The Finnish Reading Center

The Finnish Reading Center

The Finnish Reading Centre, founded in 1972, is a well-established literacy NGO. Our mission is to promote literacy, reading as well as reading motivation among children and youth in Finland. We gather information, produce materials and provide services and expertise for schools, libraries, the general public, media and policy makers. We co-operate with international reading organisations and promote the distribution of research results. Read more

Basic information

Expert Services

The Finnish Reading Centre participates in national and international research projects, commissions investigations, gathers research results and produces reports. We provide hands-on and objective information on reading and literacy. Read more

Author Visits

We have more than 1000 author visits to schools, libraries and events every year, with hundreds of authors. Read more

Campaigns and projects

We carry out a number of campaigns and projects the aim of which is to support reading and literacy. The aim of the campaigns is to inspire people from all age groups and backgrounds to read and to further develop the literacy in Finland. Read more


Lukufiilis is written by young people to young people. We encourage students from secondary schools, high schools and vocational schools (13-19 years old) to participate in writing the contents of the magazine. Read more


Workshops for vocational students

One of our literacy and reading campaigns encourages vocational school students to read. Sanat haltuun (‘Words matter!’) campaign is funded by UPM and implemented by the Finnish Reading Centre. Read more

Read aloud

The aim of this campaign is to encourage the parents of small children to read aloud to them. The campaign informs parents how reading aloud helps children to develop. Read more

Research: "The modern literacy in Finland"

‘The modern literacy in Finland’ (Uusi lukutaito) campaign concentrated on investigating, would the children be more motivated in reading on tablets compared to reading a printed book. Read more

Finland 100 years – The Great Reading Adventure

‘The Great Reading Adventure’ (Suuri lukuseikkailu) campaign is a national project, which supports reading activities of children. The campaign introduces children, parents and educators a variety of books and encourages reading as a... Read more

News and Articles

Column: Reading is not fun – it is a survival...

Aleksis Salusjärvi teaches boys to read. He leads a Reading Center’s project, which aims to improve poor literacy skills of young males in vocational institutes. He writes Read more

Five Facts about Children, Youth and Reading

1. Reading children need reading adults For quite some time, the Finnish education has received international acclaim for its high quality. However, in recent years, national and international evaluations have indicated... Read more

The National literacy forum reacts to growing...

In the beginning of the millennium, Finland was one of the leading countries regarding in literacy. One of the special characteristics of Finnish young people that sets them apart in all groups of students is their high performance.... Read more

Worrying trends of Finnish reading habits

According to PIRLS 2016 results, the Finnish children are still among the best readers in the world, and there is not much difference compared to the PIRLS 2011 results, but the country’s ranking has gone slightly down (now 5th in the... Read more

Literacy has gained a stronger role in the new...

The policies influencing reading dynamization are primarily on the responsibility of the Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland and different departments and networks underneath it, particularly the National Board of Education.... Read more

Use of Technology – Different formats don't...

Finnish schools have above-average levels of ICT infrastructure. In primary grades (PIRLS 2016) Finnish students use computers for information search and writing stories more often than their peers in Europe. However, in lower secondary... Read more

Public libraries are an important agent in...

Finnish people are active readers and users of public libraries. There are public libraries in every municipality (311), and in 2016 there were 744 libraries and 137 mobile libraries in Finland. In 2016, the lending totaled 87.5 million... Read more

A Few words about the education in Finland

In Finland, education is considered a fundamental right of all citizens, and the main objective of Finnish education policy is to offer all citizens equal opportunities to receive education. The majority of students attend publicly funded... Read more