Finding Sisu “from the world’s happiest country” published this week!

We’re excited about this week’s UK publication of Katja Pantzar’s Finding Sisu: In search of courage, strength and happiness the Finnish way. Coincidentally, according to 2018 World Happiness Report, which ranked countries according to GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom and so on, Finland is the happiest country in the world. What makes this small country rank so high? Is SISU a key element? In addition to United Kingdom, presses are running hot in Germany and the U.S. Most of the book’s 17 international publishers are planning the publication for 2018.

Finding Sisu has been recently featured in articles about Nordic well-being. Daily Mail wrote a longer piece on Pantzar and her book, calling sisu the “new Scandi outdoor craze from the world’s most happy nation that Finns claim boosts wellbeing and keeps you happy”.

Ireland-based Independent claimed that the “book’s entry to the self-help market is well timed. The art of bouncing back has become a hot topic in positive psychology circles while resilience training has become increasingly popular in schools and workplaces”.

Check rights availability in your country in the listing below, and request reading materials here!

Psst! If you haven’t yet browsed our new rights guides for nonfiction titles, do it here.


Rights sold:
CHINA, Yeeyan Publishing
CZECH REP., Mladá Fronta
FINLAND, Siltala
FRANCE, Belfond
GERMANY, Bastei Lübbe
HUNGARY, Jaffa Kiado
ITALY, Marsilio/Sonzogno
JAPAN, Hojosha
PORTUGAL, Marcador
SPAIN, Roca Editorial (WS)
TURKEY, Mona Kitap/Alfa
UK, Hodder/Hachette (WE) (orig. publisher)
US, Tarcher Perigee/Penguin Random House

Katja Pantzar

Helsinki-based writer, editor and broadcast journalist Katja Pantzar was born in Finland and raised and educated in Canada. A freelance member of the Finnish public broadcasting company Yle’s news team, Pantzar is a regular contributor to Blue Wings, the in-flight magazine of Finnair and Helsinki correspondent for Monocle 24. She is the author of three guides to Helsinki: The Hip Guide to Helsinki, Helsinki by Light and 100 Things to Do in Helsinki. Finding Sisu is the first book Pantzar has written that will be published outside of Finland.


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