de Volkskrant

de Volkskrant
De Volkskrant front page 2010-03-29.png
Front page of de Volkskrant on 29 March 2010
Type Daily newspaper
Format Compact
Owner(s) DPG Media
Editor-in-chief Pieter Klok
Founded 2 October 1919 (1919-10-02)
Political alignment Centre-left[1]
Language Dutch
Ceased publication 4 October 1941 (1941-10-04)
Relaunched 8 May 1945 (1945-05-08)
Headquarters Jacob Bontiusplaats 9
City Amsterdam
Country Netherlands
OCLC number 781575477

de Volkskrant (Dutch pronunciation: [də ˈvɔl(ə)kskrɑnt]; The People's Paper) is a Dutch daily morning newspaper. Founded in 1919, it has a nationwide circulation of about 250,000.

Formerly a leading centre-left Catholic broadsheet, de Volkskrant today is a medium-sized centrist compact. Pieter Klok is the current editor-in-chief.

History and profile

Former headquarters in Amsterdam-Oost
Current headquarters in Amsterdam-Centrum

De Volkskrant was founded in 1919[2] and has been a daily morning newspaper since 1921. Originally de Volkskrant was a Roman Catholic newspaper[2] closely linked to the Catholic People's Party and the Catholic pillar. The paper temporarily ceased publication in 1941.[2]

On its re-founding in 1945, its office moved from Den Bosch to Amsterdam.[3] It became a left-wing newspaper in the 1960s, but began softening its stance in 1980.[3][4] On 23 August 2006 the Volkskrant published its 25,000th edition.

In 1968, the ownership of De Volkskrant and Het Parool merged into a new parent, De Perscombinatie. Het Parool gained control due to the larger investment in the parent. De Perscombinatie started joint printing. In 1975, Trouw joined. In 1994 De Perscombinatie acquired Uitgeverij Meulenhoff & Co and became PCM Uitgevers. In 1995 PCM acquired the larger Nederlandse Dagblad Unie, owners of the Algemeen Dagblad en NRC Handelsblad. In 1996 it acquired the Volkskrant. PCM was acquired in 2009 by De Persgroep from Belgium and in December 2009 renamed De Persgroup Nederland, now DPG Media Nederland.

In 2010, Pieter Broertjes completed his 20-year tenure as editor-in-chief.[5] In 2013 de Volkskrant was awarded the European Newspaper of the Year in the category of nationwide newspapers.[6]

In October 2006, Volkskrant announced it intended to start publishing a free version of its paper, targeting young people.[7] As PCM gave no permission this never happened.


In 2001 the circulation of De Volkskrant was 335,000 copies.[8] The daily circulation of the paper was 326,000 copies in 2002, dwindling to some 235,000 in 2011. The paper has since then heavily lost circulation.

Print circulation remains the third of the Netherlands, after De Telegraaf and Algemeen Dagblad.


The typeface Capitolium News by Gerard Unger (2006) has been the main type used in de Volkskrant since 2 December 2006.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Domevscek, Eveline (September 2006). "Politieke Kleur Bekennen" (PDF). Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ a b c Cordula Rooijendijk (2005). That City is Mine!: Urban Ideal Images in Public Debates and City Plans, Amsterdam & Rotterdam 1945-1995. Amsterdam University Press. p. 23. ISBN 978-90-5629-382-6. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b Martin Sommer (23 August 2006). "Zelfbewust op zoek". de Volkskrant (in Dutch).
  4. ^ Original citation: "Hoogtepunt en tevens laatste oprisping van het linkse levensgevoel was de beruchte Koninginnedagkrant van 1 mei 1980. [..] De rellen kwamen er en de Volkskrant solidariseerde zich met het oproer. [..] Zo bleef de Volkskrant de progressiviteit trouw, zij het langzamerhand steeds meer in homeopathische verdunning."
  5. ^ "Philippe Remarque stopt als hoofdredacteur van de Volkskrant". Het Parool (in Dutch). 18 April 2019.
  6. ^ "15th European Newspaper Award". Adnative. 15 November 2013. Archived from the original on 4 June 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant to launch free version for younger readers". International Herald Tribune. 29 March 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
  8. ^ Adam Smith (15 November 2002). "Europe's Top Papers". campaign. Retrieved 7 February 2015.

External links

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