Press subsidies
Public subsidies for the press were introduced in Norway in 1969. The main objective of the subsidies is to maintain a heterogeneous newspaper landscape with a primary focus on local competition. Later on, grants to selected publications were introduced, such as political newspapers, newspapers for minorities or special groups etc. The most important subsidy are the production grants, which are awarded in proportion to the newspapers' circulation and market position. Press subsidies in Norway are administered by the Norwegian Media Authority.

In addition to the direct press subsidies listed here, Norwegian newspapers - both as print and online editions - receive indirect subsidies in the form of exemption from VAT on newspaper sales.

This overview presents total subsidies, as well as different types of support granted over the years.
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Press subsidies 2020 (1000 NOK)

Type of support2020  
Telecommunications support -  
Production subsidies358 100  
Support for press offices -  
Applied research and training12 095  
Distribution support -  
Grants to Sami newspapers34 630  
Grants to specific newspapers -  
Grants to minority newspapers -  
Distribution support Finnmark2 250  
Postage compensation -  
Innovation support20 250  
Total subsidies427 325  
Number of newspapers with production subsidies -  

Compensation for postage costs is incorporated in the production subsidies from 2008 onwards.

In 2007-2015 grants to particular newspapers were transferred to and administered by the Norwegian Arts Council. The 2007 sum therefore consists of grants to minority newspapers only. 2016 onward grants to particular newspapers were transferred back to the Media Authority and included in the production subsidy.

When using data from this database please refer to medianorway as well as the original source of the statistics.

Medienorge may have more detailed data than presented here. Please contact us by phone or e-mail.

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