Each year, Reporters Without Borders (the preeminent organization for press freedom) publishes their World Press Freedom Index, an incredibly useful tool for analyzing changes in press freedom around the world.
Finland has continued to rank among the freest media environments in the world. Finland, which has held the top spot since 2008 is still there – Freedom of speech Organization: Finland remains the number one on press freedom.
Why the Finns always top media freedom indexes? Finland could be considered as the ideal country when it comes to free speech and press laws in a democratic country.The history of Finland has motivated it to that number one position when compared to the rest of the world. In Finland freedom of expression is protected by Article 12 of the constitution and the 2003 Act on the Exercise of Freedom of Expression in Mass Media. Journalists and media outlets are generally allowed to operate freely, defamation is considered a crime, and the government actively pursues incidents of defamation of religion or ethnicity. Finland values and protects the freedoms of speech and press more than other countries. There’s also a strong journalist’s union that protects reporter’s rights—the Union of Journalists. There is also an extensive, incredibly useful website designed by Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs to help traveling journalists get their bearings.
The population of Finland is around 5,246,000 people spread across 130,558 square miles on a peninsula in northern Europe. The common languages of the country are Finnish and Swedish. Despite recent decreases in the circulation of print media, Finland maintains high newspaper readership, ranking first in the European Union and third in the world. There are challenges on media sector, especially decreasing advertising spending continues to pose a challenge for the media sector, especially for print publications.