Mass media in Switzerland

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With its four national languages, its cultural diversity and economical status, Switzerland has long had one of the best developed and most complete mass media sectors in Europe.[1][2]

Still, due to its small territorial size, it is strongly influenced by the media of larger bordering countries, with foreign journals, radios and televisions popular throughout the country.[3] The broadcasting sector is dominated by the SRG SSR, subsidized by the federal government,[4][5] while the printed press is free of governmental involvement.

Switzerland was ranked sixth in 2019 in the annual "Worldwide press freedom ranking of countries" published by Reporters Without Borders, tied with Belgium, Jamaica, New Zealand and Denmark.[6][7]





See also[edit]


  • Euromedia Research Group; Mary Kelly; et al., eds. (2004). "Switzerland". Media in Europe (3rd ed.). Sage Publications. ISBN 978-0-7619-4132-3.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Qualität der Medien 2019 (pdf) (in German) (Jubiläumsausgabe ed.). Schwabe Verlag Basel. ISBN 9783796540899. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  2. ^ Russ-Mohl, Stephan (3 January 2020). "Wie viel Medienpatriotismus braucht das Land?". (in German). Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  3. ^ Emil Egli; Aubrey Diem; Daniel Wachter. "Switzerland - Cultural institutions". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Media subsidies: Current position and recommendations for the future" (pdf). Federal Media Commission FMEC. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  5. ^ Wartburg, Reto Gysi von. "How the world's countries provide public media". SWI Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  6. ^ "2019 World Press Freedom Index | Reporters Without Borders". RSF. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  7. ^ Misicka, Susan. "Swiss press freedom under threat from cuts". SWI Retrieved 19 March 2020.