Suomen Kuvalehti

Suomen Kuvalehti (lit. "Finland's picture magazine", or "The Finnish picture magazine")[1] is a weekly Finnish language family and news magazine published in Helsinki, Finland.

Suomen Kuvalehti
EditorVille Pernaa
CategoriesNews magazine
Family magazine
Circulation79,275 (2013)
Year founded1873 (1873)
Based inHelsinki

History and profile

Suomen Kuvalehti was founded in 1873[1] and published until the year 1880. The magazine started publishing again in 1917,[2] and continues to this day. It was merged with Kansan Kuvalehti in 1934. The editor in 1935 was L.M. Viherjuuri.

The headquarters of Suomen Kuvalehti is in Helsinki.[2] The magazine is published by Otava every Friday.[3][4] Its editor is Ville Pernaa.

Suomen Kuvalehti originally supported center-right politics in the country.[1] In the aftermath of the Finnish Civil War, the magazine valorized the victorious Whites as patriots and heroes. It also published Vapautemme hinta, a book detailing Finnish losses during the Winter War, and like the vast majority of the Finnish press strongly favored the Finnish government against the Soviet invasion. In more modern times, the magazine has had a conservative[5] and Finnish liberal stance[2] without direct political affiliation.[1] The weekly aims to write in-depth articles about current topics and to provide opinion-shaping editorials.[2] The magazine focuses on news about national and international politics and culture.[1] It is one of the investigative journalism outlets in the country.[6]

Diary excerpts of Finnish novelist Antti Tuuri about his visit to Germany between 1992 and 1995 were published in Suomen Kuvalehti.[7] The comic strip Blondie regularly appears in the magazine. In the Jyviä ja akanoita ("wheat and chaff") column, various humorous misprints and grammatical goofs from other magazines and newspapers are printed.


The circulation of Suomen Kuvalehti was 102,000 copies in 2007 [8] and 96,000 copies in 2009.[2] In 2010 its circulation fell to 88,667 copies.[9] The 2011 circulation of the weekly grew to 91,277 copies.[9][10] But, it fell to 86,786 copies in 2012[9] and to 79,275 copies in 2013.[11]

Year Circulation
2007 102,000
2009 96,000
2010 88,667
2011 91,277
2012 86,786
2013 79,275

See also


  1. Miika Tervonen (December 2013). "Re-conceptualizing the Finnish Eastern Border: a pilot study on discourses in Suomen Kuvalehti, 1990-2010" (Working Paper). EU Border Scapes. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  2. "Suomen Kuvalehti". Euro Topics. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  3. "About Otavamedia". Otavamedia. Archived from the original on 17 April 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  4. Georgios Terzis, ed. (2007). European Media Governance: National and Regional Dimensions. Intellect Books. p. 100. ISBN 978-1-84150-192-5. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  5. Erkki Kauhanen; Elina Noppari (2007). "Innovation, Journalism and Future" (PDF). Technology Review (200). Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  6. Sampsa Saikkonen; Paula Häkämies (5 January 2014). "Mapping Digital Media:Finland" (Report). Open Society Foundations. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  7. Tuomas Forsberg (2000). "A friend in need or a friend indeed?" (PDF). UPI Working Papers (24). Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  8. Anne Austin; et al. (2008). "Western Europe Market & Media Fact" (PDF). ZenithOptimedia. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  9. "Top 50 Magazines". IFABC. 30 April 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  10. "Circulation Statistics 2011" (PDF). Media Audit Finland. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  11. "Circulation Statistics 2013" (PDF). Media Audit Finland. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
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