The Finnish Reading Centre

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.

One of our key functions is to arrange author visits to schools, nursery schools, libraries and other institutions. Currently, we are the only institution in Finland systematically organising these visits. The aim of the author visits is to promote reading motivation of children and youth. Listening to read-aloud stories, discussing with the author and classmates and learning about the process of writing a book all support the eagerness to read and write stories. The visits also help the authors to gain more income and recognition.

We are funded by the government (Ministry of Education and Culture), together with several Finnish charitable foundations.

The Role of the Reading Centre is to

Promote literacy and support deep reading

Serve as an expert in the fields of reading and literacy

Provide services for other actors working in the field of reading and literacy


The Reading Centre has 10 member organisations

Society of Swedish Authors in Finland (Finlands Svenska Författareförening)
The Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation (Kansanvalistusseura)
The Finnish Critics Association (Suomen arvostelijain liitto)
The Union of Finnish Writers (Suomen Kirjailijaliitto)
Finnish Library Association (Suomen kirjastoseura)
The Finnish Association of Translators and Interpreters (Suomen kääntäjien ja tulkkien liitto)
The Finnish Union of Authors writing for children and youth (Suomen Nuorisokirjailijat)
Finnish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild (Suomen Näytelmäkirjailijat ja Käsikirjoittajat)
The Finnish Association of Non-fiction Writers (Suomen tietokirjailijat)
Äidinkielen opettajain liitto (The association of Finnish mother tongue teachers)

For further information please contact:

Executive Director Ilmi Villacis
tel. +358  40 8305936