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.

Press subsidies 1983 - 2020 (1000 NOK)

Type of support
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
 
Telecommunications support---2 4222 5752 7752 7752 9302 9302 938 
Production subsidies---115 000119 900116 549116 190122 962133 742156 580 
Support for press offices---2 4352 5352 8353 0103 6784 2284 484 
Applied research and training---11 00011 27212 37013 05014 19515 09516 510 
Distribution support---23 73324 00021 40021 40022 59222 59226 428 
Grants to Sami newspapers-------2 8342 8342 939 
Grants to specific newspapers---13 26513 30014 15015 65015 71818 89320 592 
Distribution support Finnmark---------1 200 
Total subsidies---167 855173 582170 079172 075184 909200 314231 671 
Number of newspapers with
production subsidies
-------130-- 
Type of support
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
 
Telecommunications support1 2811 4001 4531 469------ 
Production subsidies133 245150 667170 317190 931204 603202 682200 401202 811188 250159 700 
Support for press offices4 6414 8175 4986 2619 8739 87310 09510 1952 900- 
Applied research and training15 57416 35318 46618 62818 11617 61615 01212 75013 10012 300 
Distribution support14 24814 78915 34415 521------ 
Grants to Sami newspapers3 4563 5873 7223 7653 8455 7666 0967 4178 0008 000 
Grants to specific newspapers20 89923 25024 12224 89931 85731 85734 07435 19935 85035 400 
Distribution support Finnmark1 2421 2891 3771 3521 3801 3801 4111 4391 4501 500 
Total subsidies194 766216 152240 259262 826269 674269 174267 089269 811249 550216 900 
Number of newspapers with
production subsidies
124117115109114120122131130126 
Type of support
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
 
Production subsidies164 170180 000234 500232 446246 966244 267251 767251 767264 452264 452 
Applied research and training12 57412 67415 26915 26914 76914 60812 30011 10011 57712 086 
Grants to Sami newspapers8 00010 00011 00011 23611 61912 96913 36913 87718 87721 627 
Grants to specific newspapers35 10035 50033 25030 05030 35020 1779 5771 487-- 
Grants to minority newspapers--------1 487987 
Distribution support Finnmark1 4851 4851 5301 5601 5601 5601 6101 6711 7431 743 
Postage compensation------14 30014 300-- 
Total subsidies221 329239 659295 549290 561305 264293 581302 923294 202298 136300 895 
Number of newspapers with
production subsidies
129129129127135138138139138138 
Type of support
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
 
Production subsidies272 915281 374287 944307 946308 246308 246313 046313 000320 000318 000 
Applied research and training12 50512 50512 5059 9509 05010 84611 10011 33011 51011 780 
Grants to Sami newspapers22 31923 01123 36724 13824 98325 03127 03127 50028 10033 700 
Grants to minority newspapers769793818845875----- 
Distribution support Finnmark1 7991 8551 8551 9161 9832 0482 0482 0902 1352 190 
Innovation support---------10 000 
Total subsidies310 307319 538326 489344 795345 137346 171353 225352 920361 745375 670 
Number of newspapers with
production subsidies
138140139141147138151157158152 
Type of support
2020
2021
2022
2023
2024
2025
2026
2027
2028
2029
 
Production subsidies358 100--------- 
Applied research and training12 095--------- 
Grants to Sami newspapers34 630--------- 
Distribution support Finnmark2 250--------- 
Innovation support20 250--------- 
Total subsidies427 325--------- 
Notes:

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.

Important:
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