Press subsidy in Luxembourg

A press subsidy (Luxembourgish: Staatlech Pressehëllef) is given by the government to newspapers in Luxembourg under the Law of 13 August 1998 on the Promotion of the Printed Press. They are awarded automatically to all general-interest newspapers appearing at least once a week that have full-time staffs of at least five journalists and of which advertisements constitute less than 50% of the newspaper.[1]

The total programme amounted to €7,754,499 in 2009. One-third of the total subsidy is spread evenly between qualifying newspapers, with the other two-thirds being proportional to the number of pages. All newspapers except the dominant Luxemburger Wort depend on the press subsidy for survival.[2]

In addition, newspapers received indirect subsidy by a preferential postal rate, a ceiling on television and radio advertising, and a reduced value added tax rate of 3%.[1]

2009 subsidies

Newspaper Subsidy (€)
Tageblatt 1,659,554
Luxemburger Wort 1,524,658
Le Quotidien 1,197,239
La Voix du Luxembourg 933,221
Lëtzebuerger Journal 540,421
Télécran 375,763
Le Jeudi 358,005
Zeitung vum Lëtzebuerger Vollek 353,281
Revue 321,984
D'Lëtzebuerger Land 259,954
Woxx 230,417
Total 7,754,499
Source: Service Information et Press


  1. ^ a b Fernández Alonso, Isabel; de Moragas, Miquel; Blasco Gil, José Joaquín; Almiron, Núria (2006). Press Subsidies in Europe (PDF). Barcelona: Generalitat of Catalonia. ISBN 978-84-393-7269-1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  2. ^ Hirsch (2004), p. 140