Our story goes back to 1889. From the birth of Päivälehti newspaper to the acquisition of SBS Broadcasting. Explore the Sanoma timeline by dragging horizontally or use the highlighted years to navigate to a specific period of the Sanoma history.
The story of Sanoma begins in 1889 with the establishment of the newspaper Päivälehti in Finland.
Sanoma corporation registered as publishing company for Päivälehti. Päivälehti discontinued, Helsingin Sanomat newspaper established.
Sanoma acquires Viikkosanomat, the first weekly magazine.
Tabloid newspaper Ilta-Sanomat was established.
Sanoma expands to comics and womens’ magazines. Aku Ankka becomes part of our portfolio.
Helsingin Sanomat becomes the biggest newspaper in Finland.
Sanoma invests in printing capabilities and magazines.
Sanoma acquires Helsinki Televisio Oy, the first television company in its portfolio.
Separate companies were established for newspapers, magazines and digital communications.
Nelonen receives permission to start nation wide television operations in Finland.
Sanoma increases its holding in Young Digital Planet to 49%.
Partly owned retail company Rautakirja merges into SanomaWSOY.
Sanoma Corporation merges with book publisher Werner Söderström. SanomaWSOY is established.
WSOY acquires 27.8% of Young Digital Planet, a Polish company providing digital education solutions.
Sanoma acquires the magazine portfolio from Dutch media company VNU.
Sanoma expands its learning business in Europe by acquiring Malmberg in the Netherlands and Van In in Belgium.
Sanoma acquires the majority of shares (55.1%) of the Polish digital education solutions provider Young Digital Planet.
More than 50%
of net sales come from outside of Finland. Sanoma is now an international company.
Magazine publisher Independent Media is acquired in Russia.
Acquisition of NTK, a Hungarian educational publisher, and Perfekt, a Hungarian vocational training company.
SanomaWSOY is renamed to Sanoma. Acquisition of the Polish educational publisher Nowa Era.
Launch of the first iPad versions of newspapers and magazines. Focus on core operations: movie theatres, photography services, cable tv operations divested. All remaining shares of the Polish company Young Digital Planet are acquired.
Sanoma acquires the SBS television operations in the Netherlands and in Belgium. Netherlands becomes Sanoma's biggest market. Tammi Oppimateriaalit was acquired and merged with the Finnish educational publisher Sanoma Pro. The Swedish educational publisher Bonnier Utbildning was acquired and renamed Sanoma Utbildning.
Increased focus on consumer media and learning: kiosk operations divested.
Sanoma launches a new house style that reflects its transformed identity.