Klassekampen (English: The Class Struggle) is a Norwegian daily newspaper. It describes itself as "the newspaper of the Left." The paper's net circulation is 34,000 (2021), and it has around 111,000 daily readers on paper (160,000 on Saturdays).[4] This makes it the third largest Norwegian print newspaper, based on readership.[5] Chief editor from 2018 is Mari Skurdal.

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TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Red Party (Norway) (19.6%)
Foreningen Klassekampens venner (17.5%)
Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees (15%)
United Federation of Trade Unions (5%)
Mater AS (4.7%)
Oktoberstiftelsen (4.7%)
Industri Energi (5%)
Others (28.5%)[1]
EditorMari Skurdal
Political alignmentMaoism (formerly)[2]
Revolutionary socialism[3]
HeadquartersOslo, Norway
Circulation34,000 (2021)

The paper was initially a part of the young marxist-leninist (maoist) movement in Norway. It started out in early 1969 as a monthly periodical published by "a group of marxist-leninists" with Anders M. Andersen as the first editor. It promoted the positions of the Workers' Communist Party (AKP; founded 1973) and its predecessors.[6][7][2] Klassekampen became a weekly in January 1973, a bi-weekly in January 1976 and finally a daily newspaper as of April 1977. It was the official organ of the AKP until April 1991.[8] Its mission statement now describes itself as "revolutionary socialist."[3] In 2006, then editor Bjørgulv Braanen received the Fritt Ord Award for his and the paper's excellence in political journalism.[9]

The paper is said to be a unique part of European media history, starting out a voluntary propaganda project and developing into a "pluralist success with a high cultural status and cross-political appeal".[10] As most Norwegian newspapers it depends on economic support from the Norwegian Government.[11]


Pål Steigan co-founded Klassekampen as a monthly periodical in 1969 and during his leadership the Workers' Communist Party developed it into a daily newspaper in 1977

1969–1972: Monthly paper for the marxist-leninist movementEdit

Klassekampen was initiated in 1968 by a group of young communists, members of SUF(m-l), the youth organization of the socialist Sosialistisk Folkeparti (SF). Pål Steigan, Tron Øgrim and Sigmund Grønmo were key figures, The first issue was published on February 7, 1969, coinciding with the annual convention of the SF, at which an left-wing opposition broke with the party, as did SUF (m-l).[12] In the first period the paper was published as a monthly periodical by "a group of marxist-leninists".[13] According to Steigan, the name was proposed by Øgrim, the name indicating that it intended to play a larger role than being the monthly periodical of a youth organization. The newspaper's stated goal was to strengthen the marxist-leninist movement and lay the foundations for a new communist party in Norway. At the same time, it set itself the goal of becoming a working class newspaper.[14]

As a monthly, Klassekampen had no paid staff. The editorial work, the printing as well as sales were carried out by volunteers. The first printing press was financed mostly by young people taking summer jobs or being newspaper couriers (for other newspapers) before school hours.[15] Due to the progress of the m-l-movement and its high level of activity, sales and circulation increased rapidly: the first issue in 1969 was printed in 3,500 copies. The circulation passed 10,000 in 1970, and 20,000 in 1971.[16] Labour Day was always an important sales day , and the May 1st issue of 1972 was published in 45,000.

During the period as a monthly newspaper, Klassekampen also published a number of extra issues on current issues and leaflet-like printed matter.[17] From 1972 the paper was officially linked to the Marxist-Leninist Groups (MLG), which was a forerunner of the Workers' Communist Party (AKP (m-l)). At the same time, fundraising and recruitment of subscribers was started with a plan of weekly publication.

1973–1976: Weekly newspaper for AKP(m-l)Edit

In January 1973, Klassekampen became a weekly newspaper. Shortly afterwards, it became the formal party organ for the newly formed AKP (m-l).

As a weekly, Klassekampen got its own editorial offices in Oslo for the first time, as well as a paid editorial staff. Still, much of the volunteer spirit continued, with groups of party members and sympathizers contributing in special editorial fields. In 1974, a campaign was launched to link "workers' correspondents" to the newspaper. After two years as a weekly, it was summarized that a third of the newspaper was written by the permanent editorial staff, a third by the volunteer staff and a third by workers' correspondents and readers. The proportion of workplace reports doubled from 1973 to 1974.[18]

