Sweden has always had a strong tradition of media consumption. The status of the press is defined as "free" by the international organization Freedom House, also because of the legal provisions protecting freedom of expression in the country.
The print media is very strong: Sweden is one of the world top consumers of newspapers. The newspaper system is based on a local and regional scale: only a few newspapers have a national readership. The total newspapers’ circulation in 2011 was of 3,041,100 copies on weekdays (falling of 3,6% from 2010).The most-popular media, though, is the television. There’s a strong public service broadcaster, the Sverige Television (SVT), but private commercial competitors are strong, too. Internet access also is more and more widespread: 91% of the population could access it as of December 2011.
Newspapers in Sweden