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Danish Newspapers Posted by on Feb 25, 2018 in Uncategorized

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At læse aviser er en god måde at lære sprog. (Reading newspapers is a good way to learn languages.) Hvadenten du er til korte eller lange artikler, finder du helt sikkert den rigtige udfordring. (Whether you’re into short or long articles, you’ll surely find the right challenge.) 🙂

You can very easily find danske aviser (Danish newspapers) by searching online. Sometimes, though, you might prefer papiraviser (”paper newspapers”) instead of netaviser (online newspapers)… It might for example be a little bit difficult to fold your computer into an avisbåd (newspaper boat)!

If you’re in Denmark, you can generally buy aviser in kiosker (kiosks) and supermarkeder. Go check if you understand overskrifterne (the headlines)! 🙂 The easiest headlines for language learners usually are in tabloidaviserne (the tabloids), which also have a lot of fotos to help you understand the context. If that’s not your thing, buy a more ”serious” newspaper and jump straight to tegneserierne (the comics) or the sudoku when it gets too difficult! 🙂

Danske aviser are either lokal [lohKAL] or landsdækkende (countrywide). Also, they very often are linked to a specific kind of politik (politics) – some are a bit more right-wing or ”liberal” and some are a bit more left-wing or ”socialist” (it’s hard to translate directly as the parties in Denmark don’t match those in the US, for example). The differences are not that huge, though, and I doubt it will bother you when you try to spell your way through simple articles! 🙂 Here are some of the most common newspapers to check out:

Ekstrabladet is an easy-to-read tabloid

BT is another popular tabloid

Politiken is one of the biggest newspapers (maybe a little bit to the ”left”)

Berlingske is another ”biggie” (a bit more to the ”right”)

Jyllands-Posten got famous because of the Muhammad Cartoon Crisis (but it’s a fairly normal Danish newspaper, maybe little bit to the   ”right”)

Information is a bit different in style (and maybe a bit to the ”left”)

Weekendavisen is a really long newspaper with looong articles – and a kids section which might be a bit easier! 🙂

metroxpress is a gratisavis (free newspaper) with easy stuff to read – and a lot of reklamer (ads)

Some of the things you find in Danish newspapers are nyheder (news), læserbreve (letters from readers) and anmeldelser af film og bøger (reviews of films and books). If you get really hooked on an avis, you might consider to abonnere på den (subscribe to it).

BTW, if you haven’t already checked out this ”easy Danish” online newspaper, do it now: https://www.dr.dk/ligetil

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About the Author: Bjørn A. Bojesen

I was born in Denmark, but spent large parts of my childhood and study years in Norway. I later returned to Denmark, where I finished my MA in Scandinavian Studies. Having relatives in Sweden as well, I feel very Scandinavian! I enjoy reading and travelling, and sharing stories with you! You’re always welcome to share your thoughts with me and the other readers.