It’s either they say that more people don’t read or that more people do; whatever the case, there are countries that at least have become known as nations of readers, usually holding on to their tradition of literature loving throughout the centuries.
These may look a bit biased, but they represent in one very short list the countries that usually read books and a little more about their love affairs with the printed word. Dig a little deeper into the people in these 5 countries and what they’re usually interested in:
Like Dublin, Edinburgh is a UNESCO city of literature. Scotland has given us a lot of great writers and left their literary landmarks for us to connect the dots. Museums and monuments here dedicated to the literary world are seen. Their attention to Literature is on a grand scale: they host the world’s largest international book festival every year.
Whether it be manga or their popular novels, Japanese love literature. The country has a rich tradition producing fine works that explore deep themes ranging from conflicts in sexuality to existence. A pantheon of their accomplished writers are received variously by their readers, and many Japanese young and old devour books of all kinds.
Ireland is one of those countries whose streets breathe literature, with a heritage of well-known authors and Nobel Prize winners and a few literary festivals that make up a compact community of readers whose voracious taste for Literature is world-renowned. The island seems to be tailor made for readers: places and historical figures inspired writers’ works, and the pubs writers like Bram Stoker and W.B. Yeats frequented still stand. It’s easy to get into Literature in Ireland; it’s part of their national spirit and culture.
4. United States of America
Americans are a surprise entry in this list in my opinion, though it’s acknowledged that the culture in their vast space encourages literary pursuits and activities and a love for language. Most known for the book clubs, the United States of America does have the presence of a strong readership, though these people usually read certain less “literary” books, and more and more commonly on e readers, taking their interests in the field online. However, their numbers show they’re one of the strongest presences in reading over the world.
Iceland, on the other hand, is known as the most literate country in the world, a nation of readers and writers with shelves well-stocked with all kinds of reading material, books, stories, poetry, novels. It’s tradition in this country to give books as gifts and more people in Iceland read and write books than anywhere else in the world, proving that they’re one of the most recognised lovers of literature.
No matter which country you live in, you’ll always encounter the written world. These works form cultures of various nations and give their people something to look into when they are looking for a different experience. The more literary readers there are in a certain country, the more communication there is among different cultures.
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