Der Nordschleswiger

Der Nordschleswiger is a German-language internet newspaper in Denmark with its main editorial office in Aabenraa and local editorial offices in Haderslev, Sønderborg, Tinglev and Tønder. The media house functions and sees itself as the mouthpiece of the German minority. It is one of two such major media outlets in the Danish-German border region, the other one being Flensborg Avis of the Danish minority in Germany.[2] It was the first German-language paper established in Europe following World War II.[3]

Der Nordschleswiger
TypeOnline newspaper
PublisherBund Deutscher Nordschleswiger
Editor-in-chiefGwyn Nissen
Associate editorCornelius von Tiedemann[1]
Ceased publication2018 (print)
HeadquartersAabenraa, Denmark
WebsiteDer Nordschleswiger

History and profileEdit

Der Nordschleswiger was founded as a weekly newspaper in 1946.[2][3] In 1951 it became daily.[3] The newspaper is published in German[4] and has its own publishing house.[2]

After votes in the minority, the publishing Bund Deutscher Nordschleswiger (BDN) main board decided in 2018 to discontinue the daily paper edition and to rely fully on the internet,[5] which is particularly widespread in Denmark, for publishing. Since February 2021 all content can be viewed at any time free of charge, without payment barriers and subscription obligations on the website of Der Nordschleswiger and via apps for iOS and Android devices.[6]

In addition, since the end of the printed daily newspaper in February 2021, there has been a fortnightly printed newspaper in cooperation with Flensborg Avis, in which content from the internet offering is collected.[7]

The newspaper is a member of MIDAS (European Association of Daily Newspapers in Minority and Regional Languages).[8]

Since 2008, there has been a cooperation with Flensborg Avis, the Danish-language counterpart in neighbouring Southern Schleswig, as well as with the Schleswig-Holsteinischer Zeitungsverlag, to which the Flensburger Tageblatt belongs. Initially, the cooperation consisted merely of taking over some articles from the respective other newspapers, if necessary also in translated form.

In 2013, the cooperation was expanded to include the largest Danish-language daily newspaper in southern Denmark, JydskeVestkysten. Since then, it has been possible for the four editorial offices to access the digital editorial systems of all partner editorial offices at any time.[9] In addition, since 2014 the editorial offices of JydskeVestkysten and Nordschleswiger have been located in a joint media house in Aabenraa and the local editorial offices in Haderslev and Sønderborg are also housed in shared offices.

Der Nordschleswiger editorial office produces two German-language radio news programmes every weekday, which are broadcast terrestrially on Skala FM in Northern Schleswig and on the internet via various local stations from northern Schleswig-Holstein, among other places.[5]

Major financial support for the paper comes from the German state[6] through the BDN.[3]

Since 2013, Gwyn Nissen is the editor-in-chief of the media house.[6]

In May 2021, Der Nordschleswiger was awarded a prize for the switch from print to digital by the umbrella organization of Danish media.[10]


  1. ^ "Der Nordschleswiger Kontakt". Der Nordschleswiger. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Tove H. Malloy (2015). "Functional Non-Territorial Autonomy in Denmark and Germany". In Tove H. Malloy; Alexander Osipov; Balázs Vizi (eds.). Managing Diversity Through Non-Territorial Autonomy: Assessing Advantages, Deficiencies, and Risks. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 196. ISBN 978-0-19-873845-9.
  3. ^ a b c d "Der Nordschleswiger" (PDF). Midas Press. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  4. ^ Mads Daugbjerg (15 February 2014). Borders of Belonging: Experiencing History, War and Nation at a Danish Heritage Site. Berghahn Books. p. 41. ISBN 978-0-85745-977-0. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Der Nordschleswiger". Eurotopics: Der Nordschleswiger. Eurotopics. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  6. ^ a b c "Minority language media and the COVID-19 pandemic – the case of German in Denmark. An interview with Gwyn Nissen". Retrieved 9 June 2021.
  7. ^ "Der Nordschleswiger lukker daglig printavis". Watch Medier. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  8. ^ "Members". Midas. Retrieved 9 June 2021.
  9. ^ "Deutsch-Dänische Zeitungskooperation mit historischer Dimension". Berliner Zeitung. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  10. ^ "Danske Mediers Digitale Priser 2020". Danske Medier. Retrieved 9 June 2021.

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