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Circulation of daily newspapers in Sweden from 2007-2017

In the last years, the paid circulation of daily newspapers strongly decreased in Sweden. While it amounted to more than 3.4 million copies in 2007, the lowest figure was found ten years later with only 1.4 million copies. Similarly, the revenue of the whole Swedish newspaper industry dropped to 15.43 billion Swedish kronor in 2017.

Circualtion vs. readership

Paid Circulation means newspapers that are sold to a certain number of people on an average day. That includes both subscriptions and newspapers sold at newsstands. Compared to that, readership is the circulation of a newspaper multiplied by the average number of people reading each copy. For example, the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet had on average 376 thousand readers per day in 2017, whereas the circulation amounted to 164.9 thousand copies.

Bonnier is the leading publisher

Based on the circulation, Bonnier ranked highest among newspaper companies in Sweden in 2015. Their newspapers, such as Dagens Industri and Expressen, recorded a total circulation of 592 thousand copies. Additionally, the media company generated the highest revenue among Swedish newspaper publishers in 2017.

Paid circulation of daily newspapers in Sweden from 2007 to 2017

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Release date

May 2019



Survey time period

2007 to 2017

Special properties

daily newspapers; incl. Sunday editions; average circulation the whole week

Supplementary notes

From 2011 onwards, there are no official audited circulations for two to six major dailies depending on year. Therefor the data are incomplete.

Due to a change of methods, data from 2016 are not comparable to previous years.

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