Helsingborgs Dagblad

Helsingborgs Dagblad (HD, lit. "Helsingborg's Daily Paper"), published in Helsingborg in Skåne is the largest (circ. 84.000) newspaper in Swedish outside the metropolitan districts of Malmö, Göteborg and Stockholm.

History and profile

The newspaper was founded with the name of Helsingborgs Tidning in 1867. It began to use its current name, Helsingborgs Dagblad, in 1884.[1] During its initial period it was a moderate publication.[1] The paper has its headquarters in Helsingborg.[1]

In January 2001, the newspaper merged with Nordvästra Skånes Tidningar[2] and is today published in three different local editions with separate names. In 2006, the paper changed its format from traditional broadsheet to tabloid following a general trend among daily newspapers.

In 2000 Helsingborgs Dagblad was, as the first Swedish newspaper ever, named The World’s Best-Designed Newspaper by the international organization Society of News Design. In 2012 it was named as Sweden's best newspaper.

On 23 April 2014, Sydsvenskan acknowledged that they wanted to buy HD. A strong reason was reported to be that both newspapers had seen their ad revenue decrease heavily.[3] They reached a deal in the end of May and the Swedish Competition Authority approved it around two weeks after.[4] While Sydsvenskan has a soft paywall, it is not yet decided if HD will also have one.[5]


  1. Karl Erik Gustafsson; Per Rydén (2010). A History of the Press in Sweden (PDF). Gothenburg: Nordicom. ISBN 978-91-86523-08-4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 February 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  2. Lars W. Nord (2013). "Newspaper competition and content diversity: a comparison of regional media markets in Sweden". Papeles de Europa. 26 (1). Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  3. "Sydsvenskan köper HD". Medievärlden (in Swedish). 23 April 2014.
  4. "Konkurrensverket godkänner tidningsaffär". Sveriges Radio (in Swedish). 9 July 2014.
  5. "Därför chockhöjer Sydsvenskan priset". Resumé (in Swedish). 18 August 2014. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015.
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