Flamman

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Flamman
Flamman (logotyp).svg
Type Weekly newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Tidningsföreningen Norrskensflamman
Editor-in-chief Aron Etzler
Founded 1906
Political alignment Independent socialist
Language Swedish
Headquarters Kungsgatan 84
Stockholm
ISSN 1403-7424
Official website www.flamman.se

Flamman (meaning The Flame) is a Swedish socialist newspaper. It was founded in 1906 by the workers in the northern mine fields and was the regional newspaper of the Swedish Social Democratic Workers' Party. The paper was originally named Norrskensflamman (The Flame of Northern Lights), before a change of name in 1998. The circulation of the paper reached its peak in the 1920s, with 11,000 daily copies.

After the Social Democratic Party was divided in 1917, the newspaper became a regional organ of the Swedish Social Democratic Left Party (SSV) in Norrbotten County, and later the Swedish Communist Party (SKP). When the Communist Party split in 1977, the newspaper became the voice for the Workers Party - The Communists (APK). In 1989, it changed from being a daily to a weekly newspaper. In 1990, the newspaper broke with APK and became an independent socialist weekly.

The 1940 arson attack[edit]

On the night of 3 March 1940, an arson attack was made against the offices of Norrskensflamman in Luleå. The attack was the biggest political attack during the 1900s and considered a terrorist attack. Five persons were killed, including two children, and another five persons were injured. The newspaper's offices were completely destroyed. Responsible were Ebbe Hallberg, a landsfiskal, Uno Svanbom, a military captain, three other officers, as well as Gunnar Hedenström, a journalist from the right-wing newspaper Norrbottens-Kuriren). The attack was planned in the offices of Norrbottens-Kuriren.[1]

The arson attack had financial support from Andreas Lindblom, manager of Skansen, and Paul Wretlind, chairman of the Stockholm section of the Liberal People's Party.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Attentatet mot Norrskensflamman Norrländska Socialdemokraten, 12 september 2009
  2. ^ Om: Ordfront magasin (in swe), Stockholm, Sweden: Föreningen Ordfront, 1998:6 

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