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Type of site
Online newspaper
Available in Norwegian
Headquarters Oslo, Norway
Owners Egmont and Amedia
Editor Gunnar Stavrum
Revenue Increase 131,7 million NOK (2014)[1]
Alexa rank 21 (Norway, October 2015)[2]
Launched 1996; 21 years ago (1996)

Nettavisen is a Norwegian online newspaper, launched in 1996 as the first in the country that was not created as part of a pre-existing newspaper.[3] The current editor is Gunnar Stavrum.[3] As of 2015 it is one of Norway's most popular news websites.[4]


The online newspaper (its literal name in Norwegian) was launched on 1 November 1996,[5][6] and was founded by Odd Harald Hauge, Stig Eide Sivertsen and Knut Ivar Skeid.[3] In 1999 the newspaper was bought by Spray Sweden, which became part of Lycos Europe in 2000.[3] In 2000 the founders of Nettavisen helped launch the (now-defunct) German sister site Netzeitung.[5]

In 2002 Nettavisen was bought by Norway's largest commercial television channel TV 2.[3] Due to millions of NOK in deficits and resulting major staff cuts, on 23 October 2008 the board of TV 2 decided to initiate negotiations with its owners, Egmont and Amedia, to sell the newspaper.[7][8] From 2009 Nettavisen has been owned directly by Egmont and Amedia.[3]

The newspaper has been part of the media company Mediehuset Nettavisen since 2008.[3] In 2014 the media company posted record earnings with 39,7 per cent in annual income growth.[9] By the 2010s Nettavisen turned deficits into major surpluses, making it in the unusual position in 2015 of being able to hire new staff with its new offices in traditional newspaper street Akersgata, when other newspapers continue to be under strong pressure despite millions in press support (of which Nettavisen receives none).[1][10][11]

Nettavisen was as of 2015 the second most visited news website in Norway on mobile platforms, and one of the largest overall on digital platforms.[4] It has a weekly readership of 2,6 million in the Norwegian market.


  1. ^ a b "Rekordår i Nettavisen". Norwegian Union of Journalists. 23 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Top Sites in Norway". Alexa. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Nettavisen". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). 31 May 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "TNS Gallup". Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Online Journalism Atlas: Norway". Online Journalism. 25 January 2008. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  6. ^ Trine Syvertsen; Gunn Enli; Ole J. Mjøs; Hallvard Moe. "The Press". The Media Welfare State: Nordic Media in the Digital Era. New Media World. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "TV 2 selger Nettavisen". Norwegian Union of Journalists. 23 October 2008. 
  8. ^ "Dundrende underskudd i Nettavisen". Norwegian Union of Journalists. 31 July 2009. 
  9. ^ Erlend Fossbakken. "Nytt rekordresultat fra Nettavisen | Kampanje". Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  10. ^ "Se hvem som er blitt nye ledere i Nettavisen". Norwegian Union of Journalists. 8 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "Historiens beste år i Nettavisen". Gunnar Stavrum blogg: Nett på sak (in Norwegian). 19 December 2014. 

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