The Lëtzebuerger Journal (Luxembourgish pronunciation: [ˈlətsəbuəjɐ ˈʒuʁnɑl], lit.'Luxembourgish Newspaper') is an online magazine in Luxembourg. It was formerly a daily newspaper published six times a week until 1 January 2021. The online magazine is currently managed by Daniel Nepgen (managing director), Lynn Warken (content director) and Melody Hansen (editor-in-chief).[1]

Lëtzebuerger Journal
TypeDigital magazine
Owner(s)Editions Lëtzeburger Journal S.A.
PublisherEditions Letzeburger Journal
Editor-in-chiefMelody Hansen
General manager
  • Daniel Nepgen (Managing director)
  • Lynn Warken (Content director)
Staff writersChristian Block, Camille Frati, Lex Kleren, Misch Pautsch, Sarah Raparoli, Audrey Somnard, Pascal Steinwachs
Founded5 April 1948
LanguageGerman, French, English
HeadquartersLuxembourg City

History and profile


Lëtzebuerger Journal was first published on 5 April 1948,[2] replacing the Obermosel-Zeitung and l'Unio'n, which ceased publication the same year.[3] Both of those newspapers were attempts to create a mass-circulation liberal newspaper, like the Luxemburger Zeitung of the pre-war era, which had a long tradition, but had been discredited politically.[3] Although the paper was published in German it also had sections published in French.[2]

Henri Koch-Kent was editor 1959–1963.[4] Since around 1980, Rob Roemen edited for some 30 years, including 25 years as editor-in-chief[5] till July 2005.[6]

In 2004 the newspaper had a circulation of 5,150 copies, making it the fifth most widely circulated of the country's (then) six daily newspapers.[7] However, due to its close ties to the Democratic Party, Luxembourg's third largest party and a regular coalition partner in government, the Journal's significance was much greater than this circulation would suggest.[3]

The newspaper received €540,421 in annual state press subsidy in 2009.[8]

The newspaper became independent from the Democratic Party (DP) in 2012 through a cooperation with Éditpress and was no longer a party newspaper, but had an independent editorial board.[9] It ceased its print publication on 31 December 2020 and became an Online magazine on 1 January 2021 with a focus on Slow journalism and all of its written articles published in German, French and English.


  1. ^ "Lego, Audio, Video, Disco*: Ein Gespräch mit den "Journal"-Chefinnen Melody Hansen und Lynn Warken". (in German). 2021-04-14. Retrieved 2021-06-12.
  2. ^ a b "Media" (PDF). Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Hilgert, Romain (December 2004). "Les journaux au Luxembourg" (PDF). Service Information et Presse. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 December 2009. Retrieved 15 April 2008.
  4. ^ "Henri Koch-Kent - Luxemburger Autorenlexikon". Luxemburger Autorenlexikon (in German). 2 May 1906. Retrieved 2023-02-21.
  5. ^ "Trauer um Rob Roemen". Luxemburger Wort (in German). 2012-12-25. Retrieved 2023-02-22.
  6. ^ Roemen, Rob. "Als die Regierung ihre Kritiker einsperren ließ." In: forum, No. 251, November 2005, p. 29. [1]. Rob Roemen war bis Juli 2005 Chefredakteur des Lëtzebuerger Journal.
  7. ^ "Media pluralism in the Member States of the European Union". European Commission. 17 January 2007. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
  8. ^ "Ministère d'État" (PDF). Service Information et Press. Retrieved 20 November 2010.
  9. ^ Schengen, Daisy (September 2012). "Nummer 1 des neuen "Journal" gedruckt". Tageblatt. Retrieved 27 January 2021.

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