The success of the graphical and structural revamp of Helsingin Sanomat carried out last year was recognised in a recent Nordic newspaper graphics competition, in which the paper was awarded second place. The revamp of Ilta-Sanomat won third place in the same category. First place was not awarded in the competition, which attracted entries from 69 papers from all the Nordic countries.

The competition jury drew particular attention to the greater readability and improved overall feel of Helsingin Sanomat's redesign. The enhanced clarity, layout, and use of colour incorporated in the redesign of Ilta-Sanomat were also highlighted.

A five-page article on neo-Nazism in Ilta-Sanomat was awarded second place in the competition's feature category. Articles and individual pages in Helsingin Sanomat, the paper's monthly magazine, and the business daily, Taloussanomat, also received recognition.