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Die Welt

Die Welt
Die Welt front page.jpg
The 11 April 2011 front page of Die Welt
Type Daily newspaper
Owner(s)Axel Springer SE
PublisherStefan Aust
EditorDagmar Rosenfeld
Founded2 April 1946
Political alignmentLiberal (Officially)
Conservative (Practically)
HeadquartersBerlin, Germany
WebsiteDie Welt
Previous logo (2010 - 29 November 2015)

Die Welt ("The World") is a German national daily newspaper, published as a broadsheet by Axel Springer SE. Die Welt is the flagship newspaper of the Axel Springer publishing group. Its leading competitors are the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the Süddeutsche Zeitung and the Frankfurter Rundschau. The modern paper takes a self-described "liberal cosmopolitan" position in editing, but it is generally considered to be conservative.[1][2]

As of 2016, the average circulation of Die Welt is about 180,000.[3] The paper can be obtained in more than 130 countries. Daily regional editions appear in Berlin and Hamburg. A daily regional supplement also appears in Bremen. The main editorial office is in Berlin, in conjunction with the Berliner Morgenpost.[]

Die Welt was a founding member of the European Dailies Alliance, and has a longstanding co-operation with comparable daily newspapers from other countries, including The Daily Telegraph (UK), Le Figaro (France), and ABC (Spain).[]

The newspaper currently publishes a compact edition entitled Welt Kompakt, a 32-page cut-down version of the main broadsheet. Welt Kompakt has a fresher look and is targeted to a younger public. The paper does not appear on Sundays, but the linked publication Welt am Sonntag takes its place.[]


Die Welt was founded in Hamburg in 1946[4] by the British occupying forces, aiming to provide a "quality newspaper" modelled on The Times. It originally carried news and British-viewpoint editorial content, but from 1947 it adopted a policy of providing two leading articles on major questions, one British and one German. The newspaper was bought by Axel Springer in 1953.

The 1993 circulation of the paper was 209,677 copies.[5] At its peak in the occupation period, it had a circulation of around a million.[6]

In 2002 the paper experimented with a Bavarian edition.

In November 2010, a redesign for the newspaper was launched, featuring a new logo with a dark blue globe, a reduced number of columns from seven to six, and typography based on the Freight typeface designed by Joshua Darden. Welt Kompakt was also redesigned to use that typeface.[7][8] In 2009, the Sunday edition Welt am Sonntag was recognized as one of the "World's Best-Designed Newspapers" by the Society for News Design, along with four other newspapers.[9]

On 2 May 2014, the Swiss German business magazine BILANZ began to be published as a monthly supplement of Die Welt.[10][11]

On 18 January 2018 the German TV channel N24 changed its name to Welt.[]


The paper was banned in Egypt in February 2008 due to the publication of cartoons depicting the Islamic prophet Muhammad.[12][13]


Since 1999, the Die Welt book supplement Die Literarische Welt ("The Literary World") has presented an annual EUR10,000 literature prize available to international authors.[14] The award is in honor of Willy Haas who founded Die Literarische Welt in 1925.



The Weltballon over Berlin
  • Rudolf Küstermeier (1946-1953)
  • Bernhard Menne (1950)
  • Paul Bourdin (1950)
  • Hans Scherer, Adalbert Worliczek, Adolf Helbig (1950-1952)
  • Albert Komma (1952-1953)
  • Hans Zehrer (1946 / 1953-1966)
  • Herbert Kremp (1969-1985)
  • Manfred Schell (1985-1992)
  • Peter Gillies (1985-1988)/(1992-1995)
  • Claus Jacobi (1993-1995)
  • Thomas Löffelholz (1995-1998)
  • Mathias Döpfner (1998-2000)
  • Wolfram Weimer (2000-2002)
  • Jan-Eric Peters (2002 - 31 December 2006)
  • Thomas Schmid (1 January 2007 - 2010)
  • Jan-Eric Peters (since 2010)[33]

