Omslaget på tidningen Charlie Hebdos nya nummer, Charlie Hebdo och tidningen Liberations redaktioner. Foto: TT/AP och Charlie Hebdo.
The Charlie Hebdo cover and journalists from Charlie Hebdo and Libération. Photo: TT/AP/Charlie Hebdo.

Charlie Hebdo to go on sale in Sweden

The French satirical magazine will be available to buy in Sweden for the first time this week, as surviving members of the editorial team publish the first edition since terrorists attacked their Paris offices.

The new edition of Charlie Hebdo will be translated into four languages and will be sold in 25 countries, including Sweden. Charlie Hebdo will print 3 million copies of the special issue, which will go on sale Wednesday. The following day a digital edition will be made available.

In Sweden, the Pressbyrån chain will sell the print edition online, though it will not be available for purchase in stores. However, it is still not clear how many copies will be made available to the Swedish distributor, tabloid Aftonbladet reported.

"We first and foremost want the print edition and preferably the English version. Many questions remain unanswered for now, but we hope to find out soon how big the edition will be and when we will receive the copies," Fredrik Klein of Reitan Convenience, the company that operates Pressbyrån in Sweden, told Aftonbladet.

The front cover was released Monday. It features Prophet Muhammad shedding a single tear and holding a sign with the words Je Suis Charlie - the slogan adopted by people around the world who demonstrated against terrorism over the weekend. Above the image of Muhammad are the words "All is forgiven".

"The whole world is waiting for this magazine. It is our duty to publish it," editor-in-chief Gérard Biard said in a video clip published by French newspaper Libération.

Meanwhile, Stockholm cartoon library Serieteket has said that it will order a number of Charlie Hebdo anthologies and collections. The decision comes after a number of visitors have requested to borrow Charlie Hebdo magazines, Serieteket's artistic director Ola Hellsten said.

"We're mainly ordering them so that people can see the whole picture and make their own minds up about the magazine. From what I've seen, neither its defenders nor its critics have actually read much of it," Hellsten said, adding that he himself is keen to read more Charlie Hebdo magazines.

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