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For the Swedish paper Politiken, see Folkets Dagblad Politiken.
Politiken newspaper logo.svg
Politiken front page
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Politiken Fonden (88.4%)
Ellen Hørups Fond (4.4%)
Others (7.3%)
Publisher JP/Politikens Hus A/S
Editor Bo Lidegaard
Founded 1 October 1884
Political alignment Social liberal
Language Danish
Headquarters Copenhagen, Denmark
Circulation 97,986 [1]
Official website politiken.dk
Politiken building on The City Hall Square, Copenhagen. Photo by Henrik Reinholdson.

Politiken (Danish for "the politic", Danish pronunciation: [poliˈtiɡən]) is a Danish daily broadsheet newspaper, published by JP/Politikens Hus.


The paper is one of Denmark's leading newspapers in terms of both circulated copies and number of readers. The number of copies are 97,820 Monday through Saturday and 120,411 on Sundays (first half of 2012).[2] The number of readers are 375,000 on weekdays and 479,000 readers on Sundays (first half of 2012).[3]

The daily also runs an online newspaper politiken.dk. The site has around 800,000 monthly users and is the tenth most viewed page among the members of The Association of Danish Interactive Media.[4]

The newspaper also publishes an international edition named Politiken Weekly which compiles the most important stories of a week for Danes living abroad.

Internationally, Politiken is widely respected for its design for which it has won several awards. In 2012 Politiken was declared 'World's Best' along with four other newspapers in a competition carried out by the Society for News Design.[5]

The paper's design, format and brand was given as the reason, when a jury made up of journalists, scientists and experts in 2010 awarded Politiken with the European Newspaper Award.[6] The paper was awarded the European Newspaper of the Year in the national newspaper category by the European Newspapers Congress in 2011.[7]

Also, Politiken has been known for its photography. Jan Grarup, winner of several World Press Photo Awards and numerous other prizes, was a staff photographer from 2003 until 2009.[8]


Dagbladet Politiken (The Daily Politiken) was founded on 1 October 1884 in Copenhagen by Viggo Hørup, Edvard Brandes and Hermann Bing.[9] The foundation came about after Hørup and Brandes had been fired as editors from the newspaper Morgenbladet over political differences. Politiken started with daily circulation of 2,000 copies.

In 1904 Ekstra Bladet was founded as a supplement to Politiken. On 1 January 1905 Ekstra Bladet became an independent newspaper.

Politiken established its present location in central Copenhagen at The City Hall Square in 1912.

Wartime reporting[edit]

On 28 April 1940, three weeks after the German invasion of Denmark, Politiken ran an editorial in which Winston Churchill was called "a dangerous man". The editorial was written by foreign affairs editor Einard Schou after a conversation in the editor-in-chief's office with chairman of the board and soon-to-be-again Danish foreign minister Erik Scavenius. The aim is thought to have been to please the German occupational force, though no other Danish newspaper took such steps at the time — usually it was enough to keep within the newly introduced censorship. This led to 15,000 readers, about 10% of subscribers, cancelling their subscriptions in protest.[10]

Editorial line[edit]

Historically Politiken was connected to the Danish Social Liberal Party (Det Radikale Venstre), but the newspaper declared its political independence in 1970. Interestingly the newspaper is older than the party, making this a rare case of a newspaper starting a party rather than a party starting a newspaper.[citation needed]

In February 2010 the editor in chief at the time Tøger Seidenfaden apologized to anyone who was offended by the newspaper's decision to reprint the cartoon drawing by Kurt Westergaard, depicting Muhammed with a bomb in his turban, which was originally published in Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten. Seidenfaden explained that "Politiken has never intended to reprint the cartoon drawing as a statement of editorial opinion or values but merely as part of the newspaper's news coverage".[11]

The Cavling Award[edit]

Cavlingprisen ("The Cavling Award") is a Danish honorary award for journalism. It was named after a former reporter and editor-in-chief at Politiken Henrik Cavling.

Cavling award winners at Politiken:

Editors in chief[edit]

In some periods there were more than one, which is why some overlap each other.

See also[edit]


  • Bjørn Bredal, Politiken mod Politiken – Idékampe 1884–2009, Politikens Forlag, 2009. ISBN 978-87-567-9080-2.

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