The winter of 1973 the weekly newspaper had a circulation of 13,000. The fall of 1974 it had increased to 19,000 and two years later 27,000. During the years 1973–1976 11,000 new subscribers were enrolled, and door-to-door sales were effectively organized.[19] From January 1976, Klassekampen was published twice a week, as an escalation before the transition to daily publications. In order to prepare for this transition, a major fundraising campaign was also carried out for investing in the paper's own rotary printing plant. The "rotation campaign" started little by little in 1974 and was not completed until just before the daily newspaper was launched. At that time, NOK 5,631,000 had been collected.[20]

In the pre-daily period, Klassekampen disclosed several classified military documents. In May 1971, it was shown that a NATO exercise had exemplified revolutionary groups, Vietnam War activists and trade unionists as enemies of the state. During an exercise in 1973, the paper disclosed that opponents of NATO membership and student groups had been "assigned" this role.[21] In 1976, the paper carried a series of articles by Jon Michelet about the Soviet presence at Svalbard, suggesting that the Soviet Union might be constructing a military base at Cape Heer, thus violating the Svalbard Treaty. These reports were later developed into Michelet's novel Orion's Belt and a movie with the same name.[22]

1977–1991: Daily newspaper for AKP (m-l)Edit

From April 1, 1977, Klassekampen switched to daily publication (except Sundays). At that time, the rotary press and editorial offices were installed on Bryn in Oslo.[23] In the first years as a daily newspaper, Klassekampen was edited strictly according to party guidelines.[24]

The operation of the daily newspaper was more resource-intensive than anticipated, not least financially. Income from advertising was scarce. In addition, AKP (m-l) had adopted a policy of "self-support" and therefore did not accept the state support that Klassekampen was entitled to.[25] The newspaper was to be built entirely on the support of the readers. This policy hit the wall in 1978, and bankruptcy was just around the corner. A new fundraiser avoided immediate collapse, but the party had to accept state aid. In November 1979, Klassekampen could announce that "the daily is saved!"[26] This of course had a cost: The paper was cut from 16 to 12 pages most days, and the staff was reduced heavily. District offices in Bergen, Trondheim and Tromsø had to close, and special editions in Sàmi, English and Spanish were stopped, as were publications aimed specially at immigrant workers and at farmers/fishermen.[27]

The party had also decided that the paper should build up its own courier service. Unpaid volunteers delivered the newspaper to the subscribers in major cities every evening or night. This was partly for economic reasons, partly as a security measure – AKP did not want to hand over the list of subscribers to someone else.[28] (The parliamentary "Lund Report" concerning the Norwegian secret services later confirmed that subscribing to Klassekampen could be a reason for registration.)[29] The courier system meant great strain on the party organization that, literally, carried the newspaper. From late 1979 the system was discontinued in most of Norway, but in some parts of Oslo it was effective for a decade.[30]

In 1977, criminal charges were brought against then editor Finn Sjue for the paper's disclosures of secret NATO exercise telegrams. Two years later he was sentenced to ten days in prison or a fine of NOK 2,500. The sentence was later confirmed by the Supreme Court with a 3–2 vote.[31]

During the 1980s, Klassekampen managed to get national acclaim for its journalism in certain focus areas. Journalist Per Bangsund specialized in the growth of right wing extremism and neo-nazism in Norway and had contacts regarding this within the secret services. A group for investigative journalism (with among others Alf R. Jacobsen) was established, possibly the first in Norway. A focus area for this group was tax evasions among business people and top politicians. Finn Sjue, now as a journalist, digged into illegal or semi-illegal surveillance practices by the secret services towards organizations, politicians and activists on the left. Furthermore, the paper had broad international coverage, partly through AKP's party contacts, but through the years also through extensive travel activities by its own staff. The Middle East, Horn of Africa, Eastern Europe, Central America and Northern Ireland was prioritized. In 1983, journalist Kjell Gjerseth received the Narvesen Prize, at that time the highest ranked journalism award in Norway, for his reports from Afghanistan in the early years of the Soviet occupation.[32]

The Lund Report in 1996 stated that the telephones in Klassekampen's offices had been tapped by the Secret Services from 1976 until 1979. Furthermore, the names of employees, contributors, subscribers and street vendors had been registered.[33]

In 1979, Sigurd Allern was hired as editor for a new period. He held this position until 1995 and was vital in the editorial development of the daily. Also being a member of the AKP central committee, he managed pragmatically to professionalize the paper without creating too much discontent in the party. The editorial directive was in effect discontinued.[34] Still, there were some conflict points between the party and the staff. In 1984–1985 this culminated, when a group of journalists organized a strike protesting on the paper's employment policy. The strike lasted only a couple of hours, but led to a long-lasting internal conflict in the paper and the party.[35] At the same time, the Norwegian Graphical Union decided to exclude all members at Duplotrykk, Klassekampen's print shop, on the grounds that they had accepted hours and pay grade outside of the tariff regulations.[36]

