|Owner||Politiken Fonden (88.4%)
Ellen Hørups Fond (4.4%)
|Publisher||JP/Politikens Hus A/S|
|Founded||October 1, 1884|
|Political alignment||Social liberal|
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). The number of readers are 375,000 on weekdays and 479,000 readers on Sundays (first half of 2012).
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.
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.
Dagbladet Politiken (The Daily Politiken) was founded on 1 October 1884 in Copenhagen by Viggo Hørup, Edvard Brandes and Hermann Bing. 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.
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.
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.
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".
The Cavling Award
Cavling award winners at Politiken:
- 1945 Henrik V. Ringsted
- 1946 Kristian Find (Findus)
- 1962 Jørgen Hartmann-Petersen (Habakuk)
- 1966 Herbert Pundik
- 1967 Sune Skallerup Sørensen
- 1968 Erik Nørgaard
- 1974 Anne Wolden-Ræthinge (Ninka)
- 1982 J. B. Holmgaard
- 1992 Svend Bjering Schmidt (Svenne)
- 2006 Miriam Dalsgaard (photographer) and Olav Hergel
Editors in chief
In some periods there were more than one, which is why some overlap each other.
- 1884–1901: Viggo Hørup
- 1901–1904: Edvard Brandes
- 1905–1927: Henrik Cavling
- 1927–1937: Valdemar Koppel
- 1937–1933: Ove Rode
- 1931–1959: Niels Hasager
- 1941–1963: Poul Graae
- 1946–1959: Hakon Stephensen
- 1959–1963: Svend Tillge-Rasmussen
- 1963–1966: Bo Bramsen
- 1963–1970: Ernst Priemé
- 1963–1971: Harald Engberg
- 1966–1971: Arne Ejbye-Ernst
- 1970–1993: Herbert Pundik
- 1971–1982: Bent Thorndahl
- 1981–1993: Agner Ahm
- 1981–1992: Jørgen Grunnet
- 1993–2011: Tøger Seidenfaden
- 2011–: Bo Lidegaard
- (Danish) Dansk Oplagskontrol
- Af. "Pressefotografforbundet: Jan Grarup forlader Politiken". Pressefotografforbundet.dk. Retrieved 2010-02-27.
- (Danish) Politiken
- Politiken, Jørgen Grunnet død, 22 January 2009
- Bjørn Bredal, Politiken mod Politiken – Idékampe 1884–2009, Politikens Forlag, 2009. ISBN 978-87-567-9080-2.