5 oldest newspapers


Newspapers have been a way for the world to be connected to and keep up to date on current events all around the globe.

Though today mobile phone applications and websites often come close to replacing the newspaper, printed news is still published daily, and we have our ancestors to thank for that.

5. La Gazette

La Gazette focused on political news, and in 1762, became known as the Gazette de France, subtitled “Organe officiel du Government royal”, which translates to “Official organ of the royal Government”.

The newspaper lasted an impressive amount of time before closing publications in 1915 due to the modernization of news media.

4. Nieuwe Tijdinghen

The paper was officially licensed by authorities and was very politically biased, leaning pro-Habsburg and having a Catholic perspective.

3. Courante uyt Italien, Duytslandt, &c.

The Courante was published weekly. No official date could be found on the paper, nor official information about its printer or publisher, but the paper ceased operations in 1664.

2. Avisa Relation oder Zeitung

Most experts date the first published issue of the Avisa to January 15, though there is no official date of publication on the issue.

1. Relation aller Fürnemmen und gedenckwürdigen Historien

This mouthful of a newspaper is officially recognized as the world’s oldest newspaper to have ever been printed.


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