Kristeligt Dagblad is a Danish newspaper published in Copenhagen, Denmark.

History and profile

Kristeligt Dagblad was established in 1896.[1][2] It was an initiative of the Lutheran Inner Mission created to oppose radicalism and atheism.[3] The paper is owned by Kristeligt Dagblad A/S and is based in Copenhagen.[1][2][4] It is published six times per week from Monday to Saturday.[2][5]

Initially Kristeligt Dagblad was an Evangelical newspaper.[6] The paper was apolitical, publishing articles on religious and moral topics as well as on cultural topics.[6] In 1909 it published anti-evolutionary articles, strongly opposing to the views of Charles Darwin.[6] From 1914 the paper took a wider approach and in 1935 broke away from the Inner Mission, presenting general news but without any political association. It gained popularity under the leadership of Gunnar Helweg-Larsen, but lost ground in the 1950s. From 1950 it adopted a new approach, adopting a more lively style with more emphasis on foreign news. The paper does not have any sports section and covers sports-related news occasionally.[7]

The editor of Kristeligt Dagblad is Erik Bjerager.[8]


In 1908 Kristeligt Dagblad sold 8,000 copies.[6] During the last six months of 1957 the paper had a circulation of 16,582 copies on weekdays.[9]

During the second half of 1997 the circulation of Kristeligt Dagblad was 16,000 copies on weekdays.[10] The paper had a circulation of 25,000 copies in 2004[1] and 25,400 copies in 2005.[5] The circulation of the paper was 25,143 copies in 2008 and 25,718 copies in 2009.[11] It grew to 26,267 copies in 2010 and to 26,301 in 2011.[11] The paper had a circulation of 26,000 copies a day in 2013.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "The Press in Denmark". BBC. 20 December 2005. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Kristeligt Dagblad". Euro Topics. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Kristeligt Dagblad". Den Store Danske (in Danish). Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Thomsen, Niels (January 1968). "The Danish political press". Scandinavian Political Studies. Wiley. 3 (A3): 144–164. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9477.1968.tb00461.x.  Full text.
  5. ^ a b "Factsheet Denmark" (PDF). Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. January 2007. Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d Hans Henrik Hjermitslev (October 2010). "Danes commemorating Darwin: apes and evolution at the 1909 anniversary". Annals of Science. 67 (4). doi:10.1080/00033790.2010.495316. 
  7. ^ Thomas Horky; Jörg-Uwe Nieland (8 October 2013). International Sports Press Survey 2011. BoD – Books on Demand. p. 63. ISBN 978-3-7322-7886-2. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Erik Bjerager skriver". Kristeligt Dagblad (in Danish). Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  9. ^ Britt-Mari Persson Blegvad (1964). "Newspapers and Rock and Roll Riots in Copenhagen". Acta Sociologica. 7 (3). JSTOR 4193580. 
  10. ^ Jose L. Alvarez; Carmelo Mazza; Jordi Mur (October 1999). "The management publishing industry in Europe" (PDF). University of Navarra. Archived from the original (Occasional Paper No:99/4) on 30 June 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "National newspapers total circulation". International Federation of Audit Bureaux of Circulations. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 

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