Free Estonian daily Linnaleht now weekly

Checking the website of free Estonian daily Linnaleht revealed that the paper is still published but converted to a two-days-a-week paper in the beginning of 2009 and to a weekly in 2010. This means that the number of European countries with free dailies is now down to 29 (33 in 2008, also the Ukraine, Lithuania and Germany lost their last free dailies).

Linnaleht was a joint operation of Eesti Meedia (Schibsted) and Ekspress Group that both publish rivaling quality dailies: Postimees (EM) and Eesti Päevaleht (EG).

The paper was launched in December 2005 in two different language editions (Estonian and Russian) in the capital Tallinn, in 2007 an edition for Tartu was added, while a weekly version started in Pärnu in the same year. Total daily circulation was around 75,000.

The paper was published four days a week (not on Mondays). In January 2009 the Tuesday and Thursday edition were dropped. In April 2009 the Tartu edition went weekly as well. In January 2010 all editions were weekly only – published only on Fridays.

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