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Fædrelandsvennen logo.jpg
Type Daily except sundays (6 days a week newspaper)
Format Compact
Owner(s) Schibsted ASA
Editor Eivind Ljøstad
Founded 1875; 140 years ago (1875)
Political alignment Liberal
Language Norwegian
Headquarters Kristiansand, Norway
Website www.fvn.no

Fædrelandsvennen (Friend of the Fatherland) is a regional newspaper based in Kristiansand, Norway, covering the southernmost part of the country, (Aust-Agder and Vest-Agder), focusing especially on the area between Mandal and Lillesand (west and east of Kristiansand).

History and profile[edit]

Fædrelandsvennen was established by Petrus Emilius Johanssen and Ole Christian Tangen in 1875.[1] It is owned by the Schibsted media company and has its headquarters in Kristiansand.[1] Eivind Ljøstad was appointed editor-in-chief of the paper in 2010.[1][2] It is published six days per week.[1][2]

It was Fædrelandsvennen which first reported on 29 December 1999 the relationship of Crown Prince of Norway with his future wife, Mette-Marit.[3]

On 16 September 2006 Fædrelandsvennen was switched from broadsheet to tabloid. On 14 May 2012, the newspaper introduced paid content for their online site—only subscribers can access the online newspaper in full.[2][4]

Fædrelandsvennen has 235 employees and has 116,000 daily readers and a circulation of 37,934 copies, making it Norway's ninth biggest newspaper.[5]


Confirmed circulation figures by Mediebedriftenes Landsforening (Newspaper Publishers' Association), Norway:[6]

  • 2006: 42,642
  • 2007: 41,326
  • 2008: 40,729
  • 2009: 39,454
  • 2010: 37,934
  • 2012: 35,441[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Annual Report 2010". Schibsted. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d Nina Kvalheim (2014). "News Behind the Wall". Nordicom Review 34: 25–42. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Neil Blain; Hugh O'Donnell (2003). Media, Monarchy and Power. Intellect Books. p. 269. ISBN 978-1-84150-043-0. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Bergmo, Tonje; Jappee, Gjermund; Haugen, Halvor (14 May 2012). "Fædrelandsvennen tar betalt for nettinnhold". Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 14 May 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Media Norway
  6. ^ Medienorge - fakta om norske massemedier - hovedsiden (Norwegian)

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