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Metro International, S.A.
Company typePublic (Nasdaq StockholmMTROA, (Nasdaq StockholmMTROB)
OwnersAB Custos

Metro International is a Swedish media company based in Luxembourg that publishes the freesheet newspaper Metro. [1] This newspaper is primarily intended for city commuters in business areas.

The company was founded by Per Andersson and started as a subsidiary of the Modern Times Group along with Viasat Broadcasting. It is now controlled through the Mats Qviberg owned investment company Custos.[2] The first edition of the newspaper was published as Metro Stockholm and distributed in the Stockholm metro. As of 2012, all European editions (except for the Hungarian one) have been sold.[3][4]

Metro newspapers[edit]

The Amsterdam version of Metro from 31 August 2007, showing a headline about vandalism on Wikipedia.

As of October 2009, there were 56 daily editions in 15 languages and in 19 countries across Europe, North and South America, and Asia, for an audience of more than 17 million daily readers and 37 million weekly readers.[1]

Metro newspaper editions are distributed in high-traffic commuter zones or in public transport networks via a combination of self-service racks and by hand distributors on weekdays. Saturday editions are published in Stockholm, Santiago, São Paulo, and Lima. The distribution points are located in high-density population areas.

Metro International launched several editions in Canada during 2000, leading to the creation of several commuter newspaper competitors, such as Sun Media's 24 Hours.

The local name of the Metro newspaper editions may vary due to trademark issues. Peruvian, Chilean, and Mexican editions are called Publimetro, and the Spanish edition is named Metro Directo.

Not all newspapers named Metro are part of the Metro International group. Associated Newspapers publishes another freesheet called Metro in twelve areas around Britain. This UK Metro is not related to Metro International, which used the name Morning News for its (now defunct) freesheet distributed there. However, Metro International and Associated Metro collaborated on the Dublin Metro Herald newspaper (launched 10 October 2005), which they both own a third of, along with The Irish Times. The Dublin Metro newspaper uses the Associated Metro logo and format, however.[5] It is reported that Metro International has plans to launch a rival free evening newspaper in London.[citation needed]

There are also other examples of newspapers named Metro that are not part of the Metro International Group. In Belgium, Mass Transit Media, a joint venture of Concentra and Rossel, publishes the free daily newspaper Metro. In California, Metro Silicon Valley is a free weekly newspaper which was founded in 1985. Neither of these newspapers have links to Metro International.

In Hong Kong, Metro International sold Metro Daily in 2013 to a local businessman.[6]

Timeline of Metro editions[edit]

  • Metro was first launched in Stockholm on 13 February 1995.
  • The first international edition launched in Budapest, Hungary in Hungarian (1998) and became the most popular daily with 400.000 daily edition. The newspaper had two editions, in the countryside and in Budapest. The popular Metro - later renamed as Metropol - was sold to a Hungarian private editor in 2011 and became target of the political fights. The newspaper was closed in 2015. On 7 September 2020, the daily restarted with the British Metro look and the same name, renaming the pro-government tabloid Lokál.
  • A German-language edition is published in Switzerland by Metro Publication (Schweiz) AG under the name Metropol on 31 January 2000 as a direct competitor to 20 Minuten. The newspaper ceased publication without announcement on 13 February 2002.
  • In 2000, a Spanish edition named Publimetro is published in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a circulation of 390,000.[7] Facing competition from the free daily La Razón published by Grupo Clarín, Publimetro is suspended indefinitely a year later.[8]
  • A weekly magazine named Metropop starts publication in Hong Kong on 27 April 2006 (published on Thursdays).
  • At the end of 2006, Metro started a dedicated technology paper, Metro Teknik (English section)[9] which is distributed weekly to companies, science parks, and technical universities around Sweden.
  • Due to financial difficulties in the press sector in general, and the free press in particular, Metro International closed down its Polish edition on 5 January 2007. Earlier, the Danish afternoon version of the newspaper was closed down, and the business in Finland was sold.[citation needed]
  • As of October 2008, the Croatian Metro edition was also cancelled, due to disappointing advertorial income.
  • As of 29 January 2009, Metro International closed down its Spanish operations.
  • In 2009, Metro sold its US papers.[10]
  • As of 31 May 2012, Metro International was delisted from the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm stock exchange.[11]
  • In August 2016, the French version of the newspaper, published since 2002 and property of TF1 since 2011, is discontinued.[circular reference]
  • In September 2016, the Portuguese version of the newspaper, published since 2004 and property of Cofina since 2009, is discontinued.[12]
  • In August 2019, the newspaper ceased operations in Sweden.
  • On 20 March 2020 the last Netherlands edition of the Metro, published since 21 June 1999, was distributed.[13] It continues as an online news platform, owned by Mediahuis Nederland B.V.[14]

Metro editions by region[edit]


  • South Korea: Metro is published in Busan and Seoul. It started as the first free newspaper in South Korea and is the only officially distributed free newspaper in South Korea following the bankruptcy of the free newspaper Daily Nocut News in 2014.[15][16]
  • Hong Kong: Metro was distributed across MTR stations in Kowloon, Hong Kong Island, Tsuen Wan and Tseung Kwan O until 2019, when it stopped publishing newspapers. Since then, it has been an internet-only newspaper.


