Die Welt
The 1 September 2020 front page of Die Welt
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Axel Springer SE
PublisherStefan Aust
Editor-in-chiefJennifer Wilton [de]
EditorDagmar Rosenfeld
Founded2 April 1946
Political alignmentConservatism[1][2][3][4]
Liberal conservatism[5]
Centre-right[6] / Right-wing[4]
HeadquartersBerlin, Germany
Websitewww.welt.de Edit this at Wikidata
Previous logo (2010 – 29 November 2015)

Die Welt ("The World") is a German national daily newspaper, published as a broadsheet by Axel Springer SE. Die Welt is the flagship newspaper of the Axel Springer publishing group, and considered a newspaper of record in Germany. Its leading competitors are the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the Süddeutsche Zeitung and the Frankfurter Rundschau. The modern paper takes a self-described "liberal cosmopolitan" position in editing, but it is generally considered to be conservative.[1][2][3]

As of 2014, the average circulation of Die Welt is about 180,000.[7] The paper can be obtained in more than 130 countries. Daily regional editions appear in Berlin and Hamburg. A daily regional supplement also appears in Bremen. The main editorial office is in Berlin, in conjunction with the Berliner Morgenpost.[citation needed]

Die Welt was a founding member of the European Dailies Alliance, and has a longstanding co-operation with comparable daily newspapers from other countries, including The Daily Telegraph (UK), Le Figaro (France), and ABC (Spain).[8]

From 2004 to 2019, the newspaper also published a compact edition entitled Welt Kompakt, a 32-page cut-down version of the main broadsheet targeted to a younger public. The paper does not appear on Sundays, but the linked publication Welt am Sonntag takes its place.[citation needed]


Die Welt was founded in Hamburg in 1946[9] by the British occupying forces, aiming to provide a "quality newspaper" modelled on The Times. It originally carried news and British-viewpoint editorial content, but from 1947 it adopted a policy of providing two leading articles on major questions, one British and one German. The newspaper was bought by Axel Springer in 1953.

The 1993 circulation of the paper was 209,677 copies.[10] At its peak in the occupation period, it had a circulation of around a million.[11]

In 2002 the paper experimented with a Bavarian edition.

In November 2010, a redesign for the newspaper was launched, featuring a new logo with a dark blue globe, a reduced number of columns from seven to six, and typography based on the Freight typeface designed by Joshua Darden. Welt Kompakt was also redesigned to use that typeface.[12][13] In 2009, the Sunday edition Welt am Sonntag was recognized as one of the "World's Best-Designed Newspapers" by the Society for News Design, along with four other newspapers.[14]

On 2 May 2014, the Swiss German business magazine BILANZ began to be published as a monthly supplement of Die Welt.[15][16]

On 18 January 2018 the German TV channel N24 changed its name to Welt.[17]


The paper was banned in Egypt in February 2008 due to the publication of cartoons depicting the Islamic prophet Muhammad.[18][19]


Since 1999, the Die Welt book supplement Die Literarische Welt ("The Literary World") has presented an annual 10,000 literature prize available to international authors.[20] The award is in honor of Willy Haas who founded Die Literarische Welt in 1925.



The Weltballon over Berlin


Die Welt has repeatedly been criticized for publishing climate-sceptic articles. A study published in 2017, which examined the publications of various newspapers over a period of one year from June 2012 to May 2013, found that 43% articles included in the sample were climate-sceptical, the highest value of all German newspapers.[40]

During the COVID-19-pandemic, the newspaper was criticized by the Amadeu Antonio Foundation for adopting right-wing populist talking points and misinformation about COVID-19.[41]

Liz Fekete criticized the newspaper in 2024 for uncritically adopting Israel's talking points on the Middle East conflict, to the disadvantage of Palestinians, and spreading false information about the prevalence of antisemitism among immigrants.[42]

