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Type Daily newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) 365 prentmiðlar
Editor Ólafur Þ. Stephensen, Mikael Torfason
Founded 2001
Headquarters Iceland

Fréttablaðið (English: The Newspaper) is the Icelandic newspaper with the largest circulation. The paper is distributed free of charge to homes in parts of the country. Each paper is read by about 60% and at any given time only 20% will not have read it at all over the past week.

History and profile[edit]

Fréttablaðið is published 6 days per week, Monday - Saturday. It is owned by the media group 365 prentmiðlar. The publisher of the paper is Visir.[1]

Fréttablaðið has been accused of siding politically with the Social Democratic Alliance (Samfylkingin) and for favouring Icelandic membership of the European Union. However, many of its editors have had ties with its main political opponent the conservative Independence Party (Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn) and its former editor-in-chief and regular columnist is its former leader and Prime Minister Þorsteinn Pálsson.

In the period of 2001-2002 the paper had a circulation of 70,000.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Piet Bakker (2002). "Free daily newspapers ‐ business models and strategies". International Journal on Media Management 4 (3): 180–187. doi:10.1080/14241270209389998. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 

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