Kalevala is the folk epic of Finland. Finnish was one of the biggest influences on Tolkien's Elvish. The stories are gorgeous, full of action but not as bloodthirsty as their Norse cousins.

Some light reading for Nell. Kalevala is the folk epic of Finland. Finnish was one of the biggest influences on Tolkien's Elvish. The stories are gorgeous, full of action but not as bloodthirsty as their Norse cousins.

Väinö Linnan Tuntematon sotilas herätti ilmestyessään ristiriitaisia tunteita. Kuvassa kirjan kansi, 1955

Väinö Linnan Tuntematon sotilas herätti ilmestyessään ristiriitaisia tunteita. Kuvassa kirjan kansi, 1955

The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna

The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna (Finland) ****

My First Murder (The Maria Kallio Series) by Leena Lehtolainen et al., http://www.amazon.com/dp/1612184375/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_M81wvb0WXD6CD

The first book in Leena Lehtolainen’s bestselling Finnish crime series starring Detective Maria Kallio, My First Murder offers hard-boiled realism from a female perspective.

Sofi Oksanen - Purge

An international sensation, Sofi Oksanen’s award-winning novel Purge is a breathtakingly suspenseful tale of two women dogged by their own shameful pasts and the dark, unspoken history that binds them.

Compartment no 6, Rosa Liksom

Buy Compartment No 6 by Rosa Liksom, Lola Rogers from Waterstones today! Click and Collect from your local Waterstones or get FREE UK delivery on orders over

True by Riikka Pulkkinen

This moody, melancholy Finnish novel about dying and heartbreak is full of stating-the-obvious (but still confronting) declarations.

Aleksis Kivi - Seitsemän veljestä

Aleksis Kivi - Seitsemän veljestä

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Finnish literature translated around the world: Here are ten of your favourite Finnish books as selected by thisisFINLAND readers.

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