Grönköpings Veckoblad

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Grönköpings Veckoblad is a Swedish satirical monthly magazine. The name translates as "The Grönköping Weekly", or "The Greenville Weekly", Grönköping being a fictional Swedish town.[1] The name Grönköping predates the magazine; it was first used by Albert Engström as a headline for some of his drawings in 1895.[2]

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Founded in 1902[1] by Hasse Zetterström as a supplement to Söndags-Nisse, it became an independent magazine in 1916. The current editor in chief of the magazine is Ulf Schöldström.[3]

The parody language Transpiranto, a caricature of Esperanto, was introduced in a 1929 article by Nils Hasselskog, "World language in Grönköping's school" ("Världsspråk i Grönköpings skola").[4]

Grönköping has been characterized as a Sweden in miniature. Using bombastic and anachronistic language while purporting to describe and analyse current events in a serious manner, Grönköpings Veckoblad has become a Swedish institution and a standard for what is considered good satire.[5]


  1. ^ a b Salvatore Attardo (18 March 2014). Encyclopedia of Humor Studies. SAGE Publications. p. 473. ISBN 978-1-4833-4617-5. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Martin Kylhammar; Göran B. Nilsson (1997). Det klassiska Grönköping: Idyller och paniker (1st ed.). Stockholm: Fischer & Co. p. 9. ISBN 91-7054-835-8. 
  3. ^ TTSpektra (8 September 2008). "Ny chef för Grönköpings Veckoblad". Östgöta Correspondenten. Retrieved 22 February 2009. 
  4. ^ Gunilla Byrman (20 October 1997). "Europanto eller svenska?". HumaNetten. Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  5. ^ Martin Åberg (2006). Politikern i svensk satir 1950-2000:Från folkhemspamp till välfärdsmanager. (1st ed.). Lund: Nordic Academic Press. pp. 57–58. ISBN 91-89116-83-6. 

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