Newspaper significance 2: the America’s

Compared to Europe, the ’significance’ of newspapers (the number of copies per 100 inhabitants) is much lower in the America’s. In only two countries, the USA and Canada, the number of copies (paid and free papers) per 100 inhabitants is 20 or higher. In nine countries the number is higher than 10.

Not all data seem to be very reliable, the WAN estimate for paid papers on Cuba is 1.8 million, but anybody who’s ever been on the island can testify (well, I can) that’s actually very hard to get your hands on a copy of the “best-read” paper Granma (which is supposed to have a circulation of 400,00). There are no data for some countries (Peru) while I skipped most of the small island countries.

When it comes to paid papers, the USA leads with 19 copies per 100 inhabitants. Most countries have less than 10 copies. Canada, Chile and the Dominican Republic are the only countries with a free newspaper count of more than 1.

In table format it looks like this:

all papers paid papers free papers
United States 20 19 1
Canada 20 15 5
Cuba 19 19
Bahamas 17 17
Suriname 16 16
Puerto Rico 14 14
Trinidad/Tobago 14 14
Venezuela 11 10 1
Panama 10 10
Costa Rica 8 8
Ecuador 8 7 1
Brazil 7 6 1
Mexico 7 6 1
Dominican Republic 7 4 3
El Salvador 6 6
Guatemala 6 6
Jamaica 6 6
Chile 6 4 2
Guyana 5 5
Uruguay 5 5
Argentina 5 4 1
Colombia 5 4 1
Honduras 4 4
Nicuragua 4 4
Paraguay 3 3
Bolivia 2 2
Haiti 0 0

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