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Type Weekly newspaper
Format Compact
Owner Guardian Media Group
Editor Natalie Bennett
Founded 1919
Language English
Headquarters Farringdon Road, London, UK
Official website

The Guardian Weekly is a weekly newspaper published by the Guardian Media Group, and is one of the world's oldest international newspapers. It was founded with the aim of advancing the cause of democracy in post-First World War Germany. Its first edition was printed a week after the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, and included the following as a statement of mission: "We aim at presenting what is best and most interesting in the Guardian, what is most distinctive and independent of time, in a compact weekly form".[1][2]

The Guardian Weekly offers a compact digest of four newspapers. It contains articles from The Guardian and The Observer newspapers in the UK, as well as reports, features and book reviews from The Washington Post and articles translated from France's Le Monde newspaper.[2]

The Guardian Weekly carries a monthly Learning English supplement that offers news and classroom aids to teachers of English as a Foreign Language, as well as a guide to the best listening on the BBC World Service. Its fortnightly Outlook section focuses on international development issues and the vital part played by NGOs in the field. It also offers the website Guardian Abroad for expatriates.

The Guardian Weekly is printed in three centres—the United Kingdom, Australia (Sydney), and Canada. The paper's circulation is 122,828, which is the highest of any UK-based global weekly,[3] and it has a readership of almost 200,000.[2] The paper's readers include many world statesmen, including Nelson Mandela, who subscribed during his time in prison and described the paper as his "window on the wider world".[2] George W. Bush was reportedly the first President of the United States since Jimmy Carter not to subscribe to The Guardian Weekly.[4]

On 1 August 2007, The Guardian Weekly's website was relaunched as the Guardian Weekly Global Network, which contains news written in the first-person and a community area where Guardian Weekly subscribers and users can plot themselves on a world map, meet and communicate, and submit eyewitness accounts themselves.


  1. ^ "A brief history". The Guardian Weekly.,,210684,00.html. Retrieved 2009-07-15.  
  2. ^ a b c d "About us". The Guardian Weekly. Retrieved 2009-07-15.  
  3. ^ "How to subscribe". The Guardian Weekly.,,210611,00.html. Retrieved 2009-07-15.  
  4. ^ Burkeman, Oliver (2006-11-18). "Bush reveals he is a Guardian reader (though sadly not a regular)". The Guardian.,,1951186,00.html. Retrieved 2006-11-25.  

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