See also


  1. ^ "The World from Berlin". Der Spiegel, 28 December 2009.
  2. ^ "Divided on unification". The Economist, 4 October 2010.
  3. ^ "Informationsgemeinschaft zur Feststellung der Verbreitung von Werbeträgern e.V." Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "European News Resources". NYU Libraries. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ Peter Humphreys (1996). Mass Media and Media Policy in Western Europe. Manchester University Press. p. 82. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ Patricia Meehan, A Strange Enemy People: Germans Under the British 1945-50. London: Peter Owen, 2001, pp. 176-9. ISBN 0-7206-1115-6.
  7. ^ "WELT-Redesign: größere Schrift, weniger Bilder". Fontblog. 22 November 2010.
  8. ^ "Joshua Darden". MyFonts.
  9. ^ Five papers named world's best designed SND, 2009.
  10. ^ Markus Knöpfli (2 May 2014). "Die Bilanz geht in die Welt". Medien Woche (in German). Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ "BILANZ - The German Business Magazine". INMA.org. Retrieved 2015.
  12. ^ "Der Spiegel issue on Islam banned in Egypt". France24. 2 April 2008. Retrieved 2013.
  13. ^ "Leading German Magazine Banned in Egypt". The Arab Press Network. 3 April 2008. Archived from the original on 10 September 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  14. ^ a b Benjamin Weinthal (11 November 2012). "German paper awards J'lem author literary prize". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2012.
  15. ^ "WELT-Literaturpreis an Imre Kertész in Berlin verliehen". Buch Markt (in German). 10 November 2000. Retrieved 2012.
  16. ^ "WELT-Literaturpreis 2001 an Pat Barker". Buch Markt (in German). 23 October 2010. Retrieved 2012.
  17. ^ "Leon de Winter erhält WELT-Literaturpreis". Buch Markt (in German). 8 November 2002. Retrieved 2012.
  18. ^ "Jeffrey Eugenides erhält WELT-Literaturpreis". Buch Markt (in German). 14 October 2003. Retrieved 2012.
  19. ^ "WELT-Literaturpreis an Amos Oz verliehen". Berliner Morgenpost (in German). 13 November 2004. Retrieved 2012.
  20. ^ "Yasmina Reza erhält WELT-Literaturpreis 2005 für ihr Lebenswerk". Buch Markt (in German). 7 October 2005. Retrieved 2012.
  21. ^ "Rüdiger Safranski erhält WELT-Literaturpreis 2006". Buch Markt (in German). 29 September 2006. Retrieved 2012.
  22. ^ "Welt-Literaturpreis für Daniel Kehlmann". Berliner Morgenpost (in German). 6 October 2007. Retrieved 2012.
  23. ^ "WELT-Literaturpreis 2008 für Hans Keilson". Berliner Morgenpost (in German). 17 October 2008. Retrieved 2012.
  24. ^ "Philip Roth erhält WELT-Literaturpreis 2009". Berliner Morgenpost (in German). 1 October 2009. Retrieved 2012.
  25. ^ "Auszeichnung: Claude Lanzmann erhält den "Welt"-Literaturpreis". Berliner Morgenpost (in German). 2 October 2010. Retrieved 2012.
  26. ^ Von Dominique Horwitz (4 November 2012). "Albert Ostermaier beherrscht Kunst der Literatur". Berliner Morgenpost (in German). Retrieved 2012.
  27. ^ Richard Kämmerlings (4 October 2013). "Jonathan Franzen erhält den "Welt"-Literaturpreis". Die Welt (in German). Retrieved 2013.
  28. ^ Richard Kämmerlings (3 October 2014). "Haruki Murakami erhält "Welt"-Literaturpreis 2014". Die Welt (in German). Retrieved 2014.
  29. ^ ""Welt"-Literaturpreis 2015 an Karl Ove Knausgård". Die Welt (in German). 18 September 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  30. ^ ""Welt"-Literaturpreis 2016 für Zadie Smith". Die Welt (in German). 7 October 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  31. ^ "Virginie Despentes erhält den WELT-Literaturpreis". Die Welt (in German). 5 October 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  32. ^ "Salman Rushdie erhält den WELT-Literaturpreis 2019". Die Welt (in German). 11 October 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  33. ^ Thomas Schmid wird Herausgeber der WELT-Gruppe/ BERLINER MORGENPOST: Axel Springer SE press release

Further reading

  • Merrill, John C., and Harold A. Fisher. The world's great dailies: profiles of fifty newspapers (1980) pp. 353-60

External links

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