Anni Kytömäki’s Margarita came third among the most loved winners of the prize.
Readers have voted Ulla-Lena Lundberg’s Ice (2012) to their favourite of all Finlandia Prize winners. There were all together 22,000 votes casted. The vote is the first of its kind: this year marks the 40th anniversary of the prize.
Ice is a story about a priest and his family who arrive to a small island community in Åland right after the war, in 1946. The novel paints a picture of the local people, their relationships and the surrounding nature with the strikes of a master storyteller, and it has been described one that leaves a lasting impression on the reader.
The novel is also the most bestselling Finlandia Prize winner with its well over 100,000 sold copies. The original Swedish edition is published by Schildts & Söderströms, and the Finnish translation by Teos.
Ulla-Lena Lundberg commented on the choice of the readers by saying,
“I am extremely happy for this recognition. At the same time I feel that all the Finlandia Prize winners would have been worthy of it: there are a lot of great books published in Finland, and putting them in order is difficult. I am very touched that the Finnish readers have taken a Finland Swedish novel to their hearts.”
The rights have been sold to the following areas:
Croatia, Hena com
English, Sort of Books
Estonia, Eesti Raamat
Hungary, Széphalon Könyvmuhely
Sweden, Albert Bonnier
Lundberg’s latest novel Light and Flame (2022) has been received with rave reviews.