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Front page of Kurier, 7 November 2012
TypeDaily newspaper
Funke Mediengruppe
PublisherKurier-Zeitungsverlag und Druckerei GmbH
EditorMartina Salomon
Founded1954; 70 years ago (1954)
Political alignmentCentrism
HeadquartersVienna, Austria
Circulation385,000 (2013)

Kurier is a German-language daily newspaper based in Vienna, Austria.[1]

History and profile

Kurier was founded as Wiener Kurier by the United States Forces in Austria (USFA) in 1945, during the Allied occupation after World War II. In 1954 the paper was acquired and re-established by Ludwig Polsterer as Neuer Kurier (New Kurier).[2][3][4][5]

Funke Mediengruppe holds 49% of the paper.[6] The company also partly owns Kronen Zeitung.[7] The publisher of Kurier is Kurier-Zeitungsverlag und Druckerei GmbH.[2] Kurier is based in Vienna.[5]


Kurier was the eighteenth largest newspaper worldwide with a circulation of 443,000 copies in the late 1980s.[8] It was the third best-selling Austrian newspaper in 1993 with a circulation of 390,000 copies.[9]

Kurier sold 263,000 copies in 2001.[10] It was the third best selling Austrian newspaper in 2002 with a circulation of 252,000 copies.[11] The daily had a circulation of 254,000 copies in 2004.[12] Its circulation in 2005 was 172,000 copies.[5] The 2007 circulation of the paper was 169,481 copies.[1] The paper sold 158,469 copies in 2011.[13] The circulation of the paper was 385,000 copies in 2013.[2]


  • Hans Dichand, 1955–1958
  • Hugo Portisch, 1958–1967
  • Eberhard Strohal, 1967–1973
  • Hubert Feichtlbauer, 1973–1975
  • Gerd Bacher, 12 October 1975 – 4 November 1975
  • Karl Löbl, 1975–1979
  • Gerd Leitgeb, 1979–1986
  • Günter Wessig, 1986–1988
  • Franz Ferdinand Wolf, 1988–1993
  • Peter Rabl, 1993–2005
  • Christoph Kotanko, 2005- 31 July 2010
  • Helmut Brandstätter, 2010-2018; 2013
  • Martina Salomon, since 1. October 2018


  1. ^ a b "Science News? Overview of Science Reporting in the EU" (PDF). EU. 2007. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Austria 2013". WAN IFRA. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  3. ^ "European News Resources". NYU Libraries. Archived from the original on 28 January 2015. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  4. ^ Martina Thiele. "Press freedom and pluralism in Europe" (PDF). Intellect Books. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  5. ^ a b c "The press in Austria". BBC. 10 November 2005. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Communications Report 2005" (Report). Rundfunk and Telekom Regulierungs GmbH. Retrieved 1 January 2015.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Media Markets: Austria Country Overview". Russian Telecom. August 2004. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  8. ^ Franz Horner (1996). "Agencies of Socialization". In Volkmar Lauber (ed.). Contemporary Austrian Politics. Boulder, CO: Westview Press. p. 223. ISBN 978-0367159504.
  9. ^ Eric Solsten, ed. (1994). Austria: A Country Study. Washington: GPO for the Library of Congress. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  10. ^ Adam Smith (15 November 2002). "Europe's Top Papers". campaign. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  11. ^ "World Press Trends" (PDF). World Association of Newspapers. Paris. 2004. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  12. ^ "Media pluralism in the Member States of the European Union" (PDF). Commission of the European Communities. Brussels. 16 January 2007. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  13. ^ Paul C. Murschetz (25 January 2014). State Aid for Newspapers: Theories, Cases, Actions. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 135. ISBN 978-3-642-35691-9.
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