Turun Sanomat is the leading regional newspaper of the region of Finland Proper. It is published in the region's capital, Turku, and is read daily by about 280 000 people, or 70% of the inhabitants, in the city and its surrounding municipalities, making it the third most widely read morning newspaper in Finland after Helsingin Sanomat and Aamulehti.
History and profile
Turun Sanomat has been published since 1904 as supporter of the liberal Young Finnish Party. The paper has been officially politically independent and non-aligned since 1961. It is owned by TS Group.
The newspaper 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. Its circulation was 115,142 copies in 2001, making it the fifth largest paper in the country. The 2004 circulation of the paper was 112,567 copies and it was the third best-selling paper in the country. The same year the paper had a readership of 282,000. Its circulation was 112,000 copies in 2006, making it again the third most read paper in Finland.
The circulation of Turun Sanomat was 111,845 copies in 2008 and 109,504 copies in 2009. It was 107,199 copies in 2010 and 103,314 copies in 2011. Turun Sanomat was the third most read paper in terms of circulation and sixth largest paper in terms of readership in 2011.
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