Share of media used as the main news source in Finland 2020

According to a 2020 survey, the internet remained the main news source for most Finns. The second most popular source of news was television, named by roughly one third of respondents. Other sources, such as printed media and radio, were used by less than ten percent of them as the main news source.

Websites and apps of newspapers are the most used news source

Although older age groups mainly followed the news on the television, Finnish people aged 54 years and younger increasingly used the internet as their main news source. Correspondingly, websites and apps of newspapers narrowly surpassed television as the most used source of news in 2020. In addition to news websites, the use of social media to follow the news became more popular among Finns between 2019 and 2020.

Finns trust traditional outlets for coronavirus news

In April 2020, television news and newspapers were considered as the most trusted sources to provide accurate information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Around 70 percent of Finns said that they kept themselves updated on the impacts of COVID-19 by following television news. When asked about the public broadcaster’s (Yle) response to the COVID-19 outbreak, almost 90 percent had a positive opinion about the way Yle had handled the situation as of March 2020.

Which of the following media do you use as the main source of news?

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Sources

Release date

June 2020

Region

Finland

Survey time period

January to February 2020

Number of respondents

2,021 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

The question was phrased by the source as follows: "Kerroit, että käytit näitä uutislähteitä viimeisen viikon aikana. Mikä sanoisit olevan pääasiallinen uutislähteesi?"

*Includes digital media, social media and blogs.

Multiple answers were possible.

For this statistic, the media types have been collected by the source from the answering options of figure 3 in the report.

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