Vestfold Arbeiderblad
Vestfold Arbeiderblad was a daily newspaper published in Tønsberg
is a city and municipality in Vestfold county, southern Norway, located around north-east of Sandefjord. The administrative centre of the municipality is the city of Tønsberg....

, Norway
Norway , officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic unitary constitutional monarchy whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula, Jan Mayen, and the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard and Bouvet Island. Norway has a total area of and a population of about 4.9 million...


It was established in 1909 under the name Vestfold Arbeiderblad. Politically it belonged to the Norwegian Labour Party
Norwegian Labour Party
The Labour Party is a social-democratic political party in Norway. It is the senior partner in the current Norwegian government as part of the Red-Green Coalition, and its leader, Jens Stoltenberg, is the current Prime Minister of Norway....

, but in 1924 it was usurped by the newly established Communist Party
Communist Party of Norway
The Communist Party of Norway is a political party in Norway without parliamentary representation. It was formed in 1923, following a split in the Norwegian Labour Party. The party played an important role in the resistance to German occupation during the Second World War, and experienced a brief...

. The Labour Party eventually found a new newspaper in Vestfold Socialdemokrat, founded in 1921 as a local organ for the Social Democratic Labour Party
Social Democratic Labour Party of Norway
The Social Democratic Labour Party of Norway was a Norwegian political party in the 1920s. Following the Labour Party's entry into the Comintern in 1919, its right wing left