On November 16, 2019, 75 years had passed since Expressen’s very first issue. The newspaper was founded by Albert Bonnier Jr. and Carl-Adam Nycop to fight “national socialism and related theories of violence.” From the outset, liberalism, tolerance and solidarity were important values.
The classic evening paper has always had a mission to “awaken, alarm and annoy.” Over the years, Expressen has been an agenda-setting “education for the people,” with campaign journalism and award-winning revelations, as well as the occasional controversy. Today, Expressen and Expressen TV have three million readers and viewers every day.
One contributor to the success is Thomas Mattsson. In 2019, he left Expressen after 10 years as editor-in-chief. He was succeeded by Klas Granström, who will continue to lead the newspaper’s editorial work.
Based on reader pressure to review travel journalism, the idea grew that Dagens Nyheter would organize train charters. The concept was realized, the trips quickly booked up, and in August 2019 the first train departed. Some 350 passengers traveled to Venice and back by train, with stops in Berlin, the Dolomites, Verona and Vienna. More DN train journeys are scheduled to take place in 2020.
The DN train is a clear example of how the climate issue is becoming increasingly important in journalism, and thus also for Bonnier News. DN has invested in climate monitoring through reviews and high-profiled articles. Expressen has started Sweden’s first climate editorial office. Under the name “Hållbart näringsliv” (sustainable industry), Dagens industri conducts journalism, events and conferences. At the magazine Aktuell Hållbarhet (current sustainability), employees have long focused on reporting on the environment and climate.