SanomaWSOY and Rautakirja will publish Prospectus and Merger Memorandum, in relation to the merger of SanomaWSOY and Rautakirja, at 10 a.m. today. The Prospectus will be available in Finnish at SanomaWSOY (Ludviginkatu 6 - 8, FIN-00130 Helsinki) and Rautakirja (Koivuvaarankuja 2, FIN-01640 Vantaa) and at HEX Gate, Fabianinkatu 14, Helsinki, Finland. The Prospectus in Finnish will be available at An English translation will be published on 13 September, after which copies will be available at SanomaWSOY and Rautakirja.

SanomaWSOY and Rautakirja announced a plan to merge Rautakirja into SanomaWSOY on 19 June 2002. The extraordinary general meetings of SanomaWSOY and Rautakirja, to be held on 18 September 2002, will take a decision on the merger.

The Prospectus shall not be delivered or distributed in the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, Great Britain or in any such country whose legislation requires any other transactions in addition to what is required according to Finnish laws and regulations.


Raija Kariola
Vice President
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