or more books last year.

Forty-six percent of people bought three or more books for themselves last year which is similar to the three previous years.

Ninety-three percent of Icelanders read one or more books last year. Most people read three to five books last year.

Thirty-one percent received one book as a Christmas present, 22 percent were given two, 12 percent received three and 2 percent got five or more. This is the highest ratio of those receiving books as Christmas presents since 2002, when this was first surveyed.

In 2009, 46 percent said they had not bought a single book in the previous year.

Most Icelandic books are published in the months leading up to Christmas. The publishing season has been called the ‘book flood’ or <i>bókaflód<p> in Icelandic. Over the past ten years the publishing of paperbacks has been on the increase all year round, and the readership of crime novels, both Icelandic and translations, has been rising steadily in recent years.

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