Die Zeit

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Die Zeit
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The 7 October 2006 front page of Die Zeit
Type Weekly newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s)Zeit-Verlag Gerd Bucerius GmbH & Co. KG
Editor Giovanni di Lorenzo
Founded21 February 1946 (1946-02-21)
Political alignment Centrist
Liberal [1]
Left [2]
Headquarters Hamburg
Circulation 505.640 (Print, 2018)
47,000 (Digital, 2018)
Website www.zeit.de

Die Zeit (German pronunciation: [diː ˈtsaɪt] , literally "The Time") is a German national weekly newspaper published in Hamburg in north Germany. [3] [4]

A weekly newspaper is a general-news publication that is published once or twice a week.

Hamburg City in Germany

Hamburg is the second-largest city in Germany with a population of over 1.8 million.



The first edition of Die Zeit was first published in Hamburg on 21 February 1946. [5] [6] The founding publishers were Gerd Bucerius, Lovis H. Lorenz, Richard Tüngel and Ewald Schmidt di Simoni. Another important founder was Marion Gräfin Dönhoff, who joined as an editor in 1946. She became publisher of Die Zeit from 1972 until her death in 2002, together from 1983 onwards with former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt, later joined by Josef Joffe and former German federal secretary of culture Michael Naumann.

Gerd Bucerius German politician and journalist

Gerd Bucerius was a German politician and journalist, one of the founding members of Die Zeit. He is the namesake of the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg and of the Bucerius Kunst Forum, an art gallery.

Richard Tüngel was a German journalist, originally an architect and a longtime Director of Construction (Baudirektor) in Hamburg. Removed from this position by the Nazis in 1933, he went to Berlin, where he lived until 1945 as a translator and writer. For example, one still finds his name on current German-language editions of Igor Stravinsky's memoirs. Immediately after the war, he was one of the co-founders of Die Zeit, initially as fiction editor (Feuilletonchef) and a bit later as editor-in-chief.

Helmut Schmidt Chancellor of West Germany 1974-1982

Helmut Heinrich Waldemar Schmidt was a German politician and member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), who served as Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1974 to 1982.

The paper's publishing house, Zeitverlag Gerd Bucerius in Hamburg, is owned by the Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group and Dieter von Holtzbrinck Media. The paper is published weekly on Thursdays. [7]

Dieter von Holtzbrinck is one of the heirs to the Holtzbrinck publishing empire, founded by his father Georg von Holtzbrinck in 1948. In 2006, his wealth was estimated at around US$1 billion.

As of 2018, Die Zeit has additional offices in Brussels, Dresden, Frankfurt, Moscow, New York, Paris, Istanbul, Washington, D.C. and Vienna. In 2018, it re-opened an office in Beijing. [8]

Brussels Capital region of Belgium

Brussels, officially the Brussels-Capital Region, is a region of Belgium comprising 19 municipalities, including the City of Brussels, which is the capital of Belgium. The Brussels-Capital Region is located in the central portion of the country and is a part of both the French Community of Belgium and the Flemish Community, but is separate from the Flemish Region and the Walloon Region. Brussels is the most densely populated and the richest region in Belgium in terms of GDP per capita. It covers 161 km2 (62 sq mi), a relatively small area compared to the two other regions, and has a population of 1.2 million. The metropolitan area of Brussels counts over 2.1 million people, which makes it the largest in Belgium. It is also part of a large conurbation extending towards Ghent, Antwerp, Leuven and Walloon Brabant, home to over 5 million people.

Dresden Place in Saxony, Germany

Dresden is the capital city and, after Leipzig, the second-largest city of the Free State of Saxony in Germany. It is situated in a valley on the River Elbe, near the border with the Czech Republic.

Frankfurt Place in Hesse, Germany

Frankfurt is a metropolis and the largest city of the German federal state of Hesse, and its 746,878 (2017) inhabitants make it the fifth-largest city of Germany after Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, and Cologne. On the River Main, it forms a continuous conurbation with the neighbouring city of Offenbach am Main, and its urban area has a population of 2.3 million. The city is at the centre of the larger Rhine-Main Metropolitan Region, which has a population of 5.5 million and is Germany's second-largest metropolitan region after the Rhine-Ruhr Region. Since the enlargement of the European Union in 2013, the geographic centre of the EU is about 40 km (25 mi) to the east of Frankfurt's central business district. Like France and Franconia, the city is named after the Franks. Frankfurt is the largest city in the Rhine Franconian dialect area.


The paper is considered to be highbrow. [9] Its political direction is centrist and liberal, [6] or left-liberal, [2] but has oscillated a number of times between slightly left-leaning and slightly right-leaning.[ citation needed ]

Highbrow noun, or adjective, synonymous with intellectual, and, as an adjective, a term also synonymous with elite, or generally carrying a connotation of high culture.

Used colloquially as a noun or adjective, "highbrow" is synonymous with intellectual; as an adjective, it also means elite, and generally carries a connotation of high culture. The word draws its metonymy from the pseudoscience of phrenology, and was originally simply a physical descriptor.

Die Zeit often publishes dossiers, essays, third-party articles and excerpts of lectures of different authors emphasising their points of view on a single aspect or topic in one or in consecutive issues. It is known for its very large physical paper format (Nordisch) and its long and detailed articles.


The 1993 circulation of Die Zeit was 500,000 copies. [10] With a circulation of 504,072 for the second half of 2012 [11] and an estimated readership of slightly above 2 million, it is the most widely read German weekly newspaper. It reached 520,000 copies in the first quarter of 2013. [12]

The fact that the newspaper bears the coat of arms of Bremen in its title is an accident of history: when the paper was founded in the rather chaotic post-war occupied Germany, the city of Hamburg refused the use of its coat of arms in a private publication at the last moment; so instead the space reserved for it on the printing plate was filled with that of the nearby city of Bremen, as one of the founders was a friend of the mayor of Bremen.

Zeitmagazin International

Zeit has published Zeitmagazin International (sometimes also referred to as The Berlin State of Mind) twice a year since 2013. It contains articles from the weekly magazine which accompanies the newspaper, translated into English.

English-language online presence

A selection of stories are published in English at https://www.zeit.de/english/index

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