Expresso (newspaper)


The 22 December 2007 front page of
Type Weekly newspaper
Format Berliner
Owner(s) Impresa (Sojornal)
Editor Pedro Santos Guerreiro
Founded 6 January 1973 (1973-01-06)
Language Portuguese
Headquarters Lisbon
Circulation 71,465 (January-August 2015)
ISSN 0870-1970
Website Expresso
Expresso (April 2006), (bottom left)

Expresso (Portuguese pronunciation: [(ɐi̯)ˈʃpɾɛsu]) is the flagship publication of the Group Impresa and is published weekly in Lisbon, Portugal.

History and profile

Expresso was first published on 6 January 1973.[1][2] The founder was Francisco Pinto Balsemão.[3][4] The paper is based in Lisbon[3] and is published on a weekly basis.[5] The newspaper is part of the Portuguese company Impresa,[6][7] which also controls various magazines, including Caras and Visão, among the others.[8]

Expresso was published in broadsheet format[9] until September 2006 when it switched to Berliner format.[10][11] It is the first Portuguese paper to be published in Berliner format.[10]

A weekly newspaper, it incorporates various supplements, covering general news, business, sports, international news, entertainment, society, a magazine, recruitment and real estate classified supplements, as well as having a site on the Internet. It is particularly known for its editorial independence and its probing political reporting, making it a newspaper of reference.

The Prémio Pessoa is a notable Portuguese award instituted in 1987 by Expresso and the Unisys Company. It is one of the most reputed prizes awarded in Portugal, named after the poet Fernando Pessoa. In 1980 Expresso, in partnership with SDG – Simuladores e Modelos de Gestão – created the Global Management Challenge, a strategic management competition for university students.

In 2014 Expresso was the recipient of the Meios and Publicidade award in the category of weekly generalist publication.[1] The paper received the European Newspaper Award in 2006[12] and in 2015 in the category of weekly newspaper.[13]


The circulation of Expresso was 138,000 copies during the period between January and September 2000.[14] Between January and March 2003 its circulation was 142,000 copies, making it the best-selling newspaper Portugal.[7]

Expresso was again the best-selling newspaper in the country with a circulation of 118,000 copies in 2007.[15] Its circulation was 117,507 copies in 2008.[16] The 2011 circulation of the paper was 108,923 copies.[17] It was 93,707 copies between September and October 2013.[8] It dropped to 71,465 copies between January and August 2015.[18]


  1. 1 2 "Expresso, Caras and SIC News were awarded at the 12th edition of the Meios & Publicidade Awards". Eurotux. 18 November 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  2. Peter Karibe Mendy; Lobban Jr. (17 October 2013). Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau. Scarecrow Press. p. 467. ISBN 978-0-8108-8027-6. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  3. 1 2 "Expresso (Portugal)". Publicitas. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  4. Douglas L. Wheeler; Walter C. Opello (10 May 2010). Historical Dictionary of Portugal. Scarecrow Press. p. 189. ISBN 978-0-8108-7075-8. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  5. "Press in Portugal - Historical Overview". GMCS. 7 July 2014. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  6. "Reality could become a show…" (PDF). BANIF Investment Banking. 15 September 2005. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  7. 1 2 "Top 10 Daily Newspapers in Portugal by Circulation". Top Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  8. 1 2 "Portuguese Media". BPI Equity. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  9. "Newspaper Sizes". Paper Sizes. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  10. 1 2 "The New Expresso. The First Berliner in Portugal". Innovations in Newspapers. 5 September 2006. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  11. Roy Greenslade (11 September 2006). "Top Portuguese paper chooses Berliner format". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  12. "Europe's most innovative newspaper 2006: De Morgen". Oberauer. 17 November 2006. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  13. "17th European Newspaper Award: Main prize winners from Norway, Spain, Belgium and Portugal". Publicitas. 18 November 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  14. Manuel Pinto; Helena Sousa (2004). "Portugal". In M. Kelly et. al. The Euromedia Handbook (PDF). London: SAGE. pp. 180–190. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  15. Anne Austin et. al. (2008). "Western Europe Market and Media Fact" (PDF). ZenithOptimedia. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  16. Anabela Carvalho (2010). "Portugal: Media System" (PDF). The International Encyclopedia of Communication. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  17. Imprensa: Circulation Portugal 2011 Ligatea Media.
  18. Correio da Manhã consolida liderança,, Retrieved 30 October 2015
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