Politiken was founded in 1884 in Copenhagen. It established its present location in central Copenhagen in 1912. It is one of Denmark's leading newspapers in terms of both circulated copies and number of readers. In 2004 the paper had a circulation of 134,000 copies. The number of copies sold per day in the first half of 2012 was 97,820 on weekdays and Saturdays, and 120,411 on Sundays. Its online newspaper receives around 800,000 monthly users and is the tenth most viewed page among the members of the Association of Danish Interactive Media.

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