1991–1999: New orientationEdit

The Allern yearsEdit

The process of liberating the paper from party ties, peaked in April 1991, when Klassekampen no longer reckoned itself party organ of AKP. A new purpose clause stated that the paper should carry serious critical journalism with "disclosures of all kinds of exploitation, oppression and environmental destruction" as well as inspire and contribute to "ideological criticism, organizing and political struggle" from a "revolutionary, socialist viewpoint". This change had been approved by the party, that however still would own 80 percent of the shares in the publishing company with the same name.[37] This "liberation process" followed the general line among Norwegian papers, as also conservative and Labour media gained more independence in these years.[38]

Helped by state support, frequent fundraising campaigns and an increasing circulation, the 1980s had passed without any financial catastrophes, but the economy was still tight. A system with regular contributions from the readers had been started in 1983 (Else Berg memorial fund). In late 1991 this was formalized into the support organization Friends of Klassekampen, that was given the remaining 20 percent of the shares and a seat in the company board.[39][40] Together with a big fundraiser this provided means for a renewal in design and editorial focus. The circulation increased to more than 10,000 in 1992, but then Klassekampen lost momentum. It did not manage to use the 1994 referendum on EU membership, where the paper was among with a clear stand against, for increased growth.[41] In early 1995, Duplotrykk – the paper's own printing company – went bankrupt. After this, Klassekampen has been printed by commercial suppliers.[42]

Internal conflicts in the staff were frequent. Editor Sigurd Allern had a rather authoritarian style of leadership, that did not suit the liberated situation and hindered the creative capabilities of the staff.[43] An expansion of the Saturday edition in 1994 was forced through by Allern against the will of the journalists, the marketing department, the CFO and a minority of the board.[44] He (supported by the majority of the board) also pursued a strategy of a still broader ownership and had talks with Kristen Nygaard, that had led the No to EU movement and with the Socialist Left Party (SV) and their then weekly, Ny Tid.[45]

The Bjerke yearsEdit

Main owner AKP had, as many of its sister parties from the 1970s, declined during the 80s. A further setback came in 1991, when its election front Rød Valgallianse became an independent organization and many party members chose to quit AKP and concentrate on RV. Among these were several of those sympathetic to Allern's strategy, while the skepticism toward the editor in the rest-AKP became obvious. In 1995, Allern took the consequences of this and resigned. Paul Bjerke, who had been Allern's deputy, was appointed new editor.[46] He had worked in the paper since 1982. His work style was very opposite to his predecessor's. In a portrait interview in 1997 with the headline "Mumble mumble" he described himself as "somewhat over the edge antisocial".[47][48]

Bjerke soon had to accept reductions in staff and number of pages. His proposed strategy was to meet the problems with expansion. This line was supported by Aksel Nærstad, who from late 1994 had been leading the company board. Nærstad argued that it would be possible to reach a circulation of 15,000 within few years, and that a capital increase of ten million NOK could be obtained provided AKP reduced its ownership.[49] AKP considered these to be numbers without links to reality and instead suggested a discussion on what could be done to fulfill the paper's purpose and strengthen Klassekampen as a "revolutionary, radical, indignant on behalf of the poor, critical to the system and foresighted" newspaper.[50] The national convention of AKP in May 1997 was positive to reducing the party's ownership, but also stated that changing the name or the purpose clause was unacceptable.[51]

Criticism of the paper did not only arise from the AKP leadership and cadre. In 1966, an internet forum named KK-forum was established by outsiders as an attempt on participatory democracy, but this was not welcomed by the paper and its staff, who mostly refused to participate in open polemics. Around the same time there was a notable change in Klassekampen's culture pages with more high-brow intellectual essays that seemed uninteresting and unavailable for the common reader. This led to heavy discussions.[52] Early 1997 Nærstad and Bjerke chose – against AKP's will – to go public with their suggested strategy. This led to Nærstad being sacked as leader of the board, and also to discussions about Bjerke's position.[53] During the spring and summer several initiatives were taken to solve the situation, but there was an increasing lack of confidence between the groups.[54]

