Living in Finland

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Media in Finland

There is freedom of the press in Finland. This means that the state cannot dictate what is said in the media, such as newspapers, television or websites.

News and television programmes online

linkkiThe Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE:
News in EnglishEnglish

linkkiHelsinki Times:
News in EnglishEnglish

linkkiThe Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE:
News in RussianRussian

linkkiThe Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE:
News in plain FinnishFinnish

linkkiYLE Areena:
Television programmes onlineFinnish

linkkiMTV3 Katsomo:
Television programmes onlineFinnish

linkkiRuutu.fi:
Television programmes onlineFinnish

Newspapers

Plenty of newspapers are published in Finland. Helsingin Sanomat is the largest subscription newspaper in Finland. Most newspapers are in Finnish. Some newspapers are also published in Swedish in some localities. In addition, Russian Spektr newspaper is issued in Finland.

linkkiFinnish Newspapers Association:
Newspapers in FinlandFinnish

linkkiSpektr:
Newspaper in RussianRussian

Television

If you have an old television set, you also need to have a digital set-top box in order to watch television programmes. New televisions sold in Finland already include a digital receiver.

Most television programmes are in Finnish. In Finland, foreign programmes have subtitles, so they can be watched in their original language (mainly in English).

The Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle owns four television channels that are available nationwide. Yle is a public service, and its operation is funded by taxes. In addition, there are several commercial television channels in Finland, such as MTV3 and Nelonen.

Several channels are available free of charge. Yle’s channels and many of the commercial channels are free of charge. You can also purchase channels subject to a fee.

linkkiExpatFinland:
Television in FinlandEnglish

linkkitvguido.com:
TV-programme guideEnglish

Radio

There are several radio channels in Finland. Most of the channels are also available online. Most radio channels are in Finnish.

Yle’s radio channel Mondo offers radio programmes in English and many other languages. Radio Sputnik is a Russian radio channel. Finest offers radio programmes in Estonian.

linkkiYLE Areena:
Online radio stationsFinnish

linkkiSuomi.fm:
Finnish radio channelsFinnish