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Berlingske Tidende

Front page berlingske 14122009.jpg
Front page 14 December 2009
TypeDaily newspaper (since 1841)
Owner(s)Berlingske Media
PublisherBerlingske Tidende A/S
EditorTom Jensen
Founded3 January 1749; 271 years ago (1749-01-03)
Political alignmentConservative
HeadquartersCopenhagen, Denmark
Circulation96,897 (2011)

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

First published on 3 January 1749,[2][3]Berlingske is Denmark's oldest continually operating newspaper, and among the oldest newspapers in the world.[4][5]

History and profile

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 the official right to publish news about the government.[7] In 1936, the newspaper's title was shortened to Berlingske Tidende.[8]

The historic first cover page of Berlingske (1749)

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 3 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 February 2015, Berlingske was acquired by the family-owned Belgian media company De Persgroep together with the rest of Mecom Group.[16]


In 1910 Berlingske Tidende had a circulation of 8,500 copies.[17] During the last six months of 1957 the paper had a circulation of 157,932 copies on weekdays.[18]

It was the second best-selling newspaper in Denmark with a circulation of 149,000 copies in 2002.[19] The circulation of the paper was 142,000 copies in 2003, making it again the second best-selling Danish newspaper.[20] 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.[21] It was 101,121 copies in 2010 and fell to 96,897 copies in 2011.[21]

The cover page of Berlingske September 7, 1807 (Royal Danish Library)
The cover page of Berlingske September 4, 1865 (Royal Danish Library)

See also


  1. ^ a b "Factsheet Denmark" (PDF). Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. January 2007. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ Julius Moritzen (February 1905). "What The People Read in Scandinavia". The American Monthly Review of Reviews. 31 (2): 206.
  3. ^ Anna B. Holm. "Discontinuities in Business Model Innovation of the Danish Newspaper Industry" (PDF). Conferenga. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 December 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ "Oldest newspapers still in circulation". World Association of Newspapers. Archived from the original on 7 January 2004. Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ a b "The Press in Denmark". BBC. 20 December 2005. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ Stig Hjarvad (2004). "The Globalization of Language" (PDF). Nordicom Review (1-2). Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ a b Casper Andersen; Hans H. Hjermitslev (2009). "Directing Public Interest: Danish Newspaper Science 1900-1903". Centaurus. 51 (2): 143-167. doi:10.1111/j.1600-0498.2009.00145.x.
  8. ^ a b Jens Jørgen Madsen (11 January 2011). "Berlingske Tidende får nyt navn" [Berlingske Tidende gets new name]. Journalisten. Danish Journalist Union.
  9. ^ Carmelo Mazza; Jesper Strandgaard Pedersen (2004). "From Press to E-Media? The Transformation of an Organizational Field". Organization Studies. 25 (6): 875-896. doi:10.1177/0170840604042407.
  10. ^ Peter Kjaer; Mette Morsing (2011). "Corporate Reputation and the News Media in Denmark" (PDF). In Craig E. Carroll (ed.). Corporate Reputation and the News Media. New York and London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-203-86858-4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  11. ^ Bent Jensen (2008). The Unemployed in the Danish Newspaper Debate from the 1840s to the 1990s (PDF). Odense: University Press of Southern Denmark. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 January 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  12. ^ Jose L. Alvarez; Carmelo Mazza; Jordi Mur (October 1999). "The management publishing industry in Europe" (PDF). University of Navarra. Archived from the original (Occasional Paper No:99/4) on 30 June 2010. Retrieved 2015.
  13. ^ "Vejen til tabloid". Berlingske Tidende (in Danish). 2006.[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "European Newspaper Award 12+1". European Newspaper Congress. Archived from the original on 10 August 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  15. ^ Ketupa Archived 11 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine Media Profiles: Stock values rise: EUR209m in 2000; EUR900m in 2006 Archived 17 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine Ketupa
  16. ^ "Grønt lys for salg af Berlingske Media". 11 February 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  17. ^ Hans Henrik Hjermitslev (October 2010). "Danes commemorating Darwin: apes and evolution at the 1909 anniversary". Annals of Science. 67 (4): 485-525. doi:10.1080/00033790.2010.495316. PMID 21466130.
  18. ^ Britt-Mari Persson Blegvad (1964). "Newspapers and Rock and Roll Riots in Copenhagen". Acta Sociologica. 7 (3): 151-178. doi:10.1177/000169936400700302. JSTOR 4193580.
  19. ^ "World Press Trends" (PDF). World Association of Newspapers. Paris. 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 November 2017. Retrieved 2015.
  20. ^ "World Press Trends" (PDF). World Association of Newspapers. Paris. 2004. Retrieved 2015.
  21. ^ a b "National newspapers total circulation". International Federation of Audit Bureaux of Circulations. Retrieved 2014.

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