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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 | 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

2.  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

3.  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

4.  Politiken - Denmark | 19/06/2015

Eurosceptics put Denmark's reputation at risk

The right-wing Eurosceptic Danish People's Party (DF) made surprisingly strong gains in the Danish general elections on Thursday. With 18 additional seats it is the ... » more

5.  Politiken - Denmark | 15/06/2015

Don't accept Saudi Arabia's blogger sentence

Saudi Arabia's Supreme Court upheld the controversial verdict against blogger Raif Badawi at the start of June, meaning that the sentence to ten years in ... » more

6.  Politiken - Denmark | 31/05/2015

Xenophobia trending in Denmark

According to Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Denmark can't afford to spend more on development aid in the coming years as it had planned to ... » more

7.  Politiken - Denmark | 15/05/2015

Gas from fracking still better than coal

In the northern Danish district of Vendsyssel, the French company Total has been carrying out test drilling for extracting shale gas through fracking. The plan ... » more

8.  Politiken - Denmark | 06/05/2015

Media must say no to Muhammad cartoons

An attack on an exhibition of Muhammad cartoons in Texas last Sunday has triggered a new debate about the limits of freedom of expression. We ... » more

9.  Politiken - Denmark | 10/02/2015

EU must monitor states more stringently

The EU must finally crack down on the monster that is tax evasion, demands the left-liberal daily Politiken: "The hope is now justified that following ... » more

10.  Politiken - Denmark | 04/02/2015

Danish euro opponents helping speculators

The Danish National Bank spent 106.6 billion kroner in January on purchases aimed at keeping down the exchange rate of the krone, which is pegged ... » more


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