In September 1997, parliamentary elections were due. For four years RV had had its first representative, Erling Folkvord, but polls indicated that he was in danger of losing his seat. Klassekampen had always been supporting RV at elections, but now party members felt the help to be somewhat lacking. A few days before the elections the conflict around the newspaper became public as other media claimed that AKP would fire Bjerke. AKP denied that this was the plan. On election day, 15 September, Klassekampen's front page had a picture of Kristin Halvorsen of SV, and Folkvord lost his seat with a margin of 600 votes. The next day AKP formally declared non-confidence to Bjerke.[55] Most of the editorial staff gathered around their editor, started a byline strike and published comments confronting the papers main owner.[56]

Michelet takes overEdit

AKP now offered the position as editor to Jon Michelet, novelist, RV politician and former journalist. He was asked not to take the job by a large majority of the staff. Furthermore, campaigns were organized to hit the paper's economy by not renewing subscriptions or withholding promised financial contributions. When Bjerke received a formal letter about the boards decision of firing him, the local union of journalists declared that it collectively took over the leadership. As a compromise the board now decided to open for alternative candidates. Meanwhile journalist Carsten Thomassen was appointed temporary editor. By the end of the month, four additional candidates had signed up, with Kjell Gjerseth being the favorite of the staff. He and MIchelet got the same number of votes in the board, leaving the decision to the board leader who voted in favor of Michelet. The public debate during and after this was hard. Both sides had its supporters.[57] Bjerke went to court to keep the job, but settled with one year paid leave before quitting, while the board admitted that their reasons were not necessarily objectively justified.[58] With most of the editorial staff as well as several external contributors leaving, Michelet's most acute task was to fill the columns of the paper on a daily basis. This turned out to be easier than feared, and soon the offices were filled with a new generation of journalists.[59]

Still, it was necessary to improve the paper's economy. In 1998, AKP launched a campaign to sell new shares. If successful, this would give Klassekampen 5.5 million NOK while simultaneously reducing the party's ownership to just below 50 percent. The result was 5.9 million. At he same time, circulation dropped dramatically, leading to several years with operating deficits.[60]

From 2000: Daily of the leftEdit

In the AKP years, other parties of the left as well as the trade union leadership regularly were criticized, often in a secterical way. To survive economically and fulfill the strategy of 1991, Klassekampen and its staff – in line with the slogan "The daily of the left" – had to make friends with these groups. Furthermore, the paper realized that it was not possible to grow by committing only to a working class group of readers, whereupon the coverage of cultural and ideological topics was increased. Much was done in these areas during the 1990s – and much was lost again during the 1997 crisis. Thus, a primary task for Michelet and his staff was to rebuild confidence within these groups. Several persons with links to the Socialist Left Party (and its youth organization Socialist Youth) was hired or offered columns in the paper.[61]

MIchelet had a personal style that helped reducing old conflict and build confidence. On the other hand his impulsivity could create internal problems, causing the board and the CFO to alarm AKP, still the largest owner. Strengthening of the paper's editorial leadership was necessary. In October 2000, Bjørgulv Braanen was hired as assistant editor (redaksjonssjef). Braanen had been in Klassekampen before, as head of layout in the late 1980s, but had spent ten years in different positions in Dagens Næringsliv, a liberal business paper. The return to Klassekampen for him meant a 50 percent reduction in salary, but he said it was a project he could stand for – on the condition that AKP would reduce its ownership and that the paper would develop further into an arena for the broad left.[62]

In 2002, Klassekampen published around 10 essays by and two interviews with Israel Shamir, who was criticized for arguing in favour of alliances with the far right,.[63] After a debate between Shamir and Håkon Kolmannskog (then editor of the correspondence pages), the cooperation was ended.[64]

Braanen's yearsEdit

Michelet had a five year contract as editor. For health reasons he abstained from prolongation, whereupon Braanen took over as chief editor in 2002. He presented his ambitions: "I think we have a golden opportunity to build a broad, versatile and radical paper. The political situation also demands such a paper, and not the propaganda paper of former times. The left is on the defensive, and the way ahead is vague. (...) In this situation we need a broad and inclusive radical and critical paper, not one that pretends to have all the answers up front."[65]

Braanen followed this line, and Klassekampen managed to increase its circulation year by year. This naturally helped the paper's financial situation and made improvements possible. One of these was an increased coverage of culture. In September 2006 Bokmagasinet (The Book Magazine) was launched as an enclosure every Saturday, inspired by Guardian Review and the Danish Weekendavisen, and aiming to become "Norway's most important literature paper".[66] In 2012 a similar music was approached in the same way when the weekly Musikkmagasinet started on Mondays.[67] Theatre and the arts also have regular pages. For some time, the separate magazine Cinema was distributed along with Klassekampen six times per year.[68]