There are national editions in the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Finland, the Netherlands (online only),[14] Russia, and Sweden (Metro). City editions of Metro are published in many major cities.

Belgium has a bilingual free newspaper with the same name, but it is not owned by Metro International. Likewise, Metro in the United Kingdom is not part of the network. In France, the Metronews has been acquired and merged by the media company LCI - itself property of TF1.

North America[edit]

Former Metro newspaper vending boxes in Toronto. It was rebranded in 2017 as StarMetro after merging with Torstar Corporation
  • Canada: The first Canadian Metro paper was launched in Toronto in 2000, and eventually launched in multiple cities across Canada through joint ventures with Canadian companies or through brand licensing. By 2020, only the French-language Montreal edition will remain.
    • English-language: Became a 50-50 joint venture with Torstar in 2001. In 2017, Postmedia Network acquired Metro in Ottawa and discontinued the publication.[17] Metro International sold most of its stake in English-Canadian newspapers to Torstar in 2011. It continued to hold a 10% stake in the StarMetro newspaper chain published in Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Toronto, and Vancouver. Publication ceased on 20 December 2019.[18]
    • French-language: Métro is published in French in Montreal and is wholly owned by Métro Média since 2018, which licenses the Metro brand. It is distributed throughout Montreal and its suburbs and has a readership of one million.[citation needed] Due to financial difficulties, its last edition was issued on 11 August 2023, and the company has since been declared bankrupt.[19]
  • Mexico: Publimetro is published in Mexico City, Monterrey, Morelia, Puebla, Mérida, Leon and Querétaro.
  • United States: Metro is published in Philadelphia and Puerto Rico and was formerly published in Boston and New York City. The New York City edition was acquired by Schneps Media (which also acquired the Philadelphia edition of Metro) and merged the New York City edition of Metro with AM New York to form AM New York Metro.[20][21]

Nicaragua: Metro is published in Managua.

Guatemala: Metro is published in Guatemala City.

South America[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Metro International S.A. - Annual Report 2006" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 18 May 2007.
  2. ^ "Kinnevik säljer Metro till Qviberg-bolag". digital.di.se. 15 February 2017. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  3. ^ Sabel, Pieter (29 August 2012). "Wat moet TMG met gratis dagblad Metro?". de Volkskrant. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Telegraaf koopt gratis dagblad Metro". de Volkskrant. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  5. ^ Byrne, Ciar (3 April 2003). "Desmond in Swedish talks over London freesheet". The Guardian.
  6. ^ "nextmedia.com". hk.apple.nextmedia.com. Archived from the original on 20 October 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2023.
  7. ^ "www.horadecierre.net". Archived from the original on 17 April 2007.
  8. ^ "Togel Hongkong: Togel HK Pools, Pengeluaran HK, Keluaran HK Prize, Data HK Hari Ini". Togel Hongkong: Togel HK Pools, Pengeluaran HK, Keluaran HK Prize, Data HK Hari Ini. Archived from the original on 16 April 2007.
  9. ^ Metro.se Archived 2 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Magnusson, Niklas (11 May 2009). "Metro International Sells U.S. Business to Former CEO Toernberg". Bloomberg. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013.
  11. ^ "Metro delisted 31 May 2012". Metro International. 3 May 2012. Archived from the original on 24 October 2012.
  12. ^ "Jornal gratuito "Metro" vai acabar". Diário de Notícias. 1 September 2016.
  13. ^ "Metro 20 jaar: laatste gratis dagblad van ons land". 20 June 2019.
  14. ^ a b "Colofon". Metronieuws.nl.
  15. ^ "마지막 남은 무가지 '메트로'의 운명은?". The PR 더피알. 11 July 2014.
  16. ^ "데일리노컷뉴스 파산… 직원들은 거리로?". 미디어오늘. 15 July 2014.
  17. ^ Postmedia shutting down Metro Ottawa, 14 eastern Ontario newspapers, CBC News Ottawa, 27 November 2017
  18. ^ "Toronto Star shutting down StarMetro newspapers | CBC News".
  19. ^ "Métro Media, publisher of Journal Metro and several other papers, to declare bankruptcy". Montreal. 17 September 2023. Retrieved 20 October 2023.
  20. ^ Kelly, Keith J. (5 January 2020). "Freebie newspapers amNew York, Metro to merge, become amNewYork Metro". New York Post. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  21. ^ "amNewYork and METRO join forces to become New York City's top daily paper". Am Metro New York. Schneps Media. 6 January 2020. Retrieved 6 January 2020.

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