:16 AM

Or, it's just incomplete stats from UNESCO. The total newspapers by country list at nationmaster only has 67 of the 260+ countries in the world.

San Marino, top on the per capita list, shows 3 newspapers. India shows 5,222.

1,400 dailies gives the US 5 per million, putting it #24, just above India and Germany.

And here is the UNESCO newspapers page where you can view the data nationmaster used, plus circulation data and data on non-dailies, in HTML or download it as an Excel spreadsheet.

Posted by: Lynxx Pherrett at November 2, 2003 10:09 AM

Thanks, Lynxx!

Posted by: Matt Welch at November 2, 2003 11:22 AM

5. Greece 19.45 per 1000000

* does the Dance of Joy *

Posted by: Nik at November 2, 2003 03:15 PM

Matt - what is an over-lingual Scandinavian country?

Norway's high on the list partly because we like to read newspapers, but mostly because we want to be high on the list. Many of them would go away without subsidies. Many also have fewer readers than your weblog - and all but a handful fewer than Instapundit.

Posted by: Bjørn Stærk at November 6, 2003 07:01 AM

Bjorn -- I think you prove my point about being over-lingual. It's one thing to speak a second language (and I assume you also have a third and fourth), but to do so better than 90 percent of that language's native speakers is just ... excessive. Especially from the vantage point of, say, someone who speaks just the one language, and quite shoddily at that.

Posted by: Matt Welch at November 8, 2003 11:03 AM
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