Ranking of publishing companies in the Nordic countries 2019, by turnover

Family-owned Albert Bonnier AB is the largest publishing company in the Nordic countries. In 2017, the Swedish publisher generated a turnover of over 2.7 billion euros. Its subsidiary Bonnier AB, also based in Sweden, came closely behind, with a revenue of roughly 2.6 billion euros that year.

Games and software publishers

This ranking includes not only book and other print media publishers, but also for example video games companies, such as Mojang AB. The Swedish digital games developer came sixth in the list with a turnover of 345.31 million euros. Additionally, the ranking comprises software publishers, for example Dolby International AB and Microsoft AB.

Swedish publishers are highest valued

The ranking of the leading Nordic companies in the publishing industry is dominated by Swedish enterprises. Only one Danish and two Finnish publishers are included. The largest Norwegian company was Schibsted. The media house generated a turnover of roughly 1.7 billion euros as of 2017. Other publishers with headquarter in Norway are, amongst others, Verdens Gang or Polaris Media.

Ranking of companies in the publishing activities industry in the Nordic countries as of March 2019, by turnover

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Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden

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as of March 2019*

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excl. subsidiaries; net sales

Supplementary notes

* Turnover is always based on the latest available financial statement.

Figures have been rounded.

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