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World’s Oldest Newspaper Now Online Only

The world’s oldest newspaper still in circulation has dropped its paper edition, and exists now only in cyberspace.

Sweden’s “Post och Inrikes Tidningar” was founded in 1645 by Queen Kristina to keep her subjects informed of the affairs of state. The first editions, which were more like pamphlets, were carried by courier and posted on notice boards in cities and towns throughout the kingdom.

Today the newspaper carries around 1500 official legal announcements a day by corporations, courts, and some government agencies. The paper edition had a circulation of only around 1000, but the web-based version is expected to attract more readers.

The Paris-based World Association of Newspapers says an online newspaper is still a newspaper, so the Swedish publication officially remains the world’s oldest.

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