Åland – a peculiar media system

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Linden , C-G 2021 , ' Åland – a peculiar media system ' , NORDICOM Review , vol. 42 , no. 2 , pp. 8-21 . https://doi.org/10.2478/nor-2021-0014

Title: Åland – a peculiar media system
Author: Linden, Carl-Gustav
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Swedish School of Social Science
Date: 2021-03
Language: eng
Number of pages: 14
Belongs to series: NORDICOM Review
ISSN: 1403-1108
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/333629
Abstract: This article captures the dynamics of a special case when it comes to media systems, namely the Aland Islands, or Aland, with 6,700 islands and 30,000 inhabitants. Aland is one of three self-governed areas in the Nordic region (the others being the Faroe Islands and Greenland) and is an officially monolingual Swedish-speaking part of Finland, where the majority speak Finnish. In this article, I describe how Aland, despite its small size, has a media system characterised by a diverse and complete offering of local media: two daily newspapers, its own public service and public service offerings from both mainland Finland and neighbouring Sweden, a commercial radio station, and several magazines. However, media diversity is limited by the fact that the same person - a local business tycoon, Anders Wiklof - controls both newspapers. There is one main research question motivating this study: What are the specific features of the media system in Aland? To be able to answer that, I relied on the analysis of three sets of data: nine interviews, a two-part survey and the media policy adopted in 2018, and transcripts of the preceding political debate.
Subject: Aland
MINORITY LANGUAGE MEDIA
geography
heritage
local media
media system
518 Media and communications
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