One Out of Ten People in Iceland Will Publish a Book

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According to a recent statistic, one out of every ten people living in Iceland will publish a book during their lifetime.

According to a recent statistic, one out of every ten people living in Iceland will publish a book during their lifetime.

The island country is home to a population of 300 thousand people, and they reportedly have the most writers living there, with more books being published and read than anywhere else on the planet.

Icelandic culture is historically connected to storytelling traditions called sagas, or stories about Nordic settlers in Iceland, which have carried over to the modern culture.

Park benches reportedly have barcodes for people sitting on them to scan with their smartphone so they can listen to a story while they relax.

Sagas can be found written in all kinds of places like on plaques in public buildings, restaurant napkins and coffee cups.

Popular natural sites have accompanying stories about ancient heroic acts.
Many people who hold down other jobs are also writers on the side, and annual book festivals are held to celebrate Icelandic writers.

During Christmas, an abundance of books are published, and nearly every house receives a book catalogue so that they can order the latest locally published books.

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