History and founding days

The origins of Sjøfarten – early history

1889 Sailor and proprietor of a sailor’s home Magnus Andersen leaves Brooklyn, New York, after many years working for Norwegian sailors in the United States. He arrives in Kristiania and has the idea to start Norges Sjøfartstidende, a publication for seamen. A publishing firm is established and plans for the newspaper are effectuated.

1890 The first issue of Norges Sjøfartstidende is published Wednesday, January 1. 1890. Circulation was important back then just as it is today, and Andersen promised already in the first issue that every sailor who took out a subscription and paid for one year would be reimbursed with 50 nkr if he was to be lost at sea.

1891 The future looks quite bright after the first year. The number printed has reached 4000 copies and the profit is 2300 nkr.

1893 Andersen leaves Norges Sjøfartstidene because life as a sailor is too alluring. Alas, when he returns ten months later, the newspaper is on the verge of failure both concerning the editorial and the economic aspect. It turned out to be easier said than done to get it back on an even keel.

1894 A year of contrary winds both politically and economically. Andersen believed he was managing the newspaper in a «free and modern way», but is frequently met by accusations of running a covert leftist newspaper. His opponents direct pernicious allegations toward him and his enterprise.

1884 After a while no one would advertise, and employees are let go. The crisis becomes acute this year. Wednesday December 5., the newspaper is sold to the highest bidder, a consortium with the royal gamekeeper Thomas Fearnley in the lead.

And so, Norges Sjøfartstidende was history for Magnus Andersen. For us, it has barely begun.

The enterprise after 1980 – Modern history

1980 Norges Handels- og Sjøfartstidende changes over to a tabloid format and starts to report on the whole of Norwegian industry, rather than focusing on shipping primarily.

1984 Kaare Valebrokk is appointed Editor-in-chief.

1987 The name ”Norges Handels- og Sjøfartstidende” is changed to ”Dagens Næringsliv”.

1989 The TDN news agency is launched.

1990 Dagens Næringsliv (DN) is 100 years old. The shipping newspaper TradeWinds is established.

1991 DN’s Saturday edition, DN-lørdag, is relaunched.

1993 TDN Power is launched.

1996 A weekly newspaper, Upstream, is launched. This is particularly aimed at the oil & gas and related industries.

1997 NHST established in Singapore.

1998 DN’s circulation exceeds 60,000 for the first time. DN launches Magasinet (the magazine). NHST buys the Fiskaren newspaper.

1999 Kaare Valebrokk resigns to become head of TV2 and Amund Djuve is appointed the Editor-in-chief of Dagens Næringsliv.

2000 Gunnar Bjørkavåg becomes the new Chief Executive Officer. DN.no and TradeWinds.no are launched.

2001 Dagens Næringsliv is re-designed. Fiskaren and IntraFish merges and NHST becomes a 60% owner. The online newspaper Upstreamonline.com is launched. TDN Power changes its name to Europower.

2002 Intrafish, a monthly newspaper, is launched.

2003 Europower starts to publish a monthly newspaper.

2004 Further strengthening of international network. Offices in Shanghai, New Delhi and Dubai established.

2005 NHST buys Smartcom, a web-TV company. Europower buys Energi Forlag and Energi, a monthly magazine. Upstream makes a profit for the first time. NHST buys Business, an IT newspaper, and relaunches it under the name of Dagens it .

2007 IntraFish acquires Heighway seafood titles from Informa (London) and becomes the world’s largest seafood and fishing news organization. The high-gloss magazine D2 launched with great response. Instream OY is acquired (Espoo).

2008 NHST acquires the majority in Newsdesk (Stockholm).

2009 NHST launches Recharge.

2011 NHST launches McCumin.

2012 NHST launches ddp direct.

2013 The companies Dagens Næringsliv and DN Nye Medier merge into one company.