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Heti Világgazdaság

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Heti Világgazdaság
CategoriesBusiness magazine
Founded1979; 45 years ago (1979)
CompanyHVG Kiadó Zrt.
Based inBudapest
LanguageHungarian and English
Websitehvg.hu Edit this at Wikidata

HVG (formerly called Heti Világgazdaság; lit.'Weekly World Economy')[1] has been Hungary’s leading economic and political weekly both in terms of circulation and readership[2][3][4] since it was founded in 1979.[5] It is closely modeled on The Economist in style and content.[6][7]

As a regular source of news and information, HVG has a significant influence on business decision makers and other stakeholder groups.[citation needed] Its editorial office is in Budapest. HVG provides information about domestic and international politics, economy and society.[citation needed]

HVG has an online news portal, which is available on all platforms: mobile, tablet, android and iOS applications. With its news and analyses, HVG reaches more than 1.5 million people every week on its various print and digital platforms. [citation needed]

HVG weekly cover page 2018/33

History and profile[edit]

The magazine was important in the years spanning the transition from communism in airing new ideas and challenging boundaries.[8] During the same period, it was also a leading investigative publication.[9] HVG Publishing Co. was founded in 1989. In 2003, Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ) acquired 75% of the magazine.[9] In 2014 WAZ (Funke) redeemed its majority stake, which was bought back by former HVG shareholder, management and editorial staff, and HVG was again in Hungarian hands.

HVG cover pages[edit]

HVG's cover pages always work on one of the main themes of the week, mostly depicting ironic humor. In the 80's, headlines were mostly not photos, but graphics featuring suggestive hints. These covers intended to affect the sense of humor of readers sensitive to the criticism of the ruling political system. After the change of regime, cover pages became partly more concrete, and partly continued the earlier tradition.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Neal Bedford; Lisa Dunford (2009). Hungary. Lonely Planet. p. 44. ISBN 978-1-74104-694-6. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  2. ^ "World Newspapers and Magazines - Hungary". Worldpress. Retrieved 10 May 2008.
  3. ^ "Hungary Reform Adjusts to Realities". TIME. 5 October 1987. Archived from the original on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2008.
  4. ^ Thomas L. Friedman (10 May 2006). "The Post-Post-Cold War". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 May 2008.
  5. ^ Everete E. Dennis; Jon Vanden Heuvel (October 1990). "Emerging Voices: East European Media in Transition. A Gannett Foundation Report" (Report). Ganet Foundation. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Why Big Media Guns Are Tracking HVG". Businessweek. 2 April 2002. Archived from the original on 23 May 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2009.
  7. ^ Rita M. Csapo-Sweet; Ildiko Kaposi (Spring 1999). "Mass Media in Post-Communist Hungary". International Communications Bulletin. 34 (1–2). Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  8. ^ "The press in Hungary". BBC News. 29 April 2004. Retrieved 10 May 2008.
  9. ^ a b Balazs Sipos (2013). "Bias, partisanship, journalistic norms and ethical problems in the contemporary Hungarian political media" (PDF). Central European Journal of Communication. 7 (1). Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 May 2018. Retrieved 28 January 2015.