In 2004, former editor Paul Bjerke returned to the paper with a regular weekly column that ran for thirteen years.[69]

Another step against the mainstream media flow, was to improve the paper's coverage of "all Norway" through regional offices – in Trondheim (2012), Tromsø (2017) and Bergen (2017).[70]

In 2006 Braanen received the Fritt Ord Award for his efforts – together with the staff – to develop Klassekampen into a broad and including daily "with exceptional contributions in the field of serious political journalism". In 2009 he was named Editor of the Year by the Editors' Association of Oslo.[71]

AKP's majority ownership was still a topic of discussion. In 2006 two left-wing publishing houses, Oktober and Pax, proposed to invest NOK 3 million in the paper. This was turned down by AKP, creating fear that the party was going back on its plan to reduce its share. But it turned out that the party's plan was even more ambitious, and in 2007 it was announced that also Fagforbundet, Noway's largest trade union, would throw in 3 million.[72] A spokeswoman for the union stated that "Klassekampen plays an important role in areas important for the union: defending the welfare state, a critical attitude to neoliberalism and wide coverage of the environmental crisis".[73] Later on more trade unions have bought shares in Klassekampen. Fellesforbundet first acquired shares for NOK 100,000 in 2011 (as did Landsorganisasjonen), and then in 2015 threw in 5 million NOK to become a 5 percent owner.[74][75] In 2007, AKP and RV merged into the Red Party, which took over AKP shares.[76]

Skurdal takes overEdit

In 2018, Braanen resigned as chief editor and was replaced by Mari Skurdal who had along career in different leading positions in the paper.[77][78] Braanen continued as a political commentator/editor.[79] Skurdal has in general continued Braanen's editorial line, but with increased priority on investigative journalism. A separate unit for this was established in late 2021.[80] A new digital platform was launched in 2018 and received the DOGA-label for good design the following year.[81] However, Klassekampen remains to be a primarily printed newspaper with only a few daily articles openly accessible on the Internet.

In 2022 Skurdal was named Editor of the year by the Editors' Association of Oslo.[80]

In early 2022 Klassekampen was criticized by some of Norway's mainstream newspapers for an uncritical attitude towards Vladimir Putin's Russia and for having published pro-Russian conspiracy theories.[82][83] The political editor of Dagbladet Geir Ramnefjell wrote that Klassekampen got its coverage of the events of the Russo-Ukrainian War that led to the 2022 full-scale invasion "most consistently wrong" and claimed – based on the publication of an essay by the Italian journalist Thomas Fazi – that the paper continued to publish "third rate conspiracy theories" of the "crackpot left" even after the invasion.[82] The day after the Russian invasion the paper was described as "Putin's Norwegian parrots" by Andreas Slettholm [no] of Aftenposten.[83] The political editor of Dagens Næringsliv Frithjof Jacobsen wrote that Klassekampen's former editor Bjørgulv Braanen was among those who had espoused "rigid anti-Americanism" and "whose voices we do not need to listen to any more."[84] Klassekampen, however, condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine from the beginning.[85]

Furthermore, the paper has been criticized by parts of the LGBT community for its coverage of transgender people.[86][87][88] Jon Martin Larsen, a lecturer at Kristiania University College, claimed that some published articles were trampling on transgender people and inciting hatred against them.[86][87] Skurdal denied the accusations of transphobia and said that the editorial profile is to bring in different voices on this and other issues, giving the readers the opportunity to make up their own minds.[89] Regular columnists Anne Kalvig (professor of religion at the University of Stavanger and vice chair of Women's Declaration International)[90] and Kajsa Ekis Ekman (a Swedish freelance writer) have written several articles in the newspaper from "gender critical" viewpoints.


Klassekampen has had a relatively small Internet presence since the 1990s, launched in late 1996.[91] In 2020 the paper launched its new website[92] and since then the newspaper has been climbing on daily digital readers. Katrine Holmøy has been Klassekampens development editor from 2016. In 2019, Klassekampens online paper was awarded with the DOGA-label for good design.[81]

KK-forum was established by Trond Andresen in 1996. Andresen has since been a keen advocate of the newspaper's use of the Internet, both as moderator of its various semi-official or official early Internet platforms, as a columnist in the printed newspaper and at the shareholders' meetings. KK-forum played a major role in the ousting of then-editor Paul Bjerke in 1997, when the paper's owners, AKP, appointed Jon Michelet as the new editor. Michelet initiated a formal cooperation with KK-forum, that became the semi-official Internet forum of Klassekampen from 1997; it was linked from the newspaper's Internet frontpage.[93] Andresen was also a regular columnist in the printed newspaper from 2000 to 2016.

