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FINNISH ARCHITECTURE has won fame and honour. This applies to the best of it, of course, the achievements suitable for export and as a trade mark. Our world image tells…
FINNISH ARCHITECTURE has won fame and honour. This applies to the best of it, of course, the achievements suitable for export and as a trade mark. Our world image tells nothing of our middling, ordinary buildings. Finland probably has just as many deficiently planned and poorly implemented monstrosities as most other countries. But it is probably characteristic that the end product is technically quite polished. The building regulations are exceptionally precise, partly because of our harsh climate, partly because of the bureaucratic tradition of our administrative machinery.
WHEN THE LIBRARY WORLD asked me for a letter from Finland, I was very glad, for I like writing letters. To me it is a pleasure to write letters. Of course it is equally pleasant to receive letters, and I hope that we can soon receive a letter from Great Britain as a reply for our journal Kirjastolehti.
BOTH before setting out and since returning from a British Council‐sponsored specialist tour of Finland to look at libraries and library schools and give a series of lectures, friends have been either congratulating my bravery or castigating my foolhardiness in venturing behind the Iron Curtain. Even those few people who seemed aware of the unescapable fact that Finland is not occupied by Russians (or indeed anyone at all across vast, forest‐covered stretches of the country) wondered how I coped with the intense cold and the marauding bears believed to wander unchecked around the unmade streets of the log‐cabin settlements.