Ousted from the top

Ranked first in the World Press Freedom Index for the past five years, Finland has been ousted from the top spot in the 2017 Index by Norway. At the same time, Finland ranks fourth in the world for newspaper readers per capita, with 200 newspapers, including 33 dailies. The image of Finland’s flagship public broadcaster Yle was dented in December 2016 by “Sipilägate,” in which Prime Minister Juha Sipilä reportedly pressured Yle to modify its coverage of a possible conflict of interest involving him. Two Yle journalists said they were the targets of political pressure that constituted a violation of freedom of information. They subsequently resigned.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



1 in 2016

Global score


8.59 in 2016

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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