Neue Zürcher Zeitung

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Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Neue Zürcher Zeitung.svg
Type Daily newspaper
Format Swiss
Owner(s) NZZ Mediengruppe (NZZ Group)
Founder(s) Salomon Gessner
Publisher Veit V. Dengler (CEO)
Editor-in-chief Eric Gujer
Founded  • 12 January 1780, as Zürcher Zeitung
 • renamed Neue Zürcher Zeitung in 1821
Political alignment Classical liberalism
Language German
Headquarters Zurich, Switzerland
Circulation 108,709 (including e-paper, 2014)
ISSN 0376-6829
OCLC number 698049952
Website (in German)
Head office in Zürich, as seen from Sechseläutenplatz

The Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ, English: "New Journal of Zurich") is a Swiss, German-language daily newspaper, published by the NZZ Mediengruppe in Zurich.[1]

The most dramatic advance in the quality of German newspapers came in 1780, with the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. It set a new standard in objective, in-depth treatment of serious news stories, combined with high-level editorials, and in-depth coverage of music in the theater, as well as an advertising section. Its standards were emulated by other prestige newspapers that followed.[2]

Nearly two and a half centuries later it continues to have a reputation as a quality newspaper and as the Swiss newspaper of record, the newspaper is known for its detailed reports on international affairs, stock exchange, and the intellectual, in-depth style of its articles.[3]

History and profile[edit]

Zürcher Zeitung, no. 1 (1780).

One of the oldest newspapers still published, it originally appeared as Zürcher Zeitung,[4] edited by Salomon Gessner, on 12 January 1780,[5][6] and was renamed as Neue Zürcher Zeitung in 1821.

Aside from the switch from its Blackletter typeface in 1946, the newspaper has changed little since the 1930s. It has, for example, only since 2005 added color pictures, much later than most mainstream papers. The emphasis is on international news, business, finance, and high culture. Features and lifestyle stories are kept to a minimum.

Politically, the newspaper has been positioned close to the liberal Free Democratic Party of Switzerland since its early period.[6] It has a liberal[5] and centre-right orientation.[7]


The circulation of Neue Zürcher Zeitung was 18,100 copies in 1910.[6] It rose to 47,500 copies in 1930 and 66,600 copies in 1950.[6]

In 1997 Neue Zürcher Zeitung had a circulation of 162,330 copies.[8] Its circulation was 169,000 copies in 2000.[9] The circulation of the paper was 166,000 copies in 2003.[10] The 2006 circulation of the paper was 146,729 copies.[11] Its circulation was 139,732 copies in 2009.[12] In 2010 the paper had a circulation of 136,894 copies.[1]

Weekend edition[edit]

In 2002, the newspaper launched a weekend edition, NZZ am Sonntag (NZZ on Sunday).[5] The weekend edition has its own editorial staff and contains more soft news and lifestyle issues than its weekday counterpart, as do most Swiss weekend newspapers. Its circulation was 121,204 copies in 2006.[11]

NZZ am Sonntag was awarded the European Newspaper of the Year in the category of weekly newspaper by the European Newspapers Congress in 2012.[13]


In 2005, the complete run of the newspaper's first 225 years was scanned from microfilm. A total of two million images comprising seventy terabytes, and its Blackletter type was scanned – using optical character recognition – at a total cost of €600,000 (or €0.30 per image). The result is a searchable digital archive, only publicly accessible on site.

The digitization was carried out by an institute of the German research organization Fraunhofer Society – the Institute for Media Communication (since 2006, the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (de)), headquartered in Sankt Augustin, North Rhine-Westphalia.[14]


Neue Zürcher Zeitung was the recipient of the 1979 Erasmus Prize.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Cyril Jost (4 February 2011). "The challenges confronting the Swiss press". InaGlobal. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Peter K. Buse and Jürgen C. Doerr, eds., Modern Germany: And Encyclopedia of history, people, and culture, 1871-1990 (1998) 2:786-88
  3. ^ Elizabeth Wiskemann, A great swiss newspaper: the story of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Oxford University Press, 1959)
  4. ^ Hugo Bigi (2012). Journalism Education Between Market Dependence and Social Responsibility: An Examination of Trainee Journalists. Haupt Verlag AG. p. 25. ISBN 978-3-258-07753-6. Retrieved 13 April 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c "The press in Switzerland". BBC. 17 May 2004. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c d Ariane Knüsel (1 September 2012). Framing China: Media Images and Political Debates in Britain, the USA and Switzerland, 1900-1950. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 32. ISBN 978-1-4094-6178-4. Retrieved 13 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Neue Zuercher Zeitung". Press Europ. 
  8. ^ Sibylle Hardmeier (1999). "Political Poll Reporting in Swiss Print Media" (PDF). International Journal of Public Opinion Research 11 (3). Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "Top 100 dailies 2000". campaign. 16 November 2001. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "World Press Trends" (PDF). World Association of Newspapers. Paris. 2004. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "Swiss newspaper market in flux" (PDF). Swiss Review 5: 9. October 2007. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  12. ^ Hugo Bigi (2012). Journalism Education Between Market Dependence and Social Responsibility: An Examination of Trainee Journalists. Haupt Verlag AG. p. 26. ISBN 978-3-258-07753-6. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  13. ^ "European Newspaper Award 12+1". European Newspaper Congress. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  14. ^ Jacob, Klaus (February 2005). "70 Terabyte Zeitgeschichte" (PDF format). Fraunhofer Magazin. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  15. ^ "Erasmus Prize". The Age (via Google News). 21 September 1979. Retrieved 23 August 2012. "The 1979 Erasmus Prize for outstanding contribution to European culture was presented jointly yesterday to the Swiss daily newspaper 'Neue Zuercher Zeitung' and the West German weekly 'Die Ziet'."

Further reading[edit]

  • Luchsinger, Fred. Neue Zürcher Zeitung im Zeitalter des zweiten Weltkrieges, 1930-1955 (Zurich: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 1955)
  • Merrill, John C. and Harold A. Fisher. The world's great dailies: profiles of fifty newspapers (1980) pp 211–19
  • NZZ (Zurich: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 2013)
  • Wiskemann, Elizabeth. A great swiss newspaper: the story of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Oxford University Press, 1959)

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