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Reporters Without Borders ranks Norwaymarker 1st in its Worldwide Press Freedom Index, the same level as Icelandmarker and Luxembourgmarker. Freedom of the press in Norway dates back to the constitution of 1814. The Norwegian press is privately owned and self-regulated; however there is a press support.


The two companies dominating the Norwegian terrestrial broadcast television are NRKmarker (with four main programs, NRK1, NRK2, NRK3 and NRK Super) and TV2 (with TV 2 Filmkanalen, TV 2 Nyhetskanalen, TV 2 Sport, TV 2 Zebra. Other, long-running channels are TVNorge and TV3.


National radio is dominated by public service company NRKmarker, which is funded through the same fee that is collected for television sets. NRK has three main programs broadcast over FM and DAB, NRK P1, NRK P2 and NRK P3. In addition, a large number of special programs are broadcast over DAB only.

In addition, a number of commercial radio stations exist, in addition to local radio stations run by various non-profit organizations.

Media bias

Image:Mandatfordeling stortingsvalget 2009.svg|Distribution of mandates after the actual 2009 Norwegian parliamentary election:Image:Mandatfordeling etter norske journalister stortingsvalget 2009.svg|Distribution of mandates by Norwegian journalists sympathies before the 2009 Norwegian parliamentary election:As with other related countries, the Norwegian media is often criticized of being biased towards the political left. This has been proven by political scientist Frank Aarebrot as being clearly true, in terms of both Norwegian journalists and editors.

For instance, in the actual 2009 election, the Progress Party received 41 mandates, while by journalists it would have received none. The Christian Democratic Party and Center Party would also have been left without representation, while the revolutionary socialist party Red would enter parliament with 9 mandates. The Socialist Left and Liberal Party would also receive significant gains. In 2003, as much as 36% of Norwegian journalists said they would vote for the Socialist Left Party alone, with only 25% saying that they would vote for any of the right-of-center Liberal, Christian Democratic, Conservative or Progress Party combined. News commentator Frank Rossavik once said that if a journalist would stand forward as a Progress Party voter, it would have been "social suicide", and more devastating than withdrawing from the Norwegian Union of Journalists.

Norwegian editors have as well been proven to have leftist political views, with a 2008 survey showing that the Labour Party would have been given a majority in parliament alone with 85 representatives.

The notion of political bias based on the sum of individuals' party selection has been criticized. Among others, conservative historian and politician Francis Sejersted holds that the general media is neither left-slanted nor right-slanted, but "media-slanted". This means that media across the political spectrum have a tendency to choose the same angle on a case, focusing on personification and dramatic events.

Social media

As of August 2009, it was estimated that 1,156,000 Norwegians use Facebook. For comparison, the total number of inhabitants is about 4,830,000.

Film and cinema


Institutions within organized labour are the Norwegian Union of Journalists, the Association of Norwegian Editors and the Norwegian Media Businesses' Association—these are organized in the umbrella Norwegian Press Association. The Press Association is responsible for Pressens Faglige Utvalg, which oversees the Ethical Code of Practice for the Norwegian Press. The Broadcasting Council oversees the state-owned Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. The Norwegian Media Authority contributes to the enforcement government regulations.


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