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The newspaper was founded by three liberal Danish authors. Politiken was conceived as an idealistic project that would counter the influence of the conservative press and stoke social and political debate. Henrik Cavling revolutionised the paper in 1905. It began to appear in a smaller format, featured the first press photos in 1908 and was also the first newspaper to introduce chronicles in which writers and scientists were free to express their opinions. Politiken became one of Denmark's leading newspapers. Since January 2003 it has belonged to the media group JP/Politikens Hus along with the liberal-conservative daily Jyllands-Posten. Its circulation is steadily dropping and has gone down by almost 15 percent in the past three years, to 104,000 copies per day.

Medium: daily
Political orientation: Social democratic/left liberal
Circulation: 104,000 (2009)
Frequency of publication: Monday to Sunday

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Publisher: JP/Politikens Hus
Area of distribution: Nationwide
Established: 1884

Rådhuspladsen 37
DK-1785 Kbh. V.
Phone: 0045-33 11 85 11

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1.  Politiken - Denmark | 08/10/2015

Denmark will burn its fingers in Syria

Denmark's Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen wants to step up the fight against the IS terror organisation, calling on Wednesday for an extension of the ... » more

2.  Politiken - Denmark | 22/09/2015

Exodus to Europe: quota system hardly stands a chance

One goal of today's summit of EU interior and justice ministers in Brussels is to settle the question of how 120,000 refugees are to be ... » more

3.  Politiken - Denmark | 11/09/2015

Exodus to Europe: Denmark's refugee dilemma

Denmark stopped all train traffic from and to Germany on Wednesday after hundreds of refugees entered the country hoping to make it as far as ... » more

4.  Politiken - Denmark | 28/08/2015

New course paves the way for Danish Islam

The faculty of theology at the University of Copenhagen plans to offer Islamic theology as a new course of study. The centre-left daily Politiken welcomes ... » more

5.  Politiken - Denmark | 25/08/2015

Denmark needs fast trains and psychologists

The plans of Denmark's liberal government to shift government institutions from Copenhagen to other parts of the country in a bid to stop rural exodus ... » more

6.  Politiken - Denmark | 19/08/2015

Legalise prostitution and drugs

Human Rights Watch called on Monday for the possession of drugs to be legalised. Prior to this move Amnesty International had demanded that prostitution be ... » more

7.  Politiken - Denmark | 03/08/2015

Netanyahu to blame for violent mood

A small Palestinian child was killed and his family severely injured in a suspected attack by extremist Jewish settlers in the West Bank on Friday. ... » more

8.  Politiken - Denmark | 26/07/2015

Danish government bowing to xenophobics

Denmark's liberal minority government, which is supported by the right-wing Danish People's Party, wants to publish articles in foreign newspapers informing about planned cuts in ... » more

9.  Politiken - Denmark | 15/07/2015

New hope for Syria

The nuclear deal with Iran gives the centre-left daily Politiken fresh hope even for war-torn Syria: "This is an achievement that doesn't just give us ... » more

10.  Politiken - Denmark | 23/06/2015

Danish rural areas rightly feel neglected

The right-wing Eurosceptic Danish People's Party saw a major increase in votes above all in rural areas in the Danish parliamentary elections on June 18. ... » more


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