In addition to a long literary history that stretches back centuries and is rich with long sagas, Iceland still maintains a prolific rate of both book publication and consumption to this day. Literary traditions run deep in Iceland: books are common as gifts and in any given year, nine out of ten Icelanders report reading at least one book purely for pleasure. Iceland has more authors per capita than any other country on Earth by a wide margin. One out of every ten Icelanders will publish a book in their lifetime and it is common to find that the person at the bookstore recommending a book to you is an author of several of their own books.

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