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NRC Handelsblad
Front page of 11 February 2014
TypeDaily newspaper (no Sunday edition)
Format41.5 cm × 28 cm
Editor-in-chiefRené Moerland[1]
Founded1970; 54 years ago (1970) (by merger)
Political alignmentLiberalism[2]
HeadquartersRokin 65
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Circulation202.097 (2017)[3]
Websitewww.nrc.nl (in Dutch)

NRC, previously called NRC Handelsblad (Dutch pronunciation: [ɛnɛrseː ˈɦɑndəlzblɑt]), is a daily morning newspaper published in the Netherlands by NRC Media. It is generally accepted as a newspaper of record in the Netherlands.



NRC Handelsblad was first published on 1 October 1970 after a merger of the Amsterdam newspaper Algemeen Handelsblad (founded 1828 by J.W. van den Biesen) and the Rotterdam Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant (founded 1844 by Henricus Nijgh).[4] The paper's motto is Lux et Libertas – Light (referring to the Age of Enlightenment) and Freedom.

Editor Folkert Jensma [nl] was succeeded on 12 December 2006, by Birgit Donker [de].[5] After a dispute with the new owners, Donker had to step down on 26 April 2010[6] and was replaced by Belgian Peter Vandermeersch [nl].[7] In 2019, he was succeeded by René Moerland.[8]

On 7 March 2011, the paper changed its format from broadsheet to tabloid. The circulation of NRC Handelsblad in 2014 was 188,500 copies, putting it in 4th place among the national dailies.[9]

In 2015 the NRC Media group was acquired by the Belgian company Mediahuis.

In 2022, when it stopped producing evening editions, the paper shortened its official name to NRC, by which it had already been known colloquially.

NRC Next


Between 2006 and 2021 Mediahuis also published nrc•next, a morning tabloid aimed at young people.



While they consider themselves one of the Dutch national "quality" newspapers next to de Volkskrant and Trouw, NRC Handelsblad sees itself as the most internationally oriented of those three, and has been labeled left-liberal.[citation needed] The newspaper is popular among voters of the Democrats 66.[citation needed]



Journalists who work or have worked for NRC Handelsblad include: Henk Hofland, Hans van Mierlo, Marc Chavannes, Geert Mak, Karel van Wolferen, Jérôme Louis Heldring, Joris Luyendijk, Marjon van Royen, Derk Jan Eppink, Adriaan van Dis, Ben Knapen, and Paul Marijnis.



Algemeen Handelsblad

Algemeen Handelsblad
Front page of Dutch daily newspaper Algemeen Handelsblad, May 10, 1940. Headline: "German troops have crossed the Dutch border"
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Nederlandse Dagbladunie (1962–1970)
Political alignmentLiberal
Ceased publication1 October 1970
People reading Algemeen Handelsblad

The Algemeen Handelsblad was an influential Amsterdam-based liberal daily newspaper published between 1828 and 1970. It was founded in 1828[4] by J.W. van den Biesen, a stockbroker.[10] The paper aimed at providing news about trade, share holding and banking.[10] Later its coverage was expanded to cover political news.[10]

At the peak of its influence—from the time of the Boer War, when it championed the Boer cause in South Africa, through World War I—it was edited by Charles Boissevain. The paper had a liberal stance.[4]

Algemeen Handelsblad merged in 1970 with the Rotterdam-based liberal daily newspaper Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant into the NRC Handelsblad.[4][11]

Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant

Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant
Supplement 1898, with Princess Wilhelmina and her father
TypeDaily newspaper
Political alignmentLiberal
Ceased publication1970

The Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant was an influential Rotterdam-based liberal daily newspaper published between 1844 and 1970. It was founded in 1844 by Henricus Nijgh.[4] The paper merged in 1970 with the Algemeen Handelsblad to form the NRC Handelsblad.[4]


  1. ^ Guus Ritzen (4 June 2019). "René Moerland nieuwe hoofdredacteur van NRC". NRC. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  2. ^ Fijter, Nico de (December 13, 2006). "Vrouw als hoofdredacteur". Trouw. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  3. ^ "Jaarcijfers NRC". Marketing Report. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Cordula Rooijendijk (2005). That City is Mine!: Urban Ideal Images in Public Debates and City Plans, Amsterdam & Rotterdam 1945–1995. Amsterdam University Press. p. 23. ISBN 978-90-5629-382-6.
  5. ^ NRC Handelsblad 12 December 2006 page 21 Tegenwicht aan Trivialisering: Birgit Donker benoemd tot hoofdredacteur van NRC Handelsblad
    "Birgit Donker is de nieuwe hoofdredacteur van NRC Handelsblad, nrc.next en nrc.nl. De raad van bestuur van PCM heeft haar vandaag benoemd.
    Rotterdam, 12 December Birgit Donker (41) is de opvolger van Folkert Jensma als hoofdredacteur van NRC Handelsblad."
  6. ^ Wilco Dekker (26 April 2010). "Donker na conflict weg als hoofdredacteur NRC". de Volkskrant. Archived from the original on April 29, 2010.
  7. ^ "Peter Vandermeersch hoofdredacteur NRC". Trouw. 29 June 2010. Retrieved 2020-01-12.
  8. ^ Ritzen, Guus (June 4, 2019). "René Moerland nieuwe hoofdredacteur van NRC". NRC (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 2021-05-08. Retrieved 2021-05-16.
  9. ^ "Circulation figures". HOI, Institute for Media Auditing. Archived from the original on 16 December 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  10. ^ a b c "Algemeen Handelsblad Newspaper". Amsterdam Tourism. Archived from the original on 19 January 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  11. ^ "NRC Handelsblad". Euro Topics. Archived from the original on 19 January 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2015.