Posted by: bluesyemre | November 14, 2018

Finland has just given itself a 100th birthday present: The Helsinki Central Library (Oodi Library)

Imagine a country that is home to some internationally famous tech companies.

Now, imagine this digitally advanced nation also has one of the highest broadband speeds in the world; by 2021 almost 86% of its population is expected to own a smartphone.

And then, think about how this country will plan to celebrate the centenary of its escape from the shadow of foreign rule: next, imagine a gleaming building filled with books. Because Finland – which ranked second in the World Economic Forum’s 2016 Network Readiness Index – aims to mark the 100th anniversary of its independence from Russia by opening a brand new library.

The Helsinki Central Library, also called Oodi, scheduled to open in December 2018, will not only house books. The building will also boast a cinema, a recording studio, and a space where old objects can be refashioned into new items. It can also be entered via a supermarket.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/05/finland-has-just-given-itself-a-100th-birthday-present-a-library


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