The newspaper's current offices in Örebro.
|Owner(s)||LT Liberala Tidningar AB|
|Political alignment||Independently liberal|
Nerikes Allehanda (shortened NA) is a daily newspaper based in Örebro, Sweden, and distributed across Örebro County. It was founded in 1843 as a weekly paper and became a daily in 1894. As of 2007[update], the newspaper has a circulation of 67,600 copies, making it the tenth largest in Sweden. It is owned by the media group LT Liberala Tidningar AB and the stated position of the editorial is "independently liberal".
The name Nerikes Allehanda is roughly translated "All of Närke" (allehanda is an older Swedish word meaning "of all sorts/kinds", and Nerike is an older Swedish spelling of Närke).
Nerikes Allehanda was founded in 1843 by Otto-Joel Gumaelius and Svante Falk. Falk was the owner of the printing house and Gumaelius, a devoted liberal, became its first editor. The first edition was published on 4 March 1843 and consisted of four pages. The newspaper was only published one day per week in 120 copies.
Nerikes Allehanda was transferred into a corporation (Swedish: aktiebolag) in 1888. In 1894, the newspaper started to get published six days per week. It still consisted of four pages but now had a circulation of about 6,000 copies.
In 1933, the lawyer Claes Ljung bought a majority of the newspaper's shares.
In 1944, Nerikes Allehanda merged with Nerikes Tidning and became the largest newspaper in the county with a circulation of about 31,000 copies.
In 1951 it started to get distributed as a morning paper (earlier it had been an evening paper).
In 1993, the radio station Radio Rix, which is now owned to 90% by Nerikes Allehanda, was started.
In 1995, the newspaper was published on the web for the first time.
In 2001, the newspaper was first distributed seven days per week.
Mohammed drawings controversy
On 19 August 2007, the newspaper printed a drawing by Swedish artist Lars Vilks depicting the Prophet Mohammed as a roundabout dog. According to editor-in-chief Ulf Johansson, the publishing of the image was done by the newspaper in order to protest the refusal of several Swedish art galleries to show a series of Mohammed paintings by Vilks.
In the ensuing days, demonstrations by Muslims and their supporters, and counter-demonstrations by youths claiming to be demonstrating in favor of freedom of the press occurred in Örebro. "They say they are offended and I regret that, because our purpose was not to offend anyone," Johansson told The Associated Press. "But they are asking for an apology and a promise that I never again publish a similar image ... and that I cannot do."
- "Nerikes Allehanda". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 25 March 2011.
- "Muslims Protest Swedish Newspaper's Cartoon of Prophet Muhammad". Fox News. 31 August 2007. Retrieved 25 March 2011.