See also


  1. ^ a b "The World from Berlin". Der Spiegel, 28 December 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Divided on unification". The Economist, 4 October 2010.
  3. ^ a b Heimy Taylor, Werner Haas, ed. (2007). German: A Self-Teaching Guide. John Wiley & Sons. p. 243. ISBN 9780470165515. ... They represent different political opinions—for instance, the Süddeutsche Zeitung (liberal), the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (conservative-liberal), or Die Welt (conservative). Add to that (literally: to that, come) political ...
  4. ^ a b Banu Baybars-Hawks, ed. (2014). Framing Violence: Conflicting Images, Identities, and Discourses. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. p. 104. ISBN 9781443844970. The conservative right-wing newspaper, Die Welt, covers Turkey with eight articles in this period again with a focus on EU-Turkey relations.
  5. ^ Keith Gilbert; Otto J. Schantz; Otto Schantz, eds. (2008). The Paralympic Games: Empowerment Or Side Show?. Meyer & Meyer Verlag. p. 41. ISBN 9781841262659. Le Figaro as well as the German Die Welt have a liberal conservative tradition and represent right-of- center goals.
  6. ^ Ross Beveridge, ed. (2011). A Politics of Inevitability: The Privatisation of the Berlin Water Company, the Global City Discourse and Governance in 1990s Berlin. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 143. ISBN 9783531940564. Fitch's search of the left-wing newspaper Die Tageszeitung as well as the centre-right Die Welt revealed no articles ...
  7. ^ "Informationsgemeinschaft zur Feststellung der Verbreitung von Werbeträgern e.V." Archived from the original on 11 November 2017. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  8. ^ "Quatre quotidiens conservateurs scellent une alliance européenne" [Four conservative dailies seal a European alliance]. Le Monde (in French). 10 May 2001. Archived from the original on 24 March 2024. Retrieved 24 March 2024.
  9. ^ "European News Resources". NYU Libraries. Archived from the original on 28 January 2015. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  10. ^ Peter Humphreys (1996). Mass Media and Media Policy in Western Europe. Manchester University Press. p. 82. ISBN 9780719031977. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  11. ^ Patricia Meehan, A Strange Enemy People: Germans Under the British 1945–50. London: Peter Owen, 2001, pp. 176–9. ISBN 0-7206-1115-6.
  12. ^ "WELT-Redesign: größere Schrift, weniger Bilder". Fontblog. 22 November 2010.
  13. ^ "Joshua Darden". MyFonts.
  14. ^ Five papers named world's best designed Archived 14 April 2010 at the Wayback Machine SND, 2009.
  15. ^ Markus Knöpfli (2 May 2014). "Die Bilanz geht in die Welt". Medien Woche (in German). Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  16. ^ "BILANZ – The German Business Magazine". INMA.org. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  17. ^ Renner, Kai-Hinrich (17 January 2018). "N24 wird Welt – Springer sendet News unter neuem Namen". Berliner Morgenpost (in German). Retrieved 19 February 2022.
  18. ^ "Der Spiegel issue on Islam banned in Egypt". France24. 2 April 2008. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  19. ^ "Leading German Magazine Banned in Egypt". The Arab Press Network. 3 April 2008. Archived from the original on 10 September 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  20. ^ a b Benjamin Weinthal (11 November 2012). "German paper awards J'lem author literary prize". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  21. ^ "WELT-Literaturpreis an Imre Kertész in Berlin verliehen". Buch Markt (in German). 10 November 2000. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  22. ^ "WELT-Literaturpreis 2001 an Pat Barker". Buch Markt (in German). 23 October 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  23. ^ "Leon de Winter erhält WELT-Literaturpreis". Buch Markt (in German). 8 November 2002. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  24. ^ "Jeffrey Eugenides erhält WELT-Literaturpreis". Buch Markt (in German). 14 October 2003. Archived from the original on 8 May 2016. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  25. ^ "WELT-Literaturpreis an Amos Oz verliehen". Berliner Morgenpost (in German). 13 November 2004. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  26. ^ "Yasmina Reza erhält WELT-Literaturpreis 2005 für ihr Lebenswerk". Buch Markt (in German). 7 October 2005. Archived from the original on 2 October 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  27. ^ "Rüdiger Safranski erhält WELT-Literaturpreis 2006". Buch Markt (in German). 29 September 2006. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  28. ^ "Welt-Literaturpreis für Daniel Kehlmann". Berliner Morgenpost (in German). 6 October 2007. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  29. ^ "WELT-Literaturpreis 2008 für Hans Keilson". Berliner Morgenpost (in German). 17 October 2008. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  30. ^ "Philip Roth erhält WELT-Literaturpreis 2009". Berliner Morgenpost (in German). 1 October 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  31. ^ "Auszeichnung: Claude Lanzmann erhält den "Welt"-Literaturpreis". Berliner Morgenpost (in German). 2 October 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  32. ^ Von Dominique Horwitz (4 November 2012). "Albert Ostermaier beherrscht Kunst der Literatur". Berliner Morgenpost (in German). Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  33. ^ Richard Kämmerlings (4 October 2013). "Jonathan Franzen erhält den "Welt"-Literaturpreis". Die Welt (in German). Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  34. ^ Richard Kämmerlings (3 October 2014). "Haruki Murakami erhält "Welt"-Literaturpreis 2014". Die Welt (in German). Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  35. ^ ""Welt"-Literaturpreis 2015 an Karl Ove Knausgård". Die Welt (in German). 18 September 2015. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  36. ^ ""Welt"-Literaturpreis 2016 für Zadie Smith". Die Welt (in German). 7 October 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  37. ^ "Virginie Despentes erhält den WELT-Literaturpreis". Die Welt (in German). 5 October 2018. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  38. ^ "Salman Rushdie erhält den WELT-Literaturpreis 2019". Die Welt (in German). 11 October 2019. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  39. ^ Thomas Schmid wird Herausgeber der WELT-Gruppe/ BERLINER MORGENPOST Archived 18 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine: Axel Springer SE press release
  40. ^ Schmid-Petri, Hannah (4 July 2017). "Do Conservative Media Provide a Forum for Skeptical Voices? The Link Between Ideology and the Coverage of Climate Change in British, German, and Swiss Newspapers". Environmental Communication. 11 (4): 554–567. doi:10.1080/17524032.2017.1280518. ISSN 1752-4032.
  41. ^ Bals, Gereon (30 June 2021). Von „Scheinkatastrophen“, „Klimadiktatur“ und „Seuchensozialismus“ – rechte Erzählungen zur Corona- und Klimakrise (9 ed.). DE: Amadeu Antonio Stiftung. doi:10.19222/202102/06.
  42. ^ Fekete, Liz (24 May 2024). "Anti-Palestinian racism and the criminalisation of international solidarity in Europe". Race & Class. doi:10.1177/03063968241253708. ISSN 0306-3968.

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