The Atlas is based on a Finnish book called "Eurooppalaisten juuret " ( "The Roots of the Europeans "). The book came out in Finland in October 2002, and it immediately called forth unpresinted public attention in Finland and Estonia. The book was elected among the six best informative books (Tieto-Finlandia) in Finland in 2003, and it was elected among the five best history books in the country by the History Fans ' Association (Historian Ystäväin Liitto) in the same year. Most of the maps of the Atlas are from "The Roots of the Europeans ". The book is being translated into English and it will come out during the first months of 2004. In the meanwhile, the main message of the book can be read in an easy way in the maps of the Atlas. The legends of the maps are all in English.