Aftonbladet (Swedish: [²afːtɔnˌblɑːdɛt], lit. "The evening paper") is a Swedish evening newspaper published in Stockholm, Sweden. It is one of the largest daily newspapers in the Nordic countries.

Aftonbladet frontpage
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)LO (9%)
Schibsted (91%)
Founder(s)Lars Johan Hierta
PublisherLena K Samuelsson
Editor-in-chiefLena K Samuelsson
Founded6 December 1830
Political alignmentIndependent social-democrat
HeadquartersVästra Järnvägsgatan 21,
Circulation154,900 (2014)
Aftonbladet no1 1830-12-06
The first page of the first issue of Aftonbladet
Upprop för republik 1848
In a hand-written bill from the Stockholm riots during the Revolutions of 1848, support for the then-banned Aftonbladet is coupled with a call for overturning the monarchy and instituting a republic
Aftonbladet på Almedalsveckan 2014 Visby
Newspaper Aftonbladet's Booth during Almedalen week 2014, Visby, Gotland, Sweden.
Aftonbladet headquarters Stockholm
The tabloid Aftonbladet's headquarters in Stockholm.

History and profile

The newspaper was founded by Lars Johan Hierta in December 1830 under the name of Aftonbladet i Stockholm[1][2][3] during the modernization of Sweden. In 1852 the paper began to use its current name, Aftonbladet, after 25 name changes.[1] It describes itself as an "independent social-democratic newspaper".

The owners of Aftonbladet are the Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO) which bought it in the 1950s[4] and Norwegian media group Schibsted which acquired its share in the paper in the late 1990s.[5] LO sold a large of its shares in the paper to the Schibsted group.[6] As per 15 June 2009 Schibsted bought another 41% and became the majority owner with 91%.[7] However, LO has the right to appoint the political editor of the paper.[6]

Aftonbladet, based in Stockholm,[3] is published in tabloid format.[8] The paper reported news and also criticised the new Swedish king Charles XIV John. The king stopped Aftonbladet from being printed and banned it. This was answered by starting the new newspaper "Det andra Aftonbladet" (The second Aftonbladet), which was subsequently banned, followed by new versions named in similar fashion until the newspaper had been renamed 26 times, after which it was allowed by the king.[9]

During its existence, Aftonbladet has leant in different political directions. Initially liberal, it drifted towards conservatism under Harald Sohlman, editor in chief from 1890 to 1921.

In 1929 the newspaper came under the control of the Kreuger family, when a majority of the shares was bought by Swedish Match, at that time the heart of Ivar Kreuger's corporate empire. Aftonbladet was labeled "neutral". In 1932 it backed Per Albin Hansson's new Social Democratic government. Just a few years later it realigned with the Liberal Party and turned to advocate liberal politics. Heavily influenced by pro-German staff members, the newspaper supported Germany during World War II.[10]

The Kreuger era came to an end on 8 October 1956. Despite interest from both the Liberal Party and the Centre Party, Torsten Kreuger sold Aftonbladet as well as Stockholms-Tidningen to the Swedish Trade Union Confederation.[11] The ownership change was first followed by a slight drop in circulation. In the 1960s, however, the newspaper saw its circulation surge rapidly, peaking at 507,000.

By the early 1990s Aftonbladet had run into economic problems, and many had begun to question the competence of the trade union movement as a media owner. On 2 May 1996, the Norwegian media group Schibsted acquired a 49.9 percent stake in the newspaper. The Swedish Trade Union Confederation kept the remaining 50.1 percent of its shares. The same year its circulation passed that of long-time tabloid rival Expressen. In 2005 Aftonbladet started a Web portal for business news as a joint venture with Svenska Dagbladet.[12]

In 1998 the circulation of Aftonbladet was 397,000 copies on weekdays and 502,000 copies on Sundays.[13] The circulation of the paper was 402,000 copies in 2001.[8] As of 2004 the paper was the most selling daily both in Sweden and in other Nordic countries, having a circulation of 422,000 copies.[2] It was 429,000 copies on weekdays in 2005.[14] In 2006 the paper had 1,425,000 daily readers (Orvesto research 2005:2), circa 15% of the Swedish population. The paper had a circulation of 310,900 copies in 2010.[15] It had a circulation of 154,900 copies in 2014.[16]

Internet publishing

Aftonbladet adopted Internet publishing early on. It has been published on the world wide web since 25 August 1994, and the main news service is free. Since its inception, has consistently been rated as one of the five most visited Swedish websites in various surveys.


