Päivälehti was a newspaper in Finland, which was then a Grand Duchy under the Czar of Russia. The paper was founded in 1889[1] as the organ of the Young Finnish Party and was published on six days a week. The founding company of the paper was Sanoma which also started its activities in the same year.[1] The founder of the paper was the Finnish journalist Eero Erkko who also served as its editor-in-chief.[1]

Political censorship by the Russian authorities, prompted by the paper's strong advocacy of greater Finnish freedoms and even outright independence, forced Päivälehti to often temporarily suspend publication. In June 1904, a week after Governor-General Nikolai Ivanovich Bobrikov was assassinated by Eugen Schauman, Päivälehti published an editorial about how at the time of mid-summer, the light wins against the darkness after all.[2] As a consequence of this, the paper was closed permanently the same year.[1]

In its place, the owners founded the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, only four days after the last issue of Päivälehti.


  1. "SanomaWSOY Corporation - Company Profile". Reference for Business. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  2. "Juhannuksena", Päivälehti (121), p. 2, 24 June 1904
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