Freedom of the Press

Norway

Norway

Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Free

Press Freedom Score
(0 = best, 100 = worst)

9

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

1

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

2

The constitution guarantees freedom of the press. Many newspapers are subsidized by the government in order to promote political pluralism. Most papers are privately owned and highly partisan. "Insulting" the flag or country may draw a prison term, as would defamation of the king or regent. No cases have been reported, however. Norway has one of the world's highest rates of Internet users per capita.