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Vasabladet logo.svg
Type Daily newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) HSS Media Ab
Editor Niklas Nyberg
Founded 1856; 161 years ago (1856)
Political alignment Neutral
Language Swedish
Headquarters Vaasa
Circulation 19,325 (2013)

Vasabladet (abbr. VBL) is a Swedish language regional daily newspaper in Ostrobothnia, Finland. In terms of circulation, it is the second largest Swedish newspaper in Finland, behind Hufvudstadsbladet.

History and profile[edit]

Vasabladet is the second oldest newspaper in Finland (following Åbo Underrättelser), the first edition having been published on 7 May 1856.[1] Until 1939, its name was Wasabladet, reflecting the old spelling of the Swedish name for Vaasa. Its headquarters is located in Vaasa[2] (Vasa in Swedish), with local offices located in Jakobstad, Karleby, Närpes and Kristinestad.

Vasabladet is part of and is published by HSS Media.[3] The paper was published six times per week[2] until 2004 when it became one of three Swedish language newspapers in Finland to be published daily, the other two being Hufvudstadsbladet[4] and Jakobstads Tidning. In May 2013, parts of the online news content were locked behind a hard paywall.

In 1989 Vasabladet had a circulation of 27,000 copies.[4] In 2009 its circulation was 22,493 copies, most of which were sold in Vaasa and surrounding areas in Ostrobothnia. The circulation of the paper was 19,325 copies in 2013.[5]


  1. ^ Jyrki Jyrkiäinen. "Media Landscapes. Finland". Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Finland Press". Press Reference. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Up to 24 employees dismissed at HSS Media". Journalistiliitto. 20 March 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Kenneth Douglas McRae; Mika Helander; Sari Luoma (1999). Conflict and Compromise in Multilingual Societies: Finland. Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press. p. 315. ISBN 978-0-88920-347-1. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Circulation Statistics 2013" (PDF). Levikintarkastus Oy - Finnish Audit Bureau of Circulations. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 

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