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Front page of first edition (3 December 1881)
Type Daily newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Alma Media
Editor Matti Apunen
Founded 1881 (1881)
Political alignment Neutral
Language Finnish
Headquarters Tampere
Circulation 114,231 (2013)
Website .fi.aamulehtiwww

Aamulehti (Finnish for "morning newspaper") is a Finnish language daily newspaper published in Tampere, Finland.


  • History and profile 1
  • Circulation 2
  • Editors 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

History and profile

Aamulehti was founded in 1881[1][2] to "improve the position of the Finnish people and the Finnish language" during Russia's rule over Finland.[3] Therefore, the founders were nationalistic Finns in Tampere.[1][4]

In the 1980s Aamulehti acquired the paper Uusi Suomi which was closed in 1991.[1] Aamulehti was published in broadsheet format[5] until April 2014 when the paper began to be published in tabloid format.[2][6] Matti Apunen is the editor-in-chief of the paper[7] which is based in Tampere and serves for the Pirkanmaa region.[8]

Until 1992 the paper was aligned to the National Coalition Party,[9][10] but no longer has official connections to any political party.

Aamulehti Corporation was the owner of Aamulehti[11] until 2003 when the paper was acquired by Alma Media, a large media corporation in Finland, for a reported 460 million euros.[12] The sister papers of the daily are Iltalehti and Kauppalehti.[1][13]

Aamulehti publishes four weekly supplements: the entertainment-centered Valo ("Light"), which is published on Fridays, and Moro ("Hi" in the dialect of the Tampere region), which explores the culture of Tampere on Thursdays. In 2006 the two Sunday supplements were added: Asiat ("Matters") and Ihmiset ("People"). The paper covers news on innovation journalism at least once in a month.[14]


Aamulehti was the third largest newspaper in Finland in 1993 with a circulation of 135,194 copies.[9] Its circulation was 135,478 copies in 2001, making it the third most read paper in the country.[15] The circulation of the paper was 135,00 copies in 2003, making it the third best selling newspaper in the country.[16] In 2004 the paper had the third largest circulation[17] with an average circulation of 136,028 copies[18] per day and 140,802 copies on Sundays. The paper had a readership of 329,000 the same year.[18]

Aamulehti was the third best selling newspaper in 2005 with a circulation of 136,743 copies.[5][19] In 2006 it was again the third best-selling paper in the country with a circulation of 138,258 copies.[20] The 2007 circulation of the paper was 139,165 copies.[5][21]

The circulation of Aamulehti was 139,130 copies in 2008 and 135,293 copies in 2009.[22] It was 131,539 copies in 2010 and 130,081 copies in 2011.[22] The paper had a circulation of 114,231 copies in 2013.[23] Aamulehti was the second most read paper in terms of circulation and fifth largest paper in terms of readership in 2014.[24]

In 2010 the online version of Aamulehti was the twenty-third most visited website in Finland in 2010 and was visited by 262,947 people per week.[25]



  1. ^ a b c d Antti Ainamo (May 2006). "Between West and East: A Social History of Business Journalism in Cold War Finland" (PDF). Human Relations 59 (5). Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "History". Alma Media. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Willing's Press Guide. T. Skinner Directories. 2002. p. 283. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Georgios Terzis, ed. (2007). European Media Governance: National and Regional Dimensions. Intellect Books. p. 99.  
  5. ^ a b c Kaarina Nikunen (2013). "Losing my profession: Age, experience and expertise in the changing newsrooms" (PDF). Journalism (Sage Publications). Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "From Broadsheet to Tabloid" (PDF). University of Tampere. January 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  7. ^ Heikki Hellman (2011). "From aesthetes to reporters: The paradigm shift in arts journalism in Finland" (PDF). Journalism 13 (6).  
  8. ^ Laura Ruusunoksa (3 May 2006). "Public Journalism and Public Sphere(s)" (Conference paper). University of Tampere. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  9. ^ a b Bernard A. Cook (2001). Europe Since 1945: An Encyclopedia. Taylor & Francis. p. 384.  
  10. ^ Raimo Salokangas. "From Political to National, Regional and Local" (Book chapter). Cirebon. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "Recent Mergers And Acquisitions In Finland - Aamulehti And MTV Merge To Form Media Giant". Mondaq. 8 May 1997. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  12. ^ Wurff, R. van der; Lauf, Edmund (2005). Print And Online Newspapers in Europe: A Comparative Analysis in 16 Countries. Het Spinhuis. p. 124.  
  13. ^ Katja Lehtisaari et. al. (2012). "Media Convergence and Business Models: Responses of Finnish Daily Newspapers" (Research Report). University of Helsinki. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  14. ^ Antti Ainamo (29 May 2006). "Innovation Journalism for Bridging the Gap Between Technology and Commercialization". Innovation Journalism 3 (4).  
  15. ^ Mary Kelly; Gianpietro Mazzoleni; Denis McQuail, eds. (31 January 2004). The Media in Europe: The Euromedia Handbook. SAGE Publications. p. 62.  
  16. ^ "World Press Trends" (PDF). World Association of Newspapers. Paris. 2004. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  17. ^ "Media pluralism in the Member States of the European Union" (PDF). Commission of the European Communities. Brussels. 16 January 2007. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  18. ^ a b Olli Nurmi (11 October 2004). "Colour quality control – The Finnish example" (PDF). VTT. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  19. ^ Sampsa Saikkonen; Paula Häkämies (5 January 2014). "Mapping Digital Media:Finland" (Report). Open Society Foundations. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
  20. ^ "Top ten daily newspapers by circulation 2006". Nordicom. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  21. ^ "The Nordic Media Market" (PDF). Nordicom. 2009. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  22. ^ a b "National newspapers total circulation". International Federation of Audit Bureaux of Circulations. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  23. ^ "Circulation Statistics 2013" (PDF). Media Audit Finland. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  24. ^ Sanna Koskinen et. al (2014). "Media portrayal of older people as illustrated in Finnish newspapers". International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-Being 9. Retrieved 13 December 2014. 
  25. ^ Kari Karppinen; Hannu Nieminen; Anna-Laura Markkanen (2014). "High Professional Ethos in a Small, Concentrated Media Market" (PDF). Blogipalvelut. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 

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