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Expressen cover (16 December 2011)
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Bonnier AB
Editor-in-chiefKlas Granström
Founded16 November 1944; 79 years ago (1944-11-16)
Political alignmentIndependent liberal
Circulation270,900 (2010)

Expressen (The Express) is one of two nationwide evening newspapers in Sweden. Describing itself as independent liberal, Expressen was founded in 1944;[1] its symbol is a wasp and its slogans are "it stings" or "Expressen to your rescue".[citation needed]

The newspaper awards the culture prize Expressens Heffaklump for children's and youth culture.


The first edition of Expressen was published on 16 November 1944.[2][3] A main feature that day was an interview with the crew members of a British bomber who were successful in sinking the German ship Tirpitz. A project of Albert Bonnier Jr., Carl-Adam Nycop, and Ivar Harrie – who was to become the first editor-in-chief – Expressen was created in part to push back against "national socialism and related violent ideologies."[4]

The paper is owned by the Bonnier Group.[5][6] As of 2005, the paper had a liberal stance,[7] but it declared its independent leaning in 1995.[2]

Through mergers, the Gothenburg edition of Expressen is titled GT (originally Göteborgs-Tidningen) and the Malmö edition is titled Kvällsposten, but the three share half of the content. Expressen (with GT and Kvällsposten) maintains a centre-right political profile, describing its editorial position as "independent liberal", while the competitor Aftonbladet is independent social-democratic. Ownership of Expressen (and Sweden's largest morning newspaper, Dagens Nyheter) is controlled by the Bonnier family, while Aftonbladet is owned jointly by Swedish trade unions and the Norwegian publishing family Schibsted.

List of editors in chief

  • 2020– Klas Granström
  • 2019– Klas Granström (acting)
  • 2009–2019 Thomas Mattsson
  • 2002–2008 – Otto Sjöberg
  • 2001–2002 – Joachim Berner
  • 1997–2001 – Staffan Thorsell
  • 1995–1996 – Christina Jutterström
  • 1994–1995 – Olle Wästberg
  • 1991–1993 – Erik Månsson
  • 1977–1991 – Bo Strömstedt
  • 1960–1977 – Per Wrigstad
  • 1944–1960 – Ivar Harrie[8]


In 1998, the circulation of Expressen was 316,000 copies on weekdays and 396,000 copies on Sundays.[2] The paper had a circulation of 334,000 copies in 2001.[9] The 2004 circulation of the paper was 335,000 copies.[6] It was 339,400 copies on weekdays in 2005.[7] In 2010, the circulation of the paper had declined to 270,900 copies.[10]


Kvällsposten, founded in 1948, is – since 1998 – an edition of Expressen distributed in the south of Sweden, including Skåne and Blekinge counties. Its editorial offices are in Malmö and the editor in chief is Magnus Ringman.


Göteborgs-Tidningen or GT was a tabloid newspaper founded in Gothenburg in 1902. GT was owned by Göteborgs Handels- och Sjöfartstidning, but in 1973 it was acquired by Göteborgs-Posten. In 1998, Bonnier AB bought the newspaper and since then it has become a regional edition of Expressen – distributed in the southwest of Sweden, including Västra Götaland County.

GT's headquarters are in Gothenburg[11] and its editor in chief is Christer El-Mochantaf.[12]

See also


  1. ^ Lennart Weibull (2013). "What has Happened with the Political Press? Perspectives on the Erosion in Swedish Newspaper Readership". In Henrik Oscarsson; Stefan Dahlberg; Lena Wängnerud (eds.). Stepping Stones (PDF). Gothenburg: University of Gothenburg. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 January 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b c 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.
  3. ^ 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 13 February 2015. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Expressens historia". Expressen. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  5. ^ Robert G. Picard. "Media Ownership and Concentration in the Nordic Nations" (PDF). Le Centre d'études sur les médias. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  6. ^ a b "The press in Sweden". BBC News. 2004. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Swedish mass media" (PDF). Swedish Institute. 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 September 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Expressens historia". Expressen. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  9. ^ Adam Smith (15 November 2002). "Europe's Top Papers". campaign. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  10. ^ "Expressen". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 25 March 2011.
  11. ^ "Så kontaktar du GT". Göteborgs-Tidningen (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 18 March 2009. Retrieved 25 October 2009.
  12. ^ Expressen-GT 5 April 2019
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