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Die Zeit

Die Zeit
The 7 October 2006 front page of Die Zeit
Type Weekly newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Zeit-Verlag Gerd Bucerius GmbH & Co. KG
Editor Giovanni di Lorenzo
Founded 21 February 1946 (1946-02-21)
Political alignment centrist/Liberal
Headquarters Hamburg
Circulation 520,000 (Q1, 2013)
Website .de.zeitwww

Die Zeit (German pronunciation: , literally "The Time") is a German national weekly newspaper.[1][2]


  • History and profile 1
  • Circulation 2
  • Logo 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

History and profile

The first edition of Die Zeit was first published in Dieter von Holtzbrinck Media. The paper is published weekly on Thursdays.[5]

The paper is considered to be highbrow.[6] Its political direction is centrist and liberal,[4] but has oscillated a number of times between slightly left-leaning and slightly right-leaning. Die Zeit often publishes dossiers, essays, third-party articles and excerpts of lectures of different authors emphasising their points of view on a single aspect or topic in one or in consecutive issues. It is known for its very large physical paper format (Nordisch) and its long and detailed articles.


The 1993 circulation of Die Zeit was 500,000 copies.[7] With a circulation of 504,072 for the second half of 2012[8] and an estimated readership of slightly above 2 million, it is the most widely read German weekly newspaper. It reached 520,000 copies in the first quarter of 2013.[9]

The fact that the newspaper bears the coat of arms of Bremen in its title stems from an accident of history: when the paper was founded in the rather chaotic post-war occupied Germany, the city of Hamburg refused the use of its coat of arms in a private publication at the last moment; so instead the space reserved for it on the printing plate was filled with that of the nearby city of Bremen, as one of the founders was a friend of the mayor of Bremen.


  1. ^ "Marion Gräfin Dönhoff – Obituaries, News".  
  2. ^ "The yin and yang of human rights in China". The Japan Times Online. 5 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Catherine C. Fraser; Dierk O. Hoffmann (1 January 2006). Pop Culture Germany!: Media, Arts, and Lifestyle. ABC-CLIO. p. 200.  
  4. ^ a b Sigurd Hess (2009). "German Intelligence Organizations and the Media". Journal of Intelligence History 9 (1-2). Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  5. ^ Milton Hollstein (March 1982). "Springer-Germany's Most Remorselessly Criticized Publishing Giant" (PDF). Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly 59 (1). Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Divided on unification". The Economist. 4 October 2010. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  7. ^ Peter Humphreys (1996). Mass Media and Media Policy in Western Europe. Manchester University Press. p. 82. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "The Die Zeit Universe" (PDF). ZEITmagazin. 1 January 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  9. ^ Eric Pfanner (29 April 2013). "As One German Weekly Falters, Another Celebrates Big Gains". The New York Times (Serraval). Retrieved 1 November 2014. 

External links

  • Official website (German)
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