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Turun Sanomat

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TypeDaily newspaper
PublisherTS-Yhtymä group
EditorKari Vainio
Founded1905; 116 years ago (1905)
Political alignmentNeutral
Circulation50 309 (2018)

Turun Sanomat is the leading regional newspaper of the region of Southwest Finland. It is published in the region's capital, Turku, making it the third most widely read morning newspaper in Finland after Helsingin Sanomat and Aamulehti.

History and profile

The Turun Sanomat office building at Kauppiaskatu in Turku was designed by Alvar Aalto in 1929.
The Turun Sanomat office building at Kauppiaskatu in Turku was designed by Alvar Aalto in 1929.

Turun Sanomat has been published since 1905[1] as supporter of the liberal Young Finnish Party. The founder of the paper was Antti Mikkola, a politician and a journalist.[2] It was subsequently owned and managed by Arvo Ketonen and, following his death in 1948, by his widow Irja Ketonen.[3]

Turun Sanomat has been officially politically independent and non-aligned since 1961. It is owned by TS Group.[4][5] The paper is headquartered in Turku.[6][7] It is published by TS-Yhtymä group[8] in broadsheet format.[9][10]

In 1964 Turun Sanomat began to employ computers and new technology in printing, being a pioneer among European newspapers.[4]

Turun Sanomat publishes two weekly supplements, Treffi (on entertainment, and containing the following week's TV programmes) and Extra, the monthly TS Talous (with in-depth economic coverage), and 24 different TS Teema -supplements (lifestyle). It also operates its own printing press and the local television channel Turku TV. The current executive editor of Turun Sanomat is Kari Vainio.


Turun Sanomat was the fourth largest paper in Finland in 1993 and had a circulation of 119,004 copies.[11] Its circulation was 115,142 copies in 2001, making it the fifth largest paper in the country.[12][13] In 2003 the paper had a circulation of 110,000 copies and was the fifth best selling newspaper in the country.[9] The 2004 circulation of the paper was 112,567 copies and it was the third best-selling paper in the country.[14] The same year the paper had a readership of 282,000.[14] In 2005 the paper had a circulation of 111,547 copies.[10] Its circulation was 112,360 copies in 2006.[15] The paper had a circulation of 112,419 copies in 2007.[16]

The circulation of Turun Sanomat was 111,845 copies in 2008 and 109,504 copies in 2009.[17] It was 107,199 copies in 2010 and 103,314 copies in 2011.[17][18] Turun Sanomat was the third most read paper in terms of circulation and sixth largest paper in terms of readership in 2011.[19] The circulation of the paper was 99,220 copies in 2012[20] and 97,289 copies in 2013.[21]


  1. ^ "Turun Sanomat in English". TS Group. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  2. ^ "History". Hansaprint. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Tärkeintä on, mitä olemme saaneet aikaan". Turun Sanomat (in Finnish). 2 January 2005. Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  4. ^ a b Nils Enlund; Hans E. Andersin. "The early days of computer aided newspaper production systems" (PDF). DIVA. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  5. ^ Mary Kelly; Gianpietro Mazzoleni; Denis McQuail, eds. (31 January 2004). The Media in Europe: The Euromedia Handbook. SAGE Publications. p. 55. ISBN 978-0-7619-4132-3.
  6. ^ Georgios Terzis, ed. (2007). European Media Governance: National and Regional Dimensions. Intellect Books. p. 99. ISBN 978-1-84150-192-5.
  7. ^ Tapio Rantala (2011). "Democratic legitimacy of the forest sector and nature conservation decisionmaking in Finnish print media discussion" (PDF). Silva Fennica. 45 (1). doi:10.14214/sf.35.
  8. ^ "Turun Sanomat chooses Anygraaf's ePlanner". Anygraaf Oy. 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  9. ^ a b "World Press Trends" (PDF). World Association of Newspapers. Paris. 2004. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  10. ^ a b Kaarina Nikunen (2013). "Losing my profession: Age, experience and expertise in the changing newsrooms" (PDF). Journalism. Sage Publications. doi:10.1177/1464884913508610.
  11. ^ Bernard A. Cook (2001). Europe Since 1945: An Encyclopedia. Taylor & Francis. p. 384. ISBN 978-0-8153-4057-7. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  12. ^ "Finland Press and Media". Press Reference. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  13. ^ Mary Kelly; Gianpietro Mazzoleni; Denis McQuail, eds. (31 January 2004). The Media in Europe: The Euromedia Handbook. SAGE Publications. p. 62. ISBN 978-0-7619-4132-3. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  14. ^ a b Olli Nurmi (11 October 2004). "Colour quality control – The Finnish example" (PDF). VTT. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  15. ^ "Top ten daily newspapers by circulation 2006". Nordicom. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  16. ^ "The Nordic Media Market" (PDF). Nordicom. 2009. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  17. ^ a b "National newspapers total circulation". International Federation of Audit Bureaux of Circulations. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  18. ^ Katja Lehtisaari; et al. (2012). "Media Convergence and Business Models: Responses of Finnish Daily Newspapers" (Research Report). University of Helsinki. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  19. ^ Sanna Koskinen; et al. (2014). "Media portrayal of older people as illustrated in Finnish newspapers". International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-Being. 9. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  20. ^ Sampsa Saikkonen; Paula Häkämies (5 January 2014). "Mapping Digital Media:Finland" (Report). Open Society Foundations. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  21. ^ "Circulation Statistics 2013" (PDF). Levikintarkastus Oy - Finnish Audit Bureau of Circulations. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2015.


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