While newspapers are slowly dying in readership numbers due to more and more people consuming their news online, there are still a few die-hard newspapers still going, that have been going for a lot longer than you might imagine. Sure, some of these are now online only rather than print, but they are still going in some way…
Ten of the Worlds Oldest Newspapers That Are Still in Circulation
10 – The Northampton Mercury From UK (First Published: 1720)
Wiki Info: The Northampton Mercury was an English newspaper founded in 1720. Published in Northampton, it was sold throughout the Midlands, as far west as Worcester and as far east as Cambridge. When it ceased publication in 2015, it was the oldest continuously published newspaper in the U.K.
9 – The Stamford Mercury From UK (First Published: 1712)
Wiki Info: The Stamford Mercury (also the Lincoln, Rutland and Stamford Mercury, the Rutland and Stamford Mercury, and the Rutland Mercury) based in Stamford, claims to be “Britain’s oldest continuously published newspaper title”. The Mercury has been published since 1712 but its masthead formerly claimed it was established in 1695 and that it was “Britain’s Oldest Newspaper”.
8 – The Newcastle Journal From UK (First Published: 1711)
Wiki Info: Facing down mockery from the existing Newcastle Courant, the first issue of the Newcastle Journal appeared on 7 April 1739. By the summer the editors claimed they were selling “nearly 2000 of these Papers weekly”. They also claimed a wide regional circulation, with agents in towns as far afield as Berwick and Newhaven, Derbyshire.
7 – Worcester Journal From UK (First Published: 1709)
Wiki Info:Berrow’s Worcester Journal is a weekly freesheet tabloid newspaper, owned by Newsquest, and delivered to homes across central and southern Worcestershire, including the towns of Bromyard, Droitwich, Pershore and Upton-upon-Severn as well as the city of Worcester.
6 – Hildesheimer Allgemeine Zeitung From Germany (First Published: 1705)
Wiki Info:Hildesheimer Allgemeine Zeitung is a German newspaper published in Hildesheim, Germany. It was established as Hildesheimer Relations-Courier, first published on 24 June 1705.
5 – Wiener Zeitung From Austria (First Published: 1703)
Wiki Info:Wiener Zeitung is an Austrian newspaper. It is one of the most famous newspapers in Europe and the oldest, still published newspaper in the world. It is the official publication used by the Government of the Republic of Austria for its formal announcements.
4 – The London Gazette From UK (First Published: 1665)
Wiki Info:In turn, The London Gazette carries not only notices of UK-wide interest, but also those relating specifically to entities or people in England and Wales. However, certain notices that are only of specific interest to Scotland or Northern Ireland are also required to be published in The London Gazette.
3 – La Gazzetta di Mantova From Italy (First Published: 1664)
Wiki Info:Gazzetta di Mantova was established in 1664 making it one of World’s oldest newspapers still existing. The paper has its headquarters in Mantua. The owner of the paper is Gruppo Editoriale L’Espresso. The paper has an independent political stance.
2 – Haarlems Dagblad From Netherlands (First Published: 1656)
Wiki Info:The Haarlems Dagblad is a regional newspaper in Haarlem, the Netherlands. It makes claim to being the newspaper with the oldest publishing history in the world, even if this claim is based on its (forced) merger with another title.
1 – Post och Inrikes Tidningar From Sweden (First Published: 1645)
Wiki Info:The newspaper was founded as the Ordinari Post Tijdender (meaning “Regular Mail Times” in English) in 1645 by Queen Christina and Chancellor Axel Oxenstierna. The paper was published weekly during early years.