Rakkestad Bygdeblad

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Rakkestad Bygdeblad was a Norwegian newspaper, published in Rakkestad in Østfold county.

History and profile[edit]

Rakkestad Bygdeblad was started on 4 September 2002 as a competitor to Rakkestad Avis, which until then had a monopoly as a local newspaper. Journalist Carsten Lier was hired as editor, and two years after launch the newspaper had a circulation of 1,441 copies.[1] It was originally published on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, the same as Rakkestad Avis, but soon changed to Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.[2] In 2004 the newspaper won the Local Newspaper of the Year award from the National Association of Local Newspapers.[1]

In late 2004 the newspaper launched the free magazine Østfoldmagasinet, which had a circulation of 98,000 copies.[3] From 2006 Rakkestad Bygdeblad was distributed on a fourth day in the week, freely, to counter economic problems.[4] Nonetheless, it went defunct in 2008.[5]


  1. ^ a b Arvid Bryne (24 March 2004). "Lager beste lokalavis". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). p. 18. 
  2. ^ John Byman (30 January 2004). "Østfold – en avisjunge". Journalisten (in Norwegian). 
  3. ^ "Nytt gratisblad i Østfold". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). 20 November 2004. p. 56. 
  4. ^ "Dragkamp i Østfold-kryss". Dagens Næringsliv (in Norwegian). 15 February 2006. p. 52. 
  5. ^ Olav Zakariassen (2010). "Rakkestad Avis". In Idar Flo. Norske aviser fra A til Å. Volume four of Norsk presses historie 1660–2010 (in Norwegian). Oslo: Universitetsforlaget. p. 268. ISBN 978-82-15-01604-7. 
Preceded by
Vennesla Tidende
Local Newspaper of the Year in Norway
Succeeded by
Os og Fusaposten