In the dark, cold, Scandinavian winters of yore, epic stories called sagas helped keep ancient Icelanders sane. Today, with a population of only 300,000, Icelanders still produce more novels than any other country. A good book is the most common holiday present, and huge book markets are flooded with newly published novels each November. Icelandic novelist and publisher Kári Tulinius will help us figure out how Icelanders got their reputation as the world’s biggest book worms.
(Photo: Flickr/Claus in Iceland)