The journalistic quality of Aftonbladet has sometimes been questioned. In late 2006, the newspaper's own journalist Peter Kadhammar criticized the paper's treatment of the love life of Swedish tabloid celebrity Linda Rosing as equally important to the war in Iraq.[17]

Controversy surrounding coverage of Israel

Some commentators have argued that Aftonbladet, criticising Israel, too often contain content that alludes to antisemitism.[18][19][20][21] Per Ahlmark, former Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden and founder of the Swedish Committee Against Antisemitism, writes in his 2004 book Det är demokratin, dumbom! ("It's the Democracy, Stupid!"): "Aftonbladet is of course worst among the big newspapers when it comes to both playing on antisemitic strings and then denying that they have done so".[19]

Much of these criticism was rehashed in 2009 when Aftonbladet ran an article[22] alleging that in 1992 the Israeli Defense Force took organs from Palestinians who died in Israeli custody. Jonathan Leman and Charlotte Wiberg from the Swedish Committee Against Antisemitism acknowledges that while Aftonbladet stay just clear of being antisemitic, the op-ed fell into a long-established and problematic pattern of publishing content that borders on outright antisemitism in a way that few other newspapers in Sweden do.[23]

Criticism of culture editorial and Russian propaganda

The culture editorial of Aftonbladet has been accused of spreading a Russian narrative on many international issues. Following several controversial articles,[24] journalists from other papers and independent researchers has accused the editorial of expressing a general Moscow viewpoint on many issues, including the Crisis in Ukraine and the issue of Swedish NATO membership.[25][26] In the beginning of 2017 a report was published by the Swedish Institute for International Affairs, which named the culture editorial of Aftonbladet as the main platform for Russian propaganda in Sweden.[27] The head of the culture section, Åsa Linderborg, has vehemently denied the accusations.[28]

See also


  1. ^ a b Karl Erik Gustafsson; Per Rydén (2010). A History of the Press in Sweden (PDF). Gothenburg: Nordicom. ISBN 978-91-86523-08-4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-02-13. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b "The press in Sweden". BBC News. 2004. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  3. ^ a b Byron J. Nordstrom (2010). Culture and Customs of Sweden. ABC-CLIO. p. 84. ISBN 978-0-313-34371-1. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  4. ^ Lennart Weibull (2013). "What has Happened with the Political Press? Perspectives on the Erosion in Swedish Newspaper Readership" (PDF). In Henrik Oscarsson; Stefan Dahlberg; Lena Wängnerud. Stepping Stones. Göteburg: University of Gothenburg. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  5. ^ Eva Harrie (2009). "The Nordic Media Market" (PDF). Nordicom, University of Gothenburg. Göteborg. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  6. ^ a b Sigurd Allern; Mark Blach-Ørsten (2011). "The News Media as a Political Institution". Journalism Studies. 12 (1): 92–105. doi:10.1080/1461670X.2010.511958.
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  8. ^ a b Adam Smith (15 November 2002). "Europe's Top Papers". campaign. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  9. ^ Aftonbladet blev starten för den fria pressen i Sverige Archived 24 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine Aftonbladet, Retrieved 11 July 2007'.
  10. ^ Hierta, the founder of Aftonbladet, created the free press in Sweden Archived 30 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine Aftonbladet, Retrieved 24 August 2009
  11. ^ Newspapers in International Librarianship: Papers Presented by the Newspaper Section at IFLA General Conferences. Walter de Gruyter. 1 January 2003. p. 18. ISBN 978-3-11-096279-6. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  12. ^ Maria Grafström (2006). "The Development of Swedish Business Journalism" (PhD Thesis). Uppsala University. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  13. ^ Stig Hadenius; Lennart Weibull (1999). "The Swedish Newspaper System in the Late 1990s. Tradition and Transition" (PDF). Nordicom Review. 1 (1). Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  14. ^ "Swedish mass media" (PDF). Swedish Institute. 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 February 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  15. ^ "Aftonbladet". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 25 March 2011.
  16. ^ "PwC's Media Certificate". PwC. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  17. ^ "Rosing, Rosing, Rosing... hjälp!". Aftonbladet.
  18. ^ Wolodarski, Peter (2 April 2002). "Den farligaste av lögner" [The most dangerous av lies]. Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 24 August 2009.
  19. ^ a b Ahlmark, Per (2004). Det är demokratin, dumbom! [It's the Democracy, Stupid!]. Timbro (in Swedish). Stockholm. p. 80. ISBN 978-91-7566-548-1. Aftonbladet är naturligtvis värst av de stora tidningarna när det gäller att både spela på antisemitiska strängar och sen förneka att man gjort så.
  20. ^ Bachner, Henrik (1999). Återkomsten : antisemitism i Sverige efter 1945 [The Revival: Antisemitism in Sweden since 1945]. Natur & Kultur (in Swedish). Stockholm. ISBN 978-91-27-07641-9.
  21. ^ Judisk Krönika. 2006.CS1 maint: Untitled periodical (link)
  22. ^ "Our sons are plundered of their organs". Aftonbladet.
  23. ^ Charlotte Wiberg; Jonathan Leman (23 August 2009). "Aftonbladet har sedan länge ett problematiskt förhållande till judar" [Aftonbladet has for long had a problematic relationship to Jews]. Newsmill (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 27 August 2009. Retrieved 24 August 2009. Är Aftonbladet en antisemitisk tidning? Nej, men det verkar som att man sedan 1980-talet ibland gör sig både blind och döv inför antisemitismens uttryck, vilket medför att man då och då slirar på ett sätt som få andra tidningar. Publiceringen av Boströms artikel tycks tyvärr inte ha varit ett olycksfall i arbetet, utan går att som ett led i ett större mönster.
  24. ^ ""Vi skjuter politiska motståndare"" (in Swedish). Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  25. ^ "Fredrik Wahlström: Aftonbladets Ukraina-journalistik väcker frågor" (in Swedish). Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  26. ^ "Hemliga namnen i studien om Kremlfjäsk" (in Swedish). Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  27. ^ "Aftonbladet Kultur kritiseras för att sprida Putins världsbild" (in Swedish). Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  28. ^ "Försvara det fria ordet" (in Swedish). Retrieved 26 June 2017.

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1830 in Sweden

Events from the year 1830 in Sweden

2009 Aftonbladet Israel controversy

The Aftonbladet–Israel controversy refers to the controversy that followed the publication of a 17 August 2009 article in the Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet, one of the largest daily newspapers in the Nordic countries. The article alleged that Israeli troops harvested organs from Palestinians who had died in their custody. Sparking a fierce debate in Sweden and abroad, the article created a rift between the Swedish and the Israeli governments. Israeli officials denounced the report at the time and labelled it anti-Semitic. Written by Swedish freelance photojournalist Donald Boström, the article's title was Våra söner plundras på sina organ ("Our sons are being plundered for their organs"). It presented allegations that in the late 1980s and the early 1990s, many young men from the West Bank and Gaza Strip had been seized by Israeli forces and their bodies returned to their families with organs missing.

The Israeli government and several US representatives condemned the article as baseless and incendiary, noted the history of antisemitism and blood libels against Jews and asked the Swedish government to denounce the article. The government refused, citing freedom of the press and the Swedish constitution. Swedish ambassador to Israel Elisabet Borsiin Bonnier condemned the article as "shocking and appalling" and stated that freedom of the press carries responsibility, but the Swedish government distanced itself from her remarks. The Swedish Newspaper Publishers' Association and Reporters Without Borders supported Sweden's refusal to condemn it. The former warned of venturing onto a slope with government officials damning occurrences in Swedish media, which may curb warranted debate and restrain freedom of expression by self-censorship. Italy made a stillborn attempt to defuse the diplomatic situation by a European resolution condemning antisemitism. The Palestinian Authority announced that it would establish a commission to investigate the article's claims. A survey among the cultural editors of the other major Swedish newspapers found that all would have refused the article, which had been based on outmoded hearsay and rumours.In December 2009, a 2000 interview with the chief pathologist at the L. Greenberg National Institute of Forensic Medicine Yehuda Hiss was released in which he had admitted taking organs from the corpses of Israeli soldiers, Israeli citizens, Palestinians and foreign workers without their families' permission. Israeli health officials confirmed Hiss's confession but stated that such incidents had ended in the 1990s and noted that Hiss had been removed from his post.The Palestinian press claimed the report "appeared to confirm Palestinians' allegations that Israel returned their relatives' bodies with their chests sewn up, having harvested their organs".Several news agencies reported that the Aftonbladet article had claimed that Israel killed Palestinians to harvest their organs, although the author, the culture editor for Aftonbladet, and Nancy Scheper-Hughes denied that it had made that claim.

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