Verdens Gang
Front page from 8 October 2006. Featured in the cover story is Austrian kidnap victim Natascha Kampusch.
TypeDaily newspaper
+ online edition
EditorGard Steiro
Founded1945; 79 years ago (1945)
Political alignmentNone
HeadquartersAkersgata 55, Oslo, Norway

Verdens Gang ("The course of the world"), generally known under the abbreviation VG, is a Norwegian tabloid newspaper. In 2016, circulation numbers stood at 93,883, declining from a peak circulation of 390,510 in 2002. Nevertheless, VG is the most-read online newspaper in Norway, with about 2 million daily readers.[1]

Verdens Gang AS is a private company wholly owned by the public company Schibsted ASA.[2]

History and profile

VG was established by members of the Norwegian resistance movement shortly after the country was liberated from German occupation in 1945.[3] The first issue of the paper was published on 23 June 1945.[4] Christian A. R. Christensen was the first editor-in-chief of VG from its start in 1945 to 1967, when he died.[5]

VG is based in Oslo.[6] The paper is published in tabloid format.[7] The owner is the media conglomerate Schibsted,[5] which also owns Norway's largest newspaper, Aftenposten,[8] as well as newspapers in Sweden, Estonia, and shares in some of Norway's larger regional newspapers. Schibsted took over the paper following the death of Christensen in 1967.[5] Just before the change in ownership VG was mostly sold in the Oslo area and had a circulation of 34,000 copies.[9]

The editor-in-chief is Gard Steiro.[10] VG is not affiliated with any political party.

For many years, VG was the largest newspaper in Norway by circulation, which reached a peak of 390,000 in 2002. As its readers moved from traditional newspapers to internet newspapers, the circulation has collapsed to 94,000 in 2016. VG is now the second - largest print newspaper in Norway. It was overtaken by Aftenposten in 2010. The online newspaper is, however, by far the most visited in Norway, with 2 million daily readers.[11]

VG Nett

VG Nett is VG's news site online. It was started in 1995.[12] VG Nett made a net operating profit of 40 percent in 2006, making it an unusually successful online media operation.[13] According to figures from TNG Gallup, it had approximately 2 million daily readers in 2016.[14]

VG's web pages also include a discussion forum, VG Debatt.[15]


Numbers from the Norwegian Media Businesses' Association, Mediebedriftenes Landsforening.

Circulation of the printed newspaper VG 1980–2017

The daily number of readers of the internet newspaper 1996–2016[1]


Broadcast areaNorway
Language(s)Norwegian Bokmål
Picture formatHDTV
FoundedNovember 2014

VGTV, sometimes unofficially called VG TV, is the name of two different video services run by VG: One on their websites, and one on basic cable TV. The two of them have some differences, but contain similarities to one another.

The web service contains free of charge news reports and clips; documentaries and comedy shows through the VG+ subscription; and sports matches through the additional VG+ Sport tier.

The TV channel focuses mostly on documentaries at no extra cost, interspersed with short news and weather reports. The channel is available from Norwegian cable TV and satellite providers, but not from RiksTV.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Lesertall for norske nettaviser". medienorge. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  2. ^ Stig A. Nohrstedt; et al. (2000). "From the Persian Gulf to Kosovo — War Journalism and Propaganda" (PDF). European Journal of Communication. 15 (3). Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  3. ^ Epp Lauk; Svennik Hoyer (Fall 2008). "Recreating journalism after censorship. Generational shifts and professional ambiguities among journalists after changes in the political systems" (PDF). Central European Journal of Communication. 1 (1). Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Verdens Gang". NorgesLexi (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 21 June 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2008.
  5. ^ a b c Olav Anders Øvrebø (2008). "Journalism After the Monopoly on Publishing has been Broken" (Book chapter). Bergen Open Research Archive. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Media in Norway" (Guideline). 31 August 1996. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  7. ^ Adam Smith (15 November 2002). "Europe's Top Papers". campaign. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  8. ^ Craig Carroll (1 September 2010). Corporate Reputation and the News Media: Agenda-setting Within Business News Coverage in Developed, Emerging, and Frontier Markets. Routledge. p. 155. ISBN 978-1-135-25244-1. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  9. ^ Sigurd Høst (1999). "Newspaper Growth in the Television Era. The Norwegian Experience" (PDF). Nordicom Review. 1 (1). Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Torry Pedersen går av som ansvarlig redaktør i VG". VG (in Norwegian). 4 January 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  11. ^ MedieNorge statistics,
  12. ^ "Online Journalism Atlas: Norway". Online Journalism. 25 January 2008. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  13. ^ Pfanner, Eric. (18 February 2007) "Norwegian newspaper publisher finds the secret to profiting online". International Herald Tribune. Archived 20 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 1 February 2009.
  14. ^ MedieNorge statistics,
  15. ^ "Forsiden - VG Nett Debatt". Retrieved 19 March 2018.

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