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This is a list of paid daily newspapers in the world by average circulation. Worldwide newspaper circulation figures are compiled by the International Federation of Audit Bureaux of Circulations and World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. This list shows the latest figures that are publicly available through either organisation.

Some figures are disputed; the numbers for Japanese newspapers have been subjected to claims of "oshigami" (exaggeration by over-supplying papers to businesses).[1] Free newspapers are not included in the list.


Top newspapers by circulationEdit

This list below shows paid newspaper dailies by circulation worldwide. The data is compiled from WAN-IFRA's World Press Trends 2016 report.[2][3][note 1]

Newspaper Country Language Circulation (thousands)
Yomiuri Shimbun   Japan Japanese 9,101
Asahi Shimbun   Japan Japanese 6,622
USA Today   United States English 4,139
Dainik Bhaskar   India Hindi 3,818
Dainik Jagran   India Hindi 3,308
The Mainichi Newspapers   Japan Japanese 3,166
Cankao Xiaoxi   People's Republic of China Chinese 3,073
Amar Ujala   India Hindi 2,935
The Times of India   India English 2,836
The Nikkei   Japan Japanese 2,729
People's Daily   People's Republic of China Chinese 2,603
Chunichi Shimbun   Japan Japanese 2,452
Hindustan Dainik   India Hindi 2,410
Malayala Manorama   India Malayalam 2,343
The Wall Street Journal   United States English 2,379
Bild   Germany German 2,220
The New York Times   United States English 2,134
Guangzhou Daily   People's Republic of China Chinese 1,880
Nanfang Daily   People's Republic of China Chinese 1,853
Rajasthan Patrika   India Hindi 1,812

Historical dataEdit

Worldwide circulation figures for previous years can be seen from WAN-IFRA and IFABC here.

  • WAN-IFRA World Press Trends 2014 (Figures available for 2014)[4]
  • World Press Trends Database (Figures available from 2014-2010)[5]
  • IFABC National Newpapers Total Circulation 2013 (Figures available from 2012-2008)[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Some figures are disputed; the numbers for Japanese newspapers have been subjected to claims of "oshigami" or exaggeration by over-supplying papers to businesses.


  1. ^ The Australian: Omens from the shrinking Japanese newspaper business
  2. ^ Milosevic, Mira (2016). "World Press Trends 2016" (PDF). WAN-IFRA. p. 58. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  3. ^ "World Press Trends 2016: Facts and Figures". WAN-IFRA. Archived from the original on July 6, 2017. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  4. ^ Milosevic, Mira; Chishlom, Jim; Kilman, Larry; Teemu, Henriksson (2014). "World Press Trends 2014" (PDF). WAN-IFRA. p. 37. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  5. ^ "Summaries | World Press Trends Database". WAN-IFRA. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  6. ^ "National Newpapers Total Circulation" (XLS). International Federation of Audit Bureaux of Certification. December 20, 2013. Retrieved January 15, 2018.