Sørlandet (newspaper)

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Sørlandet (lit. "Southern Norway") was a Norwegian newspaper, published in Kristiansand in Vest-Agder county.

Sørlandets Social-Democrat was started on 5 January 1907, after a trisal issue on 21 December 1906, as a Labour Party newspaper. It was weekly from the start, but daily from 1909. The name was changed to Sørlandet from 30 April 1923.[1] The change followed a letter in 1922 from the Comintern Executive which stated that no newspaper should have "Social Democrat" or "Democrat" in its title.[2] The breakthrough came in 1927, when, after years of turbulence in the labour movement, the Labour Party absorbed the Social Democratic Labour Party. Four years later a former Communist became the newspaper's editor. Notable editors were Ole Øisang (1920–1925), Olav Scheflo (1931–1939) and Odd Lien (1956-1977). Jakob Friis also contributed.[1] Olav Brunvand (not to be confused with the newspaper's first editor) was a journalist from 1934 to 1939.[3]

During the occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany, Sørlandet was stopped between 28 January 1941 and 8 May 1945. It was then revived, and retained its Labour connection until 1986. It then struggled financially, with a circulation of 5,721 compared to 8,129 in 1965.[1] The last editor under Labour flag was Arne Tumyr from 1984 to 1986.[4] Trygve Hegnar owned the newspaper for two years until 1988 without managing to breathe life into it. It went defunct after its last issue on 7 February 1990.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Jansen, Trine (2010). "Sørlandet". In Flo, Idar. Norske aviser fra A til Å. Volume four of Norsk presses historie 1660–2010 (in Norwegian). Oslo: Universitetsforlaget. p. 331. ISBN 978-82-15-01604-7. 
  2. ^ Maurseth, Per (1987). Gjennom kriser til makt 1920-1935. Volume three of Arbeiderbevegelsens historie i Norge (in Norwegian). Oslo: Tiden. p. 269. ISBN 82-10-02753-0. 
  3. ^ Henriksen, Petter, ed. (2007). "Olav Arnold Brunvand". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Arne Tumyr 60 år 6. mars" (in Norwegian). Norwegian News Agency. 20 February 1993.