In 2008 Klassekampen launched its official online forum, also moderated by Trond Andresen, following a decision at the shareholders' meeting spearheaded by Andresen.[94]

In 2009 Trond Andresen established the Facebook group "Vi som bryr oss om avisa Klassekampen" [Those of us who care about the newspaper Klassekampen], where the paper's editorial practices are discussed.[95] After some years Klassekampen distanced itself from the group, and in an editorial the newspaper claimed that the forum "has for years been the scene of backbiting of the newspaper's journalism and staff."[96]

Current contentEdit

The paper is based in Oslo and has local offices in Bergen, Trondheim, Tromsø and Cairo, Egypt.[97][98] Ownership is shared by the Red Party (successor of the Workers' Communist Party), the national trade unions Fagforbundet, Fellesforbundet and Industri Energi, Mater (sole owner of the Pax publisher), Oktoberstiftelsen (minority owner of the Oktober publishing house), the support organization Klassekampens venner, as well as smaller shareholders.

On Saturdays, the newspaper features a separate book magazine. Editors of this section have been Bendik Wold (2006–2008) and Karin Haugen (2008–present). Among the regular contributors are (per 2022): Jonas Bals, Ellen Engelstad, Tore Linné Eriksen, Elin Kittelsen, Mimir Kristjansson, Sandra Lillebø, Espen Stueland and Janneken Øverland. A special column on Nordic literature features essays by Gerður Kristný (Iceland), Peter Fröberg Idling and Magnus Nilsson (Sweden), Kristina Stoltz and Peter Nielsen (Denmark), and Sirpa Kähkönen and Pia Ingström (Finland).[99]

A music magazine is included on Mondays. Editor is Erik Blegeberg. It features interviews, essays and reviews of a broad spectrum of music genres. Contributors include Egil Baumann, Mariann Bjørnelv, Charlotte Myrbråten and Tom Skjeklesæter.

In general, the paper presents a variety of opinions. It features several columns with regular external contributors (per 2022): "Feminist of course" (Wencke Mühleisen, Asta Beate Håland, Stephen Walton, Anne Bitsch), "Kringla heimsins" (Hans Jacob Orning, Gro Steinsland, Frans-Arne Stylegar, Christine Amadou, Thomas Reinertsen Berg, Gunnhild Røthe), "Homo Politicus" (Ottar Brox, Arne Johan Vetlesen, Bente Aasjord, Linn Herning, Magnus Marsdal), "A Nordic Dawn" (trade union activists from the Nordic countries), "Horizon" (Bhaskar Sunkara, Kajsa Ekis Ekman, Thomas Fazi, Francesca Borri, William Shoki, Grace Blakely, Vijay Prashad), "Heads and Tails" (Morten Jerven, Erik S. Reinert, Maria Walberg, Rune Skarstein, Chr. Anton Smedshaug, Ole Kvadsheim), "In good faith" (Lars Gule, Rania Jalal Al-Nahi, Gyrid Gunnes, Eivor Andersen Oftestad, Mina Bai), "Naturally" (Stefan Sundström, Anna Blix, Kathrine Kinn, Frans-Jan Parmentier, Lene Liebe Delsett), "Signed" (Jonas Bals, Sandra Lillebø, Olav Elgvin, Olaug Nilssen, Minda Holm, Åsa Linderborg).

Other regular contributors are Solveig Aareskjold, Idar Helle, Dag Seierstad, Morten Harper, Arild Linneberg, Torgrim Eggen, Arild Rønsen, and Sylfest Lomheim. Bjørn Vassnes has a weekly column on advances in science. Comedian Knut Nærum contributes as a cartoonist on Saturdays. Jens Styve's one-liner Dunce runs daily. Reviews of theater, film and art exhibition are regular.

The Norwegian edition of the monthly Le Monde diplomatique is enclosed in a full subscription of Klassekampen.


Norway has for a long time had various schemes for state support of newspapers. Still, it has proved difficult to establish new nationwide print papers. When Klassekampen became a daily in 1977, it was the first time since 1945 a new paper entered this arena. The next time was in 1992.[100]

In addition to state support and income from subscriptions, single sales and advertisements, Klassekampen has always been based on voluntary financial and practical support. The first printing press was financed by enthusiastic young people taking summer jobs or newspaper couriers (for established newspapers) before school hours.[15] All work (editing, printing, sales) was done on a voluntary basis in the first years. The first paid employees started when the paper turned into a weekly publication in 1973.[101] In 1974 the party launched a campaign to finance a rotary press. The following 2.5 years the campaign raised more than NOK 5.6 million.[102]

Klassekampen's current owners include Norway's Red Party, the association Klassekampens venner ("Friends of Klassekampen"), several trade unions and smaller shareholders.

Chief editorsEdit

Jon Michelet, chief editor 1997–2002


Circulation 1980–2015
  • 1980: 7219
  • 1981: 7633
  • 1982: 7920
  • 1983: 7920
  • 1984: 8008
  • 1985: 7780
  • 1986: 8020
  • 1987: 8110
  • 1988: 8185
  • 1989: 8449
  • 1990: 8206
  • 1991: 9232
  • 1992: 10042
  • 1993: 9692
  • 1994: 9822
  • 1995: 9103
  • 1996: 7796
  • 1997: 8087
  • 1998: 6506
  • 1999: 6477
  • 2000: 6557
  • 2001: 6648
  • 2002: 6929
  • 2003: 7178
  • 2004: 7512
  • 2005: 8759
  • 2006: 10109[103]
  • 2007: 11386[104]
  • 2008: 12109[105]
  • 2009: 13265[106]
  • 2010: 14390
  • 2011: 15390
  • 2012: 16353
  • 2013: 17648
  • 2014: 19253
  • 2015: 21648
  • 2016: 23414
  • 2017: 25019
  • 2018: 27855
  • 2019: 30076

See alsoEdit



  1. ^ According to the 2021 annual report, available on the paper's website.
  2. ^ a b "Klassekampens historie er full av kamper, men de viktigste står foran oss". Klassekampen. Retrieved 15 May 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Formålsparagrafen til avisa Klassekampen" [Mission statement of the newspaper Klassekampen]. Workers' Communist Party (Norway). Archived from the original on 2020-04-30. Retrieved 6 April 2022.
  4. ^ Statistics from Medienorge, run by the University of Bergen.
  5. ^ "Mediehusenes lesertall", web site of Mediebedriftenes Landsforening, dated 15 September 2021; accessed 15 May 2022.
  6. ^ Information in Klassekampen no. 1, 1969, page 3.
  7. ^ "Maos revolusjon". Klassekampen. Retrieved 15 May 2022.
  8. ^ "Skal bli venstresidas dagsavis" (Becoming the daily of the left), Klassekampen 19 April 1991, page 9.
  9. ^ "For his outstanding contribution to serious political journalism in collaboration with the staff in Klassekampen. Under Bjørgulf Braanen's leadership, Klassekampen has become an important arena for free exchange of opinions without compromising the newspaper's clear political profile." From the web site of the Fritt Ord Foundation.
  10. ^ Quotation from Alf Skjeseth's book Sykle på vannet (the history of Klassekampen) from 2010. The title translates to "Biking on the water" (= doing the impossible) and relates to a passage in Dag Solstad's novel about high school teacher Pedersen.
  11. ^ Pressestøtte: Dagen og Medier24 får størst økning. Klassekampen får fremdeles mest.
  12. ^ Alf Skjeseth: Sykle på vatnet. Historia om Klassekampen ("Biking on water – history of Klassekampen") (Oslo 2010), page 13–15.
  13. ^ Pål Steigan: På den himmelske freds plass. Om ml-bevegelsen i Norge, Oslo 1985, page 94.
  14. ^ Pål Steigan: En folkefiende ("An enemy of the people") (Oslo 2013), page 159–160. ISBN 9788203292606.
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  16. ^ Skjeseth, page 31.
  17. ^ "Småtrykk fra Klassekampen", at the web site of the Workers' Communist Party archive project. Visited May 25, 2022.
  18. ^ "Medarbeiderbladet" (an internal magazine for the volunteer staff) August 28, 1974.
  19. ^ Skjeseth, page 43.
  20. ^ Skjeseth, page 45–47.
  21. ^ Skjeseth, pages 82–84.
  22. ^ Skjeseth, page 86.
  23. ^ Skjeseth, page 50.
  24. ^ Skjeseth, page 53.
  25. ^ Skjeseth, page 62–63.
  26. ^ Skjeseth, page 60–62.
  27. ^ Skjeseth, page 71–72.
  28. ^ Skjeseth, page 55–56.
  29. ^ "The Lund Report" (Report to Stortinget from the commission appointed to investigate allegations on illegal surveillance of Norwegian citizens) (1995–1996), chapter 8, page 258.
  30. ^ Skjeseth, page 56.
  31. ^ Skjeseth, page 81–82.
  32. ^ Skjeseth, pages 86–92.
  33. ^ Skjeseth, pages 111–114.
  34. ^ Skjeseth, pages 138–142.
  35. ^ Skjeseth, pages 148–153.
  36. ^ Skjeseth, page 155.
  37. ^ Skjeseth, page 138.
  38. ^ Skjeseth, page 165, citing Henrik G. Bastiansen: Lojaliteten som brast (Broken loyalities) (2008).
  39. ^ Skjeseth, page 142.
  40. ^ "Skal bli venstresidas dagsavis", Klassekampen April 19, 1991.
  41. ^ Skjeseth, pages 171–172.
  42. ^ Skjeseth, page 173.
  43. ^ Skjeseth, page 174, citing then journalist Bo Brekke.
  44. ^ Skjeseth, page 173.
  45. ^ Skjeseth, pages 176–177.
  46. ^ Skjeseth, page 178.
  47. ^ Lajla Ellingsen: "Mumle mumle", Klassekampen 27 September, 1997.
  48. ^ Skjeseth, pages 180–181.
  49. ^ Nærstad cied in Skjeseth, page 183.
  50. ^ Jorun Gulbrandsen cited by Skjeseth, page 184. Gulbrandsen at this time was vice chair of AKP and member of the Klassekampen board.
  51. ^ Skjeseth, page 192.
  52. ^ Skjeseth, pages 184–186.
  53. ^ Skjeseth, pages 185–190.
  54. ^ Skjeseth, pages 190–194.
  55. ^ Skjeseth, pages 194–197.
  56. ^ Skjeseth, page 197.
  57. ^ Skjeseth, pages 198–204.
  58. ^ Skjeseth, page 206.
  59. ^ Skjeseth, page 209.
  60. ^ Skjeseth, pages 210–211.
  61. ^ Skjeseth, pages 219–231.
  62. ^ Skjeseth, pages 270–271.
  63. ^ "Shamirs uhellige allianse". Klassekampen. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  64. ^ Articles in Klassekampen December 20, 2002 and January 6, 13 and 21, 2003.
  65. ^ Cited in Skjeseth, page 233.
  66. ^ Bendik Wold (editor of Bokmagasinet): "Krafttak for kritikken", Klassekampen 23 September 2006.
  67. ^ "Midt i musikken", Klassekampen 14 January 2012
  68. ^ "Mer film i avisa", Klassekampen 8 February 2012.
  69. ^ "Siste Pauli ord er sagt etter 13 år i avisa", Klassekampen 28 January 2017.
  70. ^ "Kjerringa mot strømmen", Klassekampen 18 January 2012; "Blir Klassekampen journalist i Tromsø", Klassekampen 25 January 2017; "Åpner kontor i Bergen", Klassekampen 5 October 2017.
  71. ^ Skjeseth, pages 267–268.
  72. ^ Skjeseth, pages 263–264.
  73. ^ Tone Zander cited by Skjeseth, page 263–264.
  74. ^ "Bakke blir eier i Klassekampen", Klassekampen 22 December 2011.
  75. ^ "Enda et LO-forbund blir Klassekamp-eier. Fellesforbundet kjøper 5 prosent av avisa", Medier 24 15. December 2015
  76. ^ Skjeseth, page 265.
  77. ^ "Braanen går fra borde", Klassekampen 9 June 2018.
  78. ^ "Mari Skurdal er ny redaktør i Klassekampen: – Føltes som om det var min tur", Medier 24 16 August 2018
  79. ^ "Bjørgulv Braanen blir politisk redaktør", Journalisten 1. September 2018.
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  81. ^ a b "Klassekampens digitale satsing får DOGA-merket!".
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  85. ^ Editor Mari Skurdal: "Putins invasjon" (Putin's invasion), Klassekampen 25th February 2022. "i dag står vi sammen med the ukrainske folk i fordømmelsen av Russland militære invasjon." (Today we stand with the Ukrainian people in condemning Russia's military invasion.)
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  92. ^ "(+) Klassekampen har fått nye nettsider. Her er redaktørens løfte til leserne". 15 May 2020.
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  99. ^ The lists of contributors are based on listings in the paper in April 2022.
  100. ^ Alf Skjeseth: Sykle på vatnet. Historia om Klassekampen (Oslo 2010), page 8. The paper Vårt Land was established in 1945, Finansavisen in 1992. There were also a couple of failing attempts.
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  102. ^ Skjeseth, pages 45–47.
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