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Type Weekly newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) The Berlingske Officin
Publisher Weekendavisen A/S
Editor Anne Knudsen
Founded 1971
Political alignment Conservative / classic liberalism
Language Danish
Headquarters Copenhagen, Denmark
Website www.weekendavisen.dk

Weekendavisen (meaning The Weekend Newspaper in English) is a Danish weekly broadsheet newspaper published on Fridays in Denmark. Its circulation (as of 2007) is approximately 60,000 copies, about ten per cent of which cover subscriptions outside Denmark. According to opinion polls, however, the actual number of readers is much higher (290,000 in 2007). Perceived to be a continuation of the original Berlingske Tidende, Weekendavisen regards itself as the world's oldest newspaper.[citation needed]


Until 1971 the Danish postal service distributed mail twice daily, in the morning and in the afternoon. When afternoon mail delivery was discontinued, Berlingske Aftenavis (Berlingske Evening Newspaper), which was the evening edition of the daily newspaper Berlingske Tidende, had to cease publication, and Weekendavisen came into existence as a replacement,[1] known for the first several years as Weekendavisen Berlingske Aften. The owner and publisher of the paper is the Berlingske Officin.[2][3]

Weekendavisen's logo contains the original coat of arms of Berlingske Tidende, including the words "ANNO 1749", and its volume count begins in that year rather than in 1971 because its publishers and editors regard it as a continuation of the original Berlingske Tidende.


Weekendavisen is a highbrow newspaper containing in-depth analysis of society and politics as well as extensive coverage of literature and fine arts. The weekly covers matters of national and international rather than local interest.

Weekendavisen is split into five sections each week: Society, Culture, Books, Ideas, Actual news. In addition, the weekly also covers science-related news and articles, although there is no a distinct science column.[4]


  1. ^ Jette Drachmann Søllinge (1999). "Danish Newspapers. Structure and Developments" (PDF). Nordicom Review. 1 (1). Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Carmelo Mazza; Jesper Strandgaard Pedersen (2004). "From Press to E-Media? The Transformation of an Organizational Field". Organization Studies. 25 (6). doi:10.1177/0170840604042407. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Jose L. Alvarez; Carmelo Mazza; Jordi Mur (October 1999). "The management publishing industry in Europe" (Occasional Paper No:99/4). University of Navarra. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Science News ? Overview of Science Reporting in the EU" (PDF). EU. 2007. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 

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