Slovak rights for THE FINNISH WAY pre-empted by Motyl!

We are really excited to announce that Katja Pantzar’s THE FINNISH WAY has now been acquired by Vydavatelstvo Motyl in Slovakia, being the 24th territory sold!

Vydavatelstvo Motyl is one of the most important publishing houses in Slovakia and the publishers of Thomas Erikson, Wim Hof, Susan Cain etc. They loved THE FINNISH WAY and said:

Katja Pantzar’s The Finnish Way is inspiring and very useful for everyone who is trying to find their own peace and wants to appreciate life. Offering a new perspective, the author makes the book interesting by sharing her own experiences. You will surely love this book!
– Marina Hulala, editor,Vydavatelstvo Motyl, Slovakia

The rights for THE FINNISH WAY have now been sold to 24 territories, but are still available in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Lithuania, Romania, Latvia etc.

Download the full English ms for Finnish Way here

by Katja Pantzar
Journalist Katja Pantzar took a huge leap to move from North America to the remote Nordic country of Finland. What she discovered there transformed her body, mind and spirit. In this engaging and practical guide, she shows readers how to embrace the “keep it simple and sensible” daily practices with the power of sisu that make Finns one of the happiest populations in the world, year after year.Topics include winter swimming, movement as medicine, forest therapy, healthy eating and the Nordic diet, and the gift of sisu: Why Finns embrace a special form of courage, grit and determination as a national virtue – and how anyone can dig deeper to survive and thrive through tough times.

FInnish Way discovers the ways in which you too can integrate this age-old philosophy of hope and perseverance into your life, wherever you are in the world, whatever challenges you may face.

Find your courage. Find your grit. Find your sisu.

We are absolutely thrilled to also remind you that the Thai rights for Katja Pantzar’s newest title EVERYDAY SISU have just recently been acquired by Thai publisher Flying Bear Co.,Ltd and Hojosha in Japan. Penguin Random House/TarcherPerigee in the United States will publish the original work EVERYDAY SISU in English in Spring 2022.

Download the full English ms for Everyday Sisu here

In Everyday Sisu, journalist Katja explores the simple practices that make Finnish life so stable, sustainable, and healthy for body and mind, even when life doesn’t go as planned.

“I’m thrilled that we’ll be publishing Katja’s next book, and there couldn’t be a more timely topic in these challenging times. We all need more sisu, and this book will help readers cultivate more of it every day.”
– Marian Lizzi, Editor in Chief at TarcherPerigee.

by Katja Pantzar
Discover how the happiest people on earth survive—and thrive—through tough times using inner strength and courage

Sisu is a powerful mindset that makes Finland one of the happiest countries in the world, despite long winters, social isolation, and a history of challenging times.

In Everyday Sisu, journalist Katja Pantzar explores the simple practices that make Finnish life so stable, sustainable, and healthy for body and mind, even when life doesn’t go as planned. You’ll discover ways to boost your mental and physical resilience to face life’s challenges head-on, including:

  connecting with nature
  strengthening community
  using what you have
  reframing what you can’t control
  adopting a solutions mindset
  finding strength in the struggle

Featuring insights from Finnish experts in mental health, wellness, sustainability, social justice, and more, this practical and empowering guide presents a roadmap for overcoming what you thought you couldn’t — and finding hope and tools to create a brighter way forward.

Finding Courage, Wellness, and Happiness through the Power of Sisu

Reading Material:
Full English Manuscript

Rights sold:

UK: Hodder & Stoughton (orig.)
US: TarcherPerigee
CHINA: Yeeyan Publishing
ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
FINLAND: Siltala Publishing
FRANCE: Belfond
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe GmbH & Co. KG
HUNGARY: Jaffa Publishing Ltd.
INDONESIA: Gramedia Pustaka Utama
ITALY: Marsilio
JAPAN: Hojosha
NETHERLANDS: Kosmos Uitgevers
POLAND: Jagiellonian University Press
PORTUGAL: Marcador
RUSSIA: AST Publishers
SPAIN: Roca Juvenil
TAIWAN: My House
THAILAND: Openbooks Thailand
TURKEY: Mona Kitap
UNITED KINGDOM: Hodder & Stoughton



About author

Katja Pantzar

Katja Pantzar –  Katja Pantzar is a Helsinki-based writer and journalist who swims in the Baltic Sea year round. Raised in Canada, with stints in New Zealand and England, she is the author of The Finnish Way (Penguin Random House/2018), a bestselling non-fiction book about Nordic well-being, winter swimming and sisu (resilience) that has been translated into 24 languages. Her second book on sisu, Everyday Sisu: Tapping into Finnish Fortitude for a Happier, More Resilient Life (Penguin Random House/2022) explores through expert interviews and research-based information how we can better support our mental and physical health while taking care of each other and our planet. Everyday Sisu has also been published in Japanese, Thai, and Indonesian. Pantzar’s work has been widely covered around the world in media ranging from Le Figaro, Le Monde, and El Paísto Vogue the Washington Post and the New York Review of Books. . She is also the author of three mini-guides to the Finnish capital, including 100 things to do in Helsinki (Siltala/2024).


2018, Personal Growth & Lifestyle

Finnish Way

Katja Pantzar