Finland remains the number one on press freedom

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.

Overall, Finland has set the standard for regulating free speech and press in the world.


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Two journalists quit Finnish broadcaster in row over coverage of PM

    Two Finnish journalists quit public broadcaster Yleisradio (YLE) on Wednesday, saying the company had suppressed critical reporting on politicians including Prime Minister Juha Sipila.

    The case is unusual for the Nordic country, ranked by non-profit group Reporters Without Borders as the global leader in press freedom. It follows a row over emailed complaints from the prime minister about the broadcaster’s coverage.

    Reporters Without Borders gave Finland top ranking in its World Press Freedom Index in 2016 for the seventh year running.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    First class

    Ranked first in the World Press Freedom Index for the past five years, Finland also ranks third in the world for newspaper readers per capita. It has 200 newspapers including 31 dailies. But ownership is highly concentrated. Two media groups, Sanoma and Alma Media, own most of the dailies.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Finland lost its top in the press freedom comparison – Sipilä-gate stained

    Finland is ranked second in the World Press Freedom 2017 reporters Reporters Without Borders.

    After five years of winning, Finland has been ranked second in the global press freedom comparison.
    The allegations of extravagance on the political pressure of Juha Sipilä brought Finland to the top ranked number one in the press freedom comparison.
    Yle’s reputation suffered a “Sipilä-Gate”, where the Prime Minister Juha Sipilän allegedly exerted pressure on Yle edit it’s news on topics near to him.

    Other reasons for declining Finland’s ranking in the report are not reported.



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