Århus Stiftstidende (colloquially Stiften) is a Danish newspaper based in Aarhus, Denmark, focusing largely on local topics.

Århus Stiftstidende
"Banegårdshuset", the headquarters of Århus Stiftstidende since 2005.
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Jysk Fynske Medier
PublisherJysk Fynske Medier
Founded3 January 1794; 230 years ago (1794-01-03)
HeadquartersBanegårdshuset Aarhus C, Denmark
WebsiteÅrhus Stiftstidende

The independent newspaper with a bourgeois character has suffered a considerable decline in circulation in recent years.[1] While it still sold 74,000 copies per day in 1978, the newspaper only sold 19,661 copies in May 2011 (weekend edition: 24,567 copies). Compared to other Danish newspapers, the loss within one year was the greatest at 15.5% (14.3 %).[2]

History and profile


First published by Niels Lund on 3 January 1794,[3][4] Århus Stiftstidende is among the oldest businesses in Denmark still in operation. It originated as part of the Stiftstidende dailies; with two other Stiftstidende newspapers published in Aalborg - Aalborg Stiftstidende founded in 1767 -, and Odense - Fyens Stiftstidende started in 1772.[3] Until 1927, the publishing company of Aarhuus Stiftsbogtrykkerie owned and published the paper.[4] Between 1918 and 1952, Louis Schmidt served as the editor-in-chief.[3]

Århus Stifstidende serves for Jutland.[5] The paper has no official political affiliation, but has a liberal political leaning.[6][7] It is published in broadsheet format.[8] On 1 January 2007, Århus Stifstidende merged with other local newspapers in Midtjylland to form the editorial company of Midtjyske Medier, then a branch of Berlingske Media.[9] In late 2015, Midtjyske Medier was sold and fused with Jysk Fynske Medier, the second largest mediagroup in Denmark by turnover.[10]

Århus Stiftstidende used to publish the free local weekly newspaper Aarhus Onsdag (Aarhus Wednesday) and the cityguide website AOA, Alt Om Aarhus (All About Aarhus). The Aarhus Onsdag paper is more limited in its scope, is financed completely by advertisements and is available both in paperform and online, but was sold to competitor JP/Politikens Hus in June 2017.[11][12][13] The AOA website was also free and included a number of free online magazines covering fashion, culture, tourist guiding, studentlife etc., but was terminated in 2016 after the sale of Midtjyske Medier.[14]



Århus Stiftstidende had a circulation of 71,000 copies on weekdays and 83,000 copies on Sundays in the first quarter of 2000, making it one of the top 20 newspapers in the country.[15] The circulation of the paper was 59,000 copies in 2002.[16] The paper had a circulation of 55,000 copies in 2003.[8] The paper sold 51,500 copies in 2005.[3]

During the first half of 2009 the circulation of Århus Stiftstidende was 24,231 copies.[17] It fell to 22,168 copies during the first six months of 2010 and to 20,329 copies during the first six months of 2011.[17]


  1. ^ Den Store Danske: Århus Stiftstidende, retrieved 30 August 2011 (dänisch)
  2. ^ Jens Jørgen Madsen: Ekstra Bladets og Århus Stiftstidendes nedtur fortsætter In Journalisten.dk 20 June 2011, retrieved 30 August 2011 (dänisch)
  3. ^ a b c d "Factsheet Denmark" (PDF). Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. January 2007. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  4. ^ a b "History". Stibo. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  5. ^ Tanni Haas (April 2003). "Importing journalistic ideals and practices?". The International Journal of Press/Politics. 8 (2): 90–103. doi:10.1177/1081180X02251049. S2CID 145502002.
  6. ^ Mortensen, Peter B.; Serritzlew, Søren (September 2006). "Newspapers and budgeting: the effects of media coverage on local expenditure decisions". Scandinavian Political Studies. 29 (3): 236–260. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9477.2006.00151.x.
  7. ^ Aage Erhardtsen (May 1978). Evolution of concentration and competition in the Danish newspaper and magazine sector (Report). Brussels: Commission of the European Communities. ISBN 9789282504635. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  8. ^ a b "World Press Trends" (PDF). World Association of Newspapers. Paris. 2004. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  9. ^ Midtjyske Medier (in Danish)
  10. ^ Midtjyske Medier bliver nedlagt
  11. ^ Kerstin Bruun-Hansen (16 June 2017). "Sikkert godt andre steder – men ikke her" [Probably good elsewhere - but not here] (in Danish). Journalisten. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  12. ^ Århus Onsdag Lokalavisen.dk, Berlingske Media (in Danish)
  13. ^ Århus Onsdag
  14. ^ Alt Om Aarhus (AOA) Midtjyske Medier A/S (in Danish)
  15. ^ "The 20 largest daily newspapers 2000" (PDF). Danmarks Statistik. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  16. ^ "World Press Trends 2003" (PDF). World Association of Newspapers. Paris. 2004. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  17. ^ a b Anna B. Holm; John P. Ulhøi; Anastasia Uliyanova (2011). Business Model Innovation: The Danish Newspaper Industry's Response to the Decline in Traditional Markets. doi:10.2139/ssrn.2102615. SSRN 2102615.