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Hufvudstadsbladet front page, June 10, 2011
Hufvudstadsbladet (abbr. Hbl) is the highest-circulation Swedish-language newspaper in Finland. Its headquarters are located in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. The name of the newspaper translates approximately into "The Capital City Newspaper", hufvudstad (modern spelling huvudstad) being 19th-century Swedish for capital. The newspaper is informally also called Husis or Höblan.
Hufvudstadsbladet was founded by August Schauman in 1864, and the first edition was published on 5 December the same year. During the late 19th century, the paper was the highest-circulation newspaper in Finland.
In 1920 the company Hufvudstadsbladets Förlag och Tryckeri AB was founded to operate the newspaper. The company's principal owner and chief executive officer was Amos Andersson, who would also serve as editor-in-chief of the newspaper between 1922 and 1936. Konstsamfundet (approx. The Art Foundation), founded by Andersson in 1940, took over ownership of Hufvudstadsbladet in 1945, and has wholly owned the newspaper since.
In the spring of 2004, Hufvudstadsbladet changed its format from broadsheet to tabloid. In the same year, it became Finland's tenth highest circulating newspaper. Currently the newspaper has a circulation of just under 50,000 on weekdays and just above that on weekends.
A weekly supplement called Vision (television and radio programming information) is distributed with the newspaper on Thursdays. From August 2006 to May 2010 Hbl also published a full-colour weekly magazine called Volt with focus on lifestyle, features and photography. During its existence Volt was awarded more than 30 design prizes, much thanks to the visionary skills of AD Jesper Vuori.