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Saturday, January 27, 2007
World's oldest newspaper ends print version for Internet format
In what is just the latest nail in the coffin of traditional dead tree media, the oldest news publication in the world is now ONLY available on line.
Founded in 1645 by Queen Christina, the Post och Inrikes Tidningar (PoIT) -- or Post and Domestic Newspapers -- was a staple for readers in Sweden throughout the late 17th and 18th century.

But its readership dwindled as rival newspapers appeared, confining PoIT primarily to the publication of announcements from publicly listed companies, and financial and legal institutions by the 1900s.

While the paper has not covered news stories for more than 100 years, the World Association of Newspapers recognises PoIT as the world's oldest still in publication.
Since this "newspaper" has become a posting of legal proceedings and financial transactions, this makes sense. But who knew the oldest newspaper was Swedish? I would have guessed Germany first.
posted by Broadsheet @ 8:35 AM  
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