GOOD: “Iceland’s natural beauty is one of the several reasons why the tiny island nation publishes the highest number of books per capita in the world. According to a 2016 report from the International Publishers Association, the U.K., with 2,710 books published in 2015, came in at first place. Iceland was a close second, with 2,628 books that year. This is impressive, however, as the U.K.’s population in 2015 stood at 65 million, while Iceland’s was only 330,000…”
Iceland has continued to reinforce its infrastructure so that literature, writing, and reading will continue to be pillars of creativity and innovation here. Five titles are published in Iceland for every 1,000 residents, compared to two titles in other Nordic nations. The average print run of fiction, meanwhile, is 1,000 copies — equivalent to a million copies in North America.