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More Finns have trouble reading

While international studies show Finland as having excellent levels of education and literacy, one researcher warns that a growing number of people in the country have trouble reading.

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Sari Sulkunen of the University of Jyväskylä estimates that one in 10 Finns cannot read well while a PISA study indicates that about eight percent of Finnish 15-year-olds have insufficient reading skills.

Sulkunen says these figures are slowly rising.

She notes that says that while these individuals are not illiterate in the traditional sense, their reading skills are insufficient to meet the demands of work, higher education or even everyday life -- which includes filling out forms and reading product information, for instance.