Sme (stylized as SME) or Denník Sme (lit.'We are "Daily') is one of the widely-read mainstream broadsheets in Slovakia. Its website is one of the most-visited internet portals in Slovakia.[2]

TypeDaily newspaper
PublisherPetit Press
FoundedJanuary 1993
Political alignmentLeft liberalism[1]
HeadquartersBratislava, Slovakia
Circulation32,853 (January 2015)
Sister newspapersThe Slovak Spectator, Új Szó, Korzár and various regional My noviny newspapers

Ownership status


In June 2016, the Antimonopoly Office approved the transaction of the investment group Penta.[3] At the end of 2017, represented by the company News and Media Holding,[4] Penta decreased to 40% after the latter company sold a five percent share in the share capital to the majority owner Prvá slovenská investičná skupina.[5] The transaction of Penta financial group was announced on 22 April 2021.[6]



Founded in mid-January 1993, Sme is published six times a week by Petit Press.[7] The sister newspapers of SME include The Slovak Spectator, Új Szó, Korzár and various regional My noviny newspapers[8]

Its circulation was 76,590 copies in December 2006, 53,000 in 2011, 62,890 copies in September 2012,[9] and 32,853 in January 2015 [10]

In 2014, Namav, a subject subvenced by the Penta Investments group, announced the purchase of Petit Press, the publisher of the newspaper. In reaction, a major part of the editorial board, including the editor-in-chief, announced their resignation. Matúš Kostolný, the departing editor-in-chief, stated: "We are leaving SME and we will try to create a new medium that no one will suspect that it serves someone other than the readers".[11]

Six years after the hostile takeover, Penta Investments group left Petit Press in 2021.[12][13]


  1. ^ Sme, eurotopics, archived from the original on 25 April 2016, retrieved 25 April 2016
  2. ^ "Top Sites in Slovakia". Alexa Internet. Archived from the original on 25 November 2018.
  3. ^ Valček, Adam (17 June 2018). "Úrad Pente odsúhlasil vstup do vydavateľstva Petit Press". SME (in Slovak). Bratislava: Petit Press. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  4. ^ "News and Media Holding". Penta Investments (in Slovak). Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Denník Sme oslavuje 25 rokov". Hospodárske noviny (in Slovak). 15 January 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  6. ^ "MDIF purchases a 34% stake in leading Slovak publisher Petit Press". MDIF. 22 April 2021. Archived from the original on 20 September 2021.
  7. ^ Miroslav Kollar; Tomáš Czwitkowics. "Mapping digital media: Slovakia" (PDF). Open Society Foundation.
  8. ^ "Petit Press" (in Slovak). Petit Press. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Inzercia SME". Petit Press. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Sme, Trend a ďalší v januári klesli na historické minimum" (in Slovak).
  11. ^ "Penta se nedala odradit. Vstoupila do slovenského deníku Sme" (in Czech). Aktuálně.cz. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  12. ^ "MDIF purchases a 34% stake in leading Slovak publisher Petit Press – MDIF". Retrieved 13 October 2022.
  13. ^ "Penta financial group leaves Petit Press six years after hostile takeover". The Slovak Spectator. Bratislava: Petit Press. 22 April 2021. Retrieved 13 October 2022.