Type Daily newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Bonnier AB
Editor-in-chief Thomas Mattsson
Founded 1944 (1944)
Political alignment Independent liberal
Headquarters Stockholm
Circulation 270,900 (2010)

Expressen is one of two nationwide evening tabloid newspapers in Sweden, the other being Aftonbladet. Expressen was founded in 1944;[1] its symbol is a wasp and slogans "it stings" or "Expressen to your rescue".


The first edition of Expressen was released 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.

The editor in chief of Expressen is Thomas Mattsson. The paper is owned by the Bonnier Group.[4][5] As of 2005 the paper had a liberal stance,[6] 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 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.


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.[7] The 2004 circulation of the paper was 335,000 copies.[5] It was 339,400 copies on weekdays in 2005.[6] The 2010 circulation of the paper was 270,900 copies.[8]


In September 2016, Expressen published a column in which columnist Cecilia Hagen called political opponents "rats", proceeded to ask how to get rid of them, and then suggested using poison.[9] The column drew heavy criticism; the editorial of another major Swedish newspaper, Göteborgs-Posten, strongly condemned the column [10] while a number of media personalities, human rights activists and lawyers published a call in Svenska Dagbladet saying that Expressen's column "comparing humans to rats and expressing a wish to kill them" was "deeply worrying",[11]


Kvällsposten is an edition of Expressen distributed in southern Sweden. Its editorial offices are in Malmö and the editor in chief is Martin Kroon.


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

GT's headquarters in Gothenburg and its editor in chief is Frida Boisen.[12][13]

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. Stepping Stones (PDF). Göteburg: University of Gothenburg. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 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. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  4. Robert G. Picard. "Media Ownership and Concentration in the Nordic Nations" (PDF). Le Centre d'études sur les médias. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  5. 1 2 "The press in Sweden". BBC News. 2004. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  6. 1 2 "Swedish mass media" (PDF). Swedish Institute. 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 September 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  7. Adam Smith (15 November 2002). "Europe's Top Papers". campaign. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  8. "Expressen". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 25 March 2011.
  9. "Hur ska man bli av med mänskliga brunråttorna?". Expressen (in Swedish). 29 September 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  10. "Vad är det som håller på att ske i Sverige?". Göteborgs-Posten. 30 September 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  11. ""Djupt oroande när människor kallas råttor"". Svenska Dagbladet. 4 October 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  12. "Så kontaktar du GT". Göteborgs-Tidningen (in Swedish). Retrieved 25 October 2009.
  13. "Senaste nytt". Göteborgs-Tidningen (in Swedish). Retrieved 25 October 2009.

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