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News, 5/3/2016

Finland top-rated for press freedom

Helsingin Sanomat is the largest subscription newspaper in the Nordics. Its name derives from the Finnish capital, Helsinki, where it has been published since 1889, first as Päivälehti and from 1914 on as Helsingin Sanomat. Photo: Kaisa Rautaheimo/Helsingin Sanomat

The World Press Freedom Index for 2016 gives Finland top ranking for the seventh year running.

Published annually by the Paris-based organisation Reporters without Borders, the World Press Freedom Index ranks 180 countries using criteria on the independence and pluralism of the media, the transparent flow of information, legal frameworks, and the safety and freedom of journalists. The 2016 rankings show Finland in first place again. UNESCO’s choice to hold this year’s World Press Freedom Day event in Helsinki on May 3rd also reflects the reputation of Finland’s free press.

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Updated 5/3/2016

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