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Finland profile - Media

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Finland's broadcasting sector is dynamic.

The public broadcaster Yle is funded by an annual tax. It operates alongside privately-owned radio and TV networks.

TV is the most popular medium and Yle's flagship TV1 is the most-watched channel. MTV3 and Nelonen are the leading commercial networks.

Finland is the leading EU country in terms of press readership, and 58% of Finns say they read a press title daily. Newspapers are privately-owned and reflect a range of views. Helsingin Sanomat is the most-read paper.

Finland ranked second, after Norway, in the 2019 Reporters Without Borders (RSF) global media freedom index.

Around 5.2 million Finns were online by 2019, a penetration rate of 94% (InternetWorldStats.com). The internet is "open and unrestricted", says Freedom House.

  • Helsingin Sanomat - national daily
  • Ilta-Sanomat - national daily
  • Iltalehti - national daily
  • Hufvudstadsbladet - Swedish-language daily
  • Kauppalehti - business daily
  • Helsinki Times - English-language