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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 | 24/03/2014

Legalising cannabis worth a try

Eighty people were arrested in Denmark last week in a drugs raid that targeted the organised trading of cannabis. Such operations won't solve the problem, ... » more

2.  Politiken - Denmark | 17/03/2014

Crimea a warning to Turkey for closer EU ties

The Turkish President Abdullah Gül has been on a state visit to Denmark since Sunday. In view of the crisis in Ukraine it is high ... » more

3.  Politiken - Denmark | 16/03/2014

Dual citizenship is not polygamy

A proposal by the Danish government to introduce dual citizenship already appears to have gained the support of a large majority in parliament. The left-liberal ... » more

4.  Politiken - Denmark | 04/03/2014

Brussels must solve problems of free movement

In Denmark too, a debate has been raging over the past few weeks about the extent to which non-Danish EU citizens should be entitled to ... » more

5.  Politiken - Denmark | 24/01/2014

Danish state wrong to cede control over energy

The Danish government on Thursday defended its decision to sell 19 percent of the state-owned energy company Dong to US investment firm Goldman Sachs. The ... » more

6.  Politiken - Denmark | 15/01/2014

Denmark finally makes train travel attractive

In a cross-party agreement reached on Monday, the Danish parliament agreed on sweeping investments in the country's rail network. Part of the roughly 3.15 billion ... » more

7.  Politiken - Denmark | 30/12/2013

Europe in for a fateful election

The new European Parliament will be elected between May 22 and May 25. The election campaign this time round will be special for two reasons, ... » more

8.  Politiken - Denmark | 20/12/2013

Don't leave Central Africa in the lurch

The African Union (AU) plans to boost its military presence in the Central African Republic to 6,000 soldiers, the French government announced on the weekend. ... » more

9.  Politiken - Denmark | 04/12/2013

Guardian right to publish Snowden material

The Guardian's editor Alan Rusbridger testified in the British parliament on Tuesday about the publishing of Edward Snowden's documents. The left-liberal daily Politiken defends the ... » more

10.  Politiken - Denmark | 03/12/2013

Protests in Kiev should inspire EU

The pro-European protests in Ukraine should also give the EU hope that the weariness caused by the euro crisis will be overcome, writes the left-liberal ... » more


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