List of newspapers in Germany

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The number of national daily newspapers in Germany was 598 in 1950, whereas it was 375 in 1965.[1] Below is a list of newspapers in Germany, sorted according to circulation as of early 2003 (magazines mid-2005; national subscription papers end 2008), as listed at which tracks circulations of all publications in Germany.

National subscription papers[edit]

Germany's national subscription papers
No. Newspaper Abbreviation Circulation Frequency Political alignment Publisher/Parent Company Website
1 Die Zeit 653,533    weekly center-left/liberal Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group (Monika Schoeller, Stefan von Holtzbrinck)
2 Süddeutsche Zeitung SZ 559,287    daily center-left-wing/ progressive-liberal Südwestdeutsche Medien Holding (Gruppe Württembergischer Verleger (Neue Pressegesellschaft mbh & Co. KG (Eberhard Ebner))), Medien Union (Dieter Schaub)
3 Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung FAZ 477,407    daily liberal-conservative Fazit-Stiftung (Wolfgang Bernhardt)
4 Die Welt 350,240    daily liberal-conservative Axel Springer AG (Axel Springer Gesellschaft für Publizistik GmbH & Co. (Friede Springer))
5 Frankfurter Rundschau FR 203,917    daily Social democratic/left-wing M. DuMont Schauberg (Alfred Neven DuMont), new owner/publisher in 2013
6 Münchner Merkur MM 200,000    daily centre-right Mediengruppe Münchner Merkur/tz
7 Der Tagesspiegel 184,830    daily classical liberal Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group (Monika Schoeller, Stefan von Holtzbrinck)
8 Handelsblatt 145,437    daily Economic interventionism, Social liberalism Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group (Monika Schoeller, Stefan von Holtzbrinck)
9 die tageszeitung taz 80,262    daily left/green taz, die tageszeitung Verlagsgenossenschaft eG (Ines Pohl)
10 Neues Deutschland ND 48,811    daily Socialist, Communist Communio Beteiligungsgenossenschaft eG (Jürgen Reents), Föderative Verlags-, Consulting- und Handelsgesellschaft mbH – FEVAC (The Left (Gesine Lötzsch, Klaus Ernst))
11 Junge Freiheit JF 19,483    weekly right, conservative Junge Freiheit Verlag GmbH & Co (Dieter Stein)
12 Junge Welt jW 17,000    daily left, Marxist Verlag 8. Mai (Arnold Schölzel)
13 Jungle World JW 11,500    weekly left, undogmatic Jungle World Verlags GmbH (Bernd Beier)
14 Berliner Tageszeitung BTZ daily centrist BASILISK Inc. (Raiko Opitz)


The conservative leaning Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) has the highest reputation; its main competitors are the left-wing Süddeutsche Zeitung and liberal-conservative Die Welt.
Handelsblatt is a financial newspaper published Monday through Friday. So was Financial Times Deutschland, which ceased publication in December 2012.
A Swiss German-language newspaper with a high reputation is the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, sold at several shops in Germany with its international edition. The same is true for Austrian newspaper Der Standard.

Germany's national news magazines[edit]

Both Der Spiegel and Focus are now out on Sunday with early prints; for Spiegel International in English on the internet:

Regional subscription papers in Germany[edit]

Local subscription papers[edit]

Non-German-language newspapers[edit]

Boulevard papers ("tabloid" style)[edit]

National boulevard papers[edit]

also called "Bildzeitung"; with several regional issues/editions like Bild Hamburg or Bild Köln. The Bild can be compared to tabloids, but the page size is bigger (broadsheet).
Bild has a Sunday sister newspaper, Bild am Sonntag, with a separate editor.

Regional boulevard papers (tabloids)[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pippa Norris (Fall 2000). "Chapter 4 The Decline of Newspapers?". A Virtuous Circle: Political Communications in Post-Industrial Societies (PDF). New York: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Collins, Ross F., and E. M. Palmegiano, eds. The Rise of Western Journalism 1815-1914: Essays on the Press in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain and the United States (2007)
  • Ross, Corey. Mass Communications, Society, and Politics from the Empire to the Third Reich (Oxford University press 2010) 448pp
  • Esser, Frank, and Michael Brüggemann. "The strategic crisis of German newspapers." in David AL Levy and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, eds. Changing Business of Journalism and its Implication for Democracy (Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, 2010) pp: 39-54.
  • Olson, Kenneth E. The History Makers: The Press of Europe from hits Beginnings through 1965 (1967) pp 99-134
  • Thode, Ernest, ed. Historic German Newspapers Online (2014)

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