NRC Handelsblad

NRC Handelsblad

Front page of 11 February 2014
Type Daily newspaper (no Sunday edition)
Format 41.5 cm x 28 cm
Owner(s) Egeria[1] (100%).
Editor-in-chief Peter Vandermeersch
Founded 1970 by merger
Political alignment Liberalism[2]
Language Dutch
Headquarters Rokin 65
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Circulation 188,500 (2014)
ISSN 0002-5259

NRC Handelsblad (Dutch pronunciation: [ɛnɛrseː ˈɦɑndəlzblɑt]), often abbreviated to NRC, is a daily evening newspaper published in the Netherlands by NRC Media.


NRC Handelsblad was first published on 1 October 1970 after a merger of the Amsterdam newspaper Algemeen Handelsblad (founded 1828 by J.W. van den Biesen) and the Rotterdam Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant (founded 1844 by Henricus Nijgh).[3] The paper's motto is Lux et Libertas – Light (referring to the Age of Enlightenment) and Freedom.

In February 2006, NRC Handelsblad started a morning newspaper, nrc•next, to attract educated readers who do not read a newspaper every day. Editor Folkert Jensma was succeeded on 12 December 2006, by Birgit Donker.[4] After a dispute with the new owners Donker had to step down on 26 April 2010[5] and was replaced by Belgian Peter Vandermeersch.[6]

On 7 March 2011 the paper changed its format from broadsheet to tabloid. The circulation of NRC Handelsblad in 2014 was 188,500 copies, putting it in 4th place among the national dailies.[7]


While considered one of the Dutch national quality newspapers next to de Volkskrant and Trouw, NRC Handelsblad sees itself as the most internationally oriented of those three, and has been labeled left liberal.


Journalists who work or have worked for NRC Handelsblad include: Henk Hofland, Hans van Mierlo, Marc Chavannes, Geert Mak, Karel van Wolferen, Jérôme Louis Heldring, Joris Luyendijk, Marjon van Royen, Derk Jan Eppink, Adriaan van Dis, Ben Knapen.


  1. Egeria is an investment company which is part of Bregal Investments, which is part of Cofra Group
  2. Vrouw als hoofdredacteur
  3. Cordula Rooijendijk (2005). That City is Mine!: Urban Ideal Images in Public Debates and City Plans, Amsterdam & Rotterdam 1945-1995. Amsterdam University Press. p. 23. ISBN 978-90-5629-382-6. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  4. NRC Handelsblad 12 December 2006 page 21 Tegenwicht aan Trivialisering: Birgit Donker benoemd tot hoofdredacteur van NRC Handelsblad
    "Birgit Donker is de nieuwe hoofdredacteur van NRC Handelsblad, en De raad van bestuur van PCM heeft haar vandaag benoemd.
    Rotterdam, 12 December Birgit Donker (41) is de opvolger van Folkert Jensma als hoofdredacteur van NRC Handelsblad."
  5. Donker na conflict weg als hoofdredacteur NRC de Volkskrant. Archived April 29, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. Peter Vandermeersch hoofdredacteur NRC Trouw. (Rotterdam). 29 June 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  7. "Circulation figures". HOI, Institute for Media Auditing. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
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