The compact world

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The compact world
description daily newspaper
language German
publishing company Axel Springer SE ( Germany )
Headquarters Berlin
First edition May 24, 2004
attitude December 31, 2019
Frequency of publication Mondays to Fridays
Sold edition 107,777 copies
( IVW  Q4 / 2019 - incl. Die Welt )
Range 0.70 million readers
( MA 2019 II )
Editor-in-chief Dagmar Rosenfeld
editor Stefan Aust
Web link
ZDB 2146759-6

Die Welt Kompakt (spelling: DIE WELT Kompakt ) was a 32-page daily newspaper in the smaller, more manageable tabloid newspaper format , which was published Monday to Friday by Axel Springer SE . It obtained its content from the daily newspaper Die Welt , with which the circulation sold was reported.

Welt am Sonntag Compact continues to appear on Sundays as a compact edition of Welt am Sonntag (WamS) , which reproduces selected contents of WamS in tabloid format on 64 pages .


At the headquarters of Welt Kompakt in Berlin

On May 25, 2004, the first edition of the newspaper appeared with a regional supplement in Berlin. In the following months, regional editions followed in Frankfurt, Munich, the Ruhr area, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Saarbrücken, the Rhine-Neckar region and Hamburg. In the course of 2006 some regional pages were abolished and replaced by a nationwide uniform edition of Welt Kompakt . Local reporting continued in Berlin, Hamburg and Munich.

Because the newspaper used an advertisement with the likeness of former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer for advertising purposes in 2005/2006 without being asked , the Hamburg Regional Court sentenced Springer-Verlag to pay Fischer a fee of 200,000 euros .

On November 2, 2009, Welt Kompakt was the first national German daily newspaper to introduce a daily internet section and since then has been advertising with the slogan “Kurz. Different. Printed. ”With the relaunch, which was also reflected in the newspaper design, the regional editions were reintroduced in the cities of Cologne , Düsseldorf and Frankfurt am Main . The local sections in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Cologne and Munich appeared for the last time on August 28, 2015 in order to further sharpen the national profile of the newspaper . The previous place in the middle of the newspaper is now taken by columns, comments and the double-page picture, which so far only appeared in the federal edition.

On September 10, 2012, the name of the newspaper was changed from Welt Kompakt to Die Welt Kompakt as part of the focus on the umbrella brand Die Welt . A new app for the iPhone was released to mark the tenth anniversary of the daily newspaper. The printed edition of May 27, 2014 appeared entirely in the style of this news app. As of January 1, 2015, the activities of WeltN24 were bundled. On September 1, 2015, the regional sections of the newspaper were closed for economic reasons. In September 2019, Axel Springer SE announced that Die Welt Kompakt will be discontinued on December 31, 2019.


The edition of the Welt Kompakt was shown together with the Welt . The sold circulation fell from 222,429 copies in the first quarter of 2005 to 107,777 copies in the fourth quarter of 2019, a decrease of 51.6 percent.

Development of the number of copies sold


Welt Kompakt was published in over 40 major cities from Monday to Friday. In addition to selling as a sales newspaper (copy price € 0.70 to € 1), it was in Berlin, Bremen , Cottbus , Frankfurt am Main, Halle (Saale) , Hamburg , Kiel , Leipzig , Lübeck , Potsdam and, since January 1, 2010, in Munich , Stuttgart , Cologne and Bonn can be obtained by subscription and online as an electronic newspaper .

Debate about tweets of the day

The tweets of the day were on the front page of the world . Tweets selected by the editorial team were printed there every day . Users of the short message service Twitter complained increasingly that their tweets were published there. As a result, the editors announced at the end of February 2012 that they would no longer print tweets. This step sparked a discussion on the internet, as the integration of tweets into websites was already widespread. The controversial question arose as to whether tweets, being publicly posted, are citable. Other daily newspapers and print media also printed tweets, such as the Rhein-Zeitung .

Individual evidence

  1. a b "Welt Kompakt" becomes "DIE WELT Kompakt". In: September 7, 2012, accessed September 7, 2012 .
  2. Frank Schmiechen: An app for a birthday. Have fun with the new possibilities! In: Die Welt Kompakt , May 27, 2014, p. 3.
  3. Uniform brand umbrella: N24 becomes world. In: July 7, 2015, accessed July 7, 2015 .
  4. "No economic perspective": "Welt Kompakt" from September 1st without local sections. In: August 14, 2015, accessed August 14, 2015 .
  5. Axel-Springer-Verlag announces drastic savings program. In: September 30, 2019, accessed September 30, 2019 .
  6. Sports department tight, text correction automated: How Springer continues to rebuild the “world” group. In: November 28, 2019, accessed November 28, 2019 .
  7. Welt Print werktag (Welt + Welt Kompakt)
  8. according to IVW , fourth quarter in each case ( details on )