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Front page of the first edition (1749)
Type Daily newspaper (since 1841)
Format Compact
Owner(s) Berlingske Media
Publisher Berlingske Tidende A/S
Editor Lisbeth Knudsen
Founded 3 January 1749; 270 years ago (1749-01-03)
Political alignment Conservative
Language Danish
Headquarters Copenhagen, Denmark
Circulation 96,897 (2011)

Berlingske, previously known as Berlingske Tidende (English: Berling's Times), is a Danish national daily newspaper based in Copenhagen.[1]

History and profile

First published on 3 January 1749,[2][3] Berlingske is the oldest Danish newspaper still published and among the oldest newspapers in the world.[4][5]

Berlingske was founded by Denmark's Royal Book Printer Ernst Henrich Berling and originally titled Kjøbenhavnske Danske Post-Tidender,[6] then the Berlingskes Politiske og Avertissements Tidende. The paper was supported by the Conservative Party.[7] Until 1903 it had an official right to publish news about the government.[7] In 1936, the newspaper's title was shortened to Berlingske Tidende.[8]

Mendel Levin Nathanson twice served as the editor-in-chief of the paper: between 1838 and 1858 and between 1866 and 1868.[1] The publisher is Det Berlingske Officin.[9]

The paper has a conservative stance[10][11] and has no political affiliation.[12]

The paper is also one of the "big three" broadsheet-quality newspapers in Denmark along with Jyllands-Posten and Politiken. Traditionally itself a broadsheet, Berlingske has been published in the tabloid/compact format since 28 August 2006.[13]

Berlingske has won many awards. It is the only newspaper in the world to have won the World Press Photo Award four times. It also won the most prestigious journalistic award in Denmark, the Cavling prize, in 2009. In addition, it was awarded the European Newspaper of the Year in the category of national newspaper by the European Newspapers Congress in 2012.[14]

Following a long period of ownership by the Berling family, the whole Berlingske-group was acquired in 1982 by a group of investors from the Danish corporate establishment including Danske Bank and A.P. Møller Mærsk. This takeover saved the group from an impending bankruptcy caused by a long strike period as well as dwindling circulation and advertising revenues.

In 2000, Det Berlingske Officin was acquired by the Norwegian industrial conglomerate Orkla Group; the Danish organization was integrated within a multinational Orkla Media group. In 2006 Orkla Media was sold to the British Mecom Group.[15]

In January 2011, the newspaper's title was abbreviated to Berlingske following a large-scale redesign of the newspaper's web and digital presence.[8]


In 1910 Berlingske Tidende had a circulation of 8,500 copies.[16] During the last six months of 1957 the paper had a circulation of 157,932 copies on weekdays.[17]

It was the second best-selling newspaper in Denmark with a circulation of 149,000 copies in 2002.[18] The circulation of the paper was 142,000 copies in 2003, making it again the second best-selling Danish newspaper.[19] In 2004 the paper had a circulation of 129,000 copies.[5] The circulation of Berlingske was 103,685 copies in 2008 and 103,221 copies in 2009.[20] It was 101,121 copies in 2010 and fell to 96,897 copies in 2011.[20]

See also


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  14. "European Newspaper Award 12+1". European Newspaper Congress. Retrieved 1 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. Ketupa Media Profiles: Stock values rise: €209m in 2000; €900m in 2006 Ketupa
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  20. 20.0 20.1 "National newspapers total circulation". International Federation of Audit Bureaux of Circulations. Retrieved 5 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

Further reading

  • Merrill, John C. and Harold A. Fisher. The world's great dailies: profiles of fifty newspapers (1980) pp 81-88

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