Raija Kariola, Vice President, IR and Group Communications will start as an entrepreneur and IR consultant as of 1 January 2005.

As an independent consultant Kariola will continue to participate in developing SanomaWSOY's investor relations also in the future. The agreement includes e.g. further development of the IR function and messages, training and PR consulting for SanomaWSOY's divisions, and support in projects related to the disclosure requirements of a listed company.

SanomaWSOY Group's IR and Communications team is reporting to Matti Salmi, Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration, of SanomaWSOY. The team manager will be M.Sc. (Tech.) Kare Laukkanen, Manager, IR and Group Communications as of 1 January 2005.

- Raija has done an excellent work in developing SanomaWSOY's IR and Corporate Communications. This is a good base to continue from, Salmi states. - I wish Raija all the best in her new challenges. We will continue to co-operate also in the future, Salmi adds.

- I have always had an entrepreneur's mind and have considered becoming one for years, Raija Kariola says. - I have been fortunate to be able to work in interesting, international, and successful companies and to develop their IR. My employers have continuously offered challenges, from which I could gain wide experience. After working in IR for 16 years, now is the right time to carry through my long-term dream. For this purpose I also founded a company, Interlock Oy, already several years ago.

- SanomaWSOY has a good and competent IR and communications team, which allows me to be comfortable with this change, Kariola states.

For more information: Matti Salmi, tel. +358 105 19 5120 or Raija Kariola, tel. +358 105 19 5060