de Volkskrant

de Volkskrant (Dutch pronunciation: [də ˈvɔlkskrɑnt]; The People's Paper) is a Dutch daily morning newspaper. Founded in 1919, it has a nationwide circulation of about 250,000.

Formerly a leading centre-left Catholic broadsheet, de Volkskrant today is a medium-sized left-centrist compact. Philippe Remarque is the current editor-in-chief.

de Volkskrant
De Volkskrant front page 2010-03-29
Front page of de Volkskrant on 29 March 2010
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)De Persgroep
Editor-in-chiefPhilippe Remarque
Founded2 October 1919
Political alignmentCentre-left[1][2]
Ceased publication4 October 1941
Relaunched8 May 1945
HeadquartersJacob Bontiusplaats 9
OCLC number781575477

History and profile

Amsterdam Wibautstraat De Volkskrant 001
Former headquarters in Amsterdam-Oost
Oostenburgereiland oostenburgervaart
Current headquarters in Amsterdam-Centrum

De Volkskrant was founded in 1919[3] and has been a daily morning newspaper since 1921. Originally de Volkskrant was a Roman Catholic newspaper[3] closely linked to the Catholic People's Party and the Catholic pillar. The paper temporarily ceased publication in 1941.[3]

On its re-founding in 1945, its office moved from Den Bosch to Amsterdam.[4] It became a left-wing newspaper in the 1960s, but began softening its stance in 1980.[4][5] On 23 August 2006 the Volkskrant published its 25,000th edition.

In 2013 de Volkskrant was awarded the European Newspaper of the Year in the category of nationwide newspapers.[6]


De Volkskrant was part of PCM Uitgevers N.V., a publishing company which also owned NRC Handelsblad, Algemeen Dagblad, and Trouw. Until 1 January 2003 the newspaper Het Parool was part of PCM Uitgevers too.

In 2009 PCM Uitgevers was taken over by De Persgroep, a Belgian publishing company.

Free newspaper

In October 2006, Volkskrant announced it intended to start publishing a free version of its paper, targeting young people.[7] Its competitors were to have been Metro and Sp!ts, two other free dailies. However PCM gave no permission for this plan so it had to be retracted. Instead PCM intended to produce a free newspaper together with investor Marcel Boekhoorn,[8] although PCM later withdrew from the project and Boekhoorn started the free daily De Pers using his own resources. A year later PCM started its own free paper DAG, that had a short life and went digital after another year.


In 2001 the circulation of De Volkskrant was 335,000 copies.[9] The daily circulation of the paper was 326,000 copies in 2002, dwindling to some 235,000 in 2011, which nevertheless makes it the Netherlands' third-biggest newspaper, after De Telegraaf and Algemeen Dagblad. The total Dutch newspaper circulation in 2002 was 4.9 million (4.2m paid and 0.7m free). The paper has since then heavily lost circulation. The circulation drop occurred under the editorship of Pieter Broertjes, who gave up his 20-year tenure in 2010.[10]


The typeface Capitolium News by Gerard Unger (2006) has been the main type used in de Volkskrant since 2 December 2006.


  1. ^ Domevscek, Eveline (September 2006). "Politieke Kleur Bekennen".
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b c Cordula Rooijendijk (2005). That City is Mine!: Urban Ideal Images in Public Debates and City Plans, Amsterdam & Rotterdam 1945-1995. Amsterdam University Press. p. 23. ISBN 978-90-5629-382-6. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  4. ^ a b ‹See Tfd›(in Dutch) Martin Sommer, "Zelfbewust op zoek", de Volkskrant, 23 August 2006.
  5. ^ Original citation: "Hoogtepunt en tevens laatste oprisping van het linkse levensgevoel was de beruchte Koninginnedagkrant van 1 mei 1980. [..] De rellen kwamen er en de Volkskrant solidariseerde zich met het oproer. [..] Zo bleef de Volkskrant de progressiviteit trouw, zij het langzamerhand steeds meer in homeopathische verdunning."
  6. ^ "15th European Newspaper Award". Adnative. 15 November 2013. Archived from the original on 4 June 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant to launch free version for younger readers". International Herald Tribune. 29 March 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
  8. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Dutch) "PCM en Boekhoorn samen in gratis krant", Trouw, 2006.
  9. ^ Adam Smith (15 November 2002). "Europe's Top Papers". campaign. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  10. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Dutch) "Pieter Broertjes stopt als hoofdredacteur van de Volkskrant Archived 26 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine", NOS, 2010.

External links

2006 Dutch general election

General elections were held in the Netherlands on 22 November 2006 following the fall of the Second Balkenende cabinet. The elections proved relatively successful for the governing Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) which remained the largest party with 41 seats, a loss of only three seats. The largest increase in seats was for the Socialist Party (SP), which went from nine to 25 seats. The main opposition party, the social-democratic Labour Party (PvdA) lost nine of its 42 seats, while the right-liberal People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) and the progressive liberal Democrats 66 lost a considerable portion of their seats, six of 28 and three of six, respectively. New parties, such as the right-wing Party for Freedom (PVV) of former VVD MP Geert Wilders and the animal rights party Party for the Animals (PvdD) were also successful, with the PVV winning nine seats and the PvdD winning two, thereby becoming the first animal rights group to enter a European parliament.For the breakdown of seats in House of Representatives since the 2006 General Elections, please refer to the List of members of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands (2006-2010).

The formation talks led to the installation of the Christian-social fourth Balkenende cabinet, composed of CDA, PvdA and ChristianUnion on 22 February 2007.

Anne Vondeling prize

The Anne Vondeling prize (Anne Vondelingprijs), named after the politician Anne Vondeling a member of the Dutch Labour Party, is an annual award in The Netherlands given to journalists who write in a clear manner concerning political subjects.

Badke Quartet

The Badke Quartet is a British string quartet. Founded in 2002 at London's Royal Academy of Music, it regularly performs at leading venues throughout the UK, Ireland and the rest of Europe.In 2014, the quartet was appointed quartet in residence at Royal Holloway University of London. From 2005 to 2009 the Quartet held the Senior Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music.The members of the quartet are Charlotte Scott and Emma Parker, violins, Jon Thorne, viola, and Jonathan Byers, cello. The quartet has worked with some of the world's greatest string quartets and studied with Gabor Takács-Nagy at IMS Prussia Cove and members of the Alban Berg Quartet in Cologne.Edward Bhesania of The Strad magazine wrote that "A melt-in-the-ears quality ... made the atonality of the Britten less of a challenge and the Haydn that much sweeter". A review in de Volkskrant wrote that the group's playing was "of the utmost delicacy. The response from the hall: applause, stamping feet and enthusiastic whistling".The Badke Quartet regularly performs at concert halls and festivals in the UK and abroad, including the Aldeburgh, Aix-en-Provence and Verbier Festivals, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, London's Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, and the Musikverein in Vienna. The quartet has collaborated with musicians Mark Padmore, Sir Thomas Allen, John Mark Ainsley, and others.

The quartet broadcasts frequently live on BBC Radio 3 as well as on Classic FM, Lyric FM (Ireland), ABC Classic FM (Australia) and for the European Broadcasting Union. In 2007, it won 1st prize and audience prize at the 5th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.

DPG Media

DPG Media is a Belgian publishing company that owns media assets in Belgium, Denmark, and the Netherlands. The firm is owned by the Van Thillo family.

De Bezige Bij

De Bezige Bij ("the busy bee") is one of the most important literary publishing companies in the Netherlands.

Elsevier (magazine)

Elsevier Weekblad is a Dutch weekly news magazine. With a circulation of over 68,000 copies as of 2018, it is the Netherlands' most popular news magazine. Its chief editor is Arendo Joustra.Elsevier Weekblad focuses mainly on politics, international affairs and business. In terms of scope of articles it is best comparable to Germany's Focus, Belgium's Knack or America's Time Magazine. Like Time Magazine, Elsevier Weekblad runs a yearly coverstory about a Person of the Year. The magazine is, together with de Volkskrant and NRC Handelsblad, conventionally considered to be one of the most influential written media in the Dutch language area. Views expressed are generally conservative right wing.

Eurosonic Noorderslag

Eurosonic Noorderslag is an annual four-day music showcase festival and conference held in January in Groningen, Netherlands. The first three days of the festival (Eurosonic) feature artists from all over Europe, the last day of the festival (Noorderslag) features only Dutch artists. The conference is held during all four days of the event. Several awards are presented during Eurosonic Noorderslag: the European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA) , the European Festivals Awards, the Buma Cultuur Pop Award (Popprijs), the Pop Media Award (Pop Media Prijs), The Feather (De Veer), the "Iron Venue and Festival Animals" (Ijzeren Podiumdieren) and the Buma Music Meets Tech Award.

Hugo Brandt Corstius

Hugo Brandt Corstius (29 August 1935 – 28 February 2014) was a Dutch author, known for his achievements in both literature and science.In 1970, he was awarded a PhD on the subject of computational linguistics. He was employed at the Mathematisch Centrum in Amsterdam. However, to the general public he is mostly known for his writing, in particular as a columnist for Vrij Nederland and de Volkskrant and as linguist and literary critic for Vrij Nederland, de Volkskrant, and NRC Handelsblad.

Jan Blokker

Jan Andries Blokker, Sr. (27 May 1927 – 6 July 2010) was a Dutch journalist, columnist, publicist, writer, and amateur historian. In The Netherlands, Blokker was best known for his columns in De Volkskrant, which he wrote between 1968 and 2006.

Metro (Dutch newspaper)

Metro (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmeːtroː]) is a free Dutch newspaper, distributed daily since 1999, mostly to commuters in high-traffic areas. Formerly owned by Metro International, in August 2012 the paper was taken over by the Telegraaf Media Group (TMG). At the time of acquisition, TMG already published another free Dutch newspaper, Spits. Later Spits merged into Metro.

NRC Handelsblad

NRC Handelsblad (Dutch pronunciation: [ɛnɛrseː ˈɦɑndəlzblɑt]), often abbreviated to NRC, is a daily evening newspaper published in the Netherlands by NRC Media. It is generally accepted as the country's newspaper of record.

Next Dutch general election

The next Dutch general election to elect the members of the House of Representatives is scheduled for 17 March 2021, but may be held at an earlier date if a snap election is called.

The current government was inaugurated after the longest coalition formation in Dutch history, with 225 days between the election and swearing in of the cabinet. The current cabinet is led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who presides over a coalition consisting of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA), Democrats 66 (D66), and Christian Union (CU). The coalition holds a narrow majority in both legislative chambers, with 76 of 150 seats in the House of Representatives and 38 of 75 seats in the Senate before the 2019 Dutch Senate election.

P. C. Hooft Award

The P.C. Hooft Award (in Dutch: P.C. Hooft-prijs) is a Dutch language literary lifetime achievement award. The annual award is alternately given for prose (fiction), essays (non-fiction) and poetry. The award was established in 1947 as a Dutch state award. It is named for the Dutch poet and playwright Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft. The prize remuneration is €60,000.The relationship between the State of the Netherlands and the independent Foundation that puts forward the winner came under pressure in 1984, when the columnist Hugo Brandt Corstius was nominated for the prize by the jury. The Minister of Culture at the time, Elco Brinkman, refused to award the prize to Brandt Corstius, because of some inappropriate comments about the government and Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers. As a result of this uproar the prize was not awarded the next two years. In 1987 the prize was as yet awarded to Brandt Corstius.

Renée Soutendijk

Renette Pauline Soutendijk (born 21 May 1957), known professionally as Renée Soutendijk, is a Dutch actress. A gymnast in her youth, Soutendijk began her acting career in the late-1970s. She was a favorite star of director Paul Verhoeven's films and is perhaps best known for her work in his 1980 release Spetters, and 1983's The Fourth Man. Her good looks and striking blond hair secured her status as a Dutch sex symbol in the 1980s.Soutendijk attempted to establish herself in the United States in the late-1980s, and appearing in the science fiction film Eve of Destruction (1991). Since the 2000s, she has played a number of television and stage roles, and appeared as one of the leads in the 2012 RTL 4 television series Moordvrouw. She has also had supporting roles in the American drama A Perfect Man (2013) and in Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria (2018).

Sdu (publishing company)

Sdu is a Dutch publishing company, whose name derives from the company's origin as the Staatsdrukkerij en -Uitgeverij, typically abbreviated as Staatsdrukkerij; the company started as the official publisher ("State Printing House") of Dutch governmental publications and of documents such as passports and voter registration cards. Along with the Staatscourant, it was the first Dutch company to receive the appellation "royal", awarded in 1806 by Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte.

Spotted by Locals

Spotted by Locals is a publisher of a series of travel guides (apps & blogs) with up to date tips curated by handpicked locals in 70+ cities in Europe and North America.

The city guides are curated by "Spotters" - people who live in the city they write about and speak the local language. All Spotters are selected by founders Sanne & Bart van Poll.

Spotted by Locals provides recommendations submitted by actual local residents on where to eat, shop, be entertained and more. The city guide is aimed at travelers who want to avoid tourist highlights and experience cities like a local.Spotted by Locals has created content for publications such as The Guardian Sueddeutsche Zeitung, The Independent, De Volkskrant, Kathimerini and commercial content licensing partners like Volkswagen.

Every 2 years, Spotted by Locals organizes a weekend for its bloggers.

Steven Berghuis

Steven Berghuis (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈsteːvə(n) ˈbɛrxœys], born 19 December 1991) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a winger for Feyenoord.

Team Jumbo–Visma

Team Jumbo–Visma is a men's professional bicycle racing team, successor of the former Rabobank. The team consists of three sections: ProTeam (the UCI WorldTeam team), Continental (a talent team racing in the UCI Europe Tour), and Cyclo-cross.

The cycling team was founded for the 1984 season under the name Kwantum–Decosol, anchored by Jan Raas, with mostly cyclists coming from the TI–Raleigh cycling team. With Raas as directeur sportif from 1985 onwards, the head sponsor was succeeded by Superconfex, Buckler, Wordperfect and Novell, respectively, before Raas signed a contract with Rabobank, a Dutch association of credit unions, in 1996. After Rabobank sponsorship ended in 2012, it was known as Blanco, Belkin, and then Lotto-Jumbo.

Since 1984, the team has entered every Tour de France and since the introduction of divisions in 1998, the team has always been in the first division. A 2012 investigation by Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant concluded that doping was at least tolerated, from the team's 1996 beginnings as Rabobank until at least 2007.


Trouw (Dutch pronunciation: [trʌu] (listen); lit. true, loyal) is a Dutch daily newspaper appearing in compact size. It was founded in 1943 as an orthodox Protestant underground newspaper during World War II. Since 2009, it is owned by De Persgroep. Trouw received the European Newspaper Award in 2012. Cees van der Laan is the current editor-in-chief.



This page is based on a Wikipedia article written by authors (here).
Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license; additional terms may apply.
Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.