“Iceland is experiencing a book boom,” according to an article entitled ‘Iceland: Where one in 10 people will publish a book’ on bbc.co.uk.
The article points out that there are more writers and more books published and read in Iceland per capita than anywhere else in the world.
“Writers are respected here,” head of the Icelandic Literature Centre, Agla Magnúsdóttir, told the BBC. “They live well. Some even get a salary.”
Comedian, painter and writer Hallgrímur Helgason commented that the financial crash in a way helped the profession and brought Icelanders back to earth. “It made us less complacent and gave artists a creative shot in the arm—as Thatcher did for Britain.”