Like other Scandinavian nations, Norway places significant emphasis on culture, literature, and the arts. It is also one of the happiest countries in the world. (Coincidence? You decide.) Even the Norwegian government is able and willing to provide significant help to the country’s artists.
An institution called Arts Council Norway exists specifically for this purpose, and regularly awards government grants to artists.
Creators of all ages are eligible for Arts Council work grants. As if that wasn’t enough, the council buys 1000 copies of each book published in Norway, 1550 copies if it is a children’s book and distribute them to libraries throughout the country. As long as the book “passes quality control,” the writer will receive a subsidy for those initial copies. According to the New Republic, this policy alone is likely to keep small, independent Norwegian book publishers afloat. Then it’s also good to be an editor in Norway!
In addition, there is a large number of scholarships that are awarded to writers who want to devote themselves full-time to writing, both at the state level and thanks to the efforts of municipalities and other public institutions. You have to pass several filters to access one, but what is clear is that it is an incredible way to encourage writing. It should be borne in mind that the great Norwegian authors receive a pension for life, while others have access to aid for up to 5 years.
Although the northern European nation has a fairly small population (5.2 million people, about the size of South Carolina), it is one of the most literate in the world. According to World Data Atlas, the adult literacy rate in Norway is a whopping 99 percent.
Its educational system is quite superior and public universities are free. That combination makes Norway a nation of readers ready to immerse themselves in the literature their country makes available.