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

About author

Katja Pantzar

Helsinki-based writer, editor and journalist Katja Pantzar was raised in Canada with stints in New Zealand and the UK. Pantzar’s The Finnish Way has been translated into 24 languages. She is the author of three guides to the Finnish capital: The Hip Guide to Helsinki, Helsinki by Light and 100 Things to Do in Helsinki. Pantzar’s writing has appeared in a wide range of media, from The Globe and Mail to Elle. Her work has been widely covered around the world, including in Le Figaro, Le Monde, El País, Vogue, Real Simple, and more.


2018, Personal Growth & Lifestyle

Finnish Way

Katja Pantzar