Press subsidy in Luxembourg

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A press subsidy (Luxembourgish : Staatlech Pressehëllef) is given by the government to newspapers in Luxembourg under the Law of 13 August 1998 on the Promotion of the Printed Press. They are awarded automatically to all general-interest newspapers appearing at least once a week that have full-time staffs of at least five journalists and of which advertisements constitute less than 50% of the newspaper. [1]

Luxembourg Grand duchy in western Europe

Luxembourg, officially the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, is a small landlocked country in western Europe. It is bordered by Belgium to the west and north, Germany to the east, and France to the south. Its capital, Luxembourg City, is one of the three official capitals of the European Union and the seat of the European Court of Justice, the highest judicial authority in the EU. Its culture, people, and languages are highly intertwined with its neighbours, making it essentially a mixture of French and German cultures, as evident by the nation's three official languages: French, German, and the national language, Luxembourgish. The repeated invasions by Germany, especially in World War II, resulted in the country's strong will for mediation between France and Germany and, among other things, led to the foundation of the European Union.


The total programme amounted to €7,754,499 in 2009. One-third of the total subsidy is spread evenly between qualifying newspapers, with the other two-thirds being proportional to the number of pages. All newspapers except the dominant Luxemburger Wort depend on the press subsidy for survival. [2]

Luxemburger Wort is a German-language Luxembourgish daily newspaper. There is an English edition named the Luxembourg Times.

In addition, newspapers received indirect subsidy by a preferential postal rate, a ceiling on television and radio advertising, and a reduced value added tax rate of 3%. [1]

2009 subsidies

Newspaper Subsidy (€)
Tageblatt 1,659,554
Luxemburger Wort 1,524,658
Le Quotidien 1,197,239
La Voix du Luxembourg 933,221
Lëtzebuerger Journal 540,421
Télécran 375,763
Le Jeudi 358,005
Zeitung vum Lëtzebuerger Vollek 353,281
Revue 321,984
D'Lëtzebuerger Land 259,954
Woxx 230,417
Total 7,754,499
Source: Service Information et Press


  1. 1 2 Fernández Alonso, Isabel; de Moragas, Miquel; Blasco Gil, José Joaquín; Almiron, Núria (2006). Press Subsidies in Europe (PDF). Barcelona: Generalitat of Catalonia. ISBN   978-84-393-7269-1.
  2. Hirsch (2004), p. 140

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