Front page from 8 October 2006. Featured in the cover story is Austrian kidnap victim Natascha Kampusch.
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Verdens Gang (lit. "The passage of the world", in the sense "The tide of the world" or "The course of the world"), generally known under the abbreviation VG, is a Norwegian tabloid newspaper owned by Schibsted. The editor in chief is Torry Pedersen. In 2013, circulation numbers stood at 164,430, having declined from a peak circulation of 390,510 in 2002.
History and profile
VG was established by members of the resistance movement shortly after the country was liberated from German occupation in 1945. Christian A. R. Christensen served as its first editor in chief and the first issue was published on 23 June 1945. The paper is based in Oslo.
VG is owned by the media conglomerate Schibsted, which also owns Norway’s largest newspaper, Aftenposten, as well as newspapers in Sweden and Estonia and shares in some of Norway’s larger regional newspapers.
In the period of 1995–1996 VG had a circulation of 386,137 copies, making it the best-selling paper in the country. The paper had a circulation of 284,414 copies in 2008. It was for many years the largest newspaper in Norway, but was surpassed by Aftenposten in 2010. The paper was Norway’s second largest print newspapers, measured in circulation, but had the largest number of readers, with a daily readership of 631,000 in 2013.
VG is also one of the most award-winning newspapers in Norway for its journalism. In 2010 the newspaper had 10 different revealing news-stories  competing for the prestigious Skup-prisen.
VG is not affiliated with any political party.
VG Nett is VG's news site online, operated through its wholly owned subsidiary VG Multimedia. VG Nett made a net operating profit of 40 percent in 2006, making it an unusually successful online media operation. VG Nett initiated the HTTP accelerator project varnish with its first release in 2006 as open-source.
Numbers from the Norwegian Media Businesses' Association, Mediebedriftenes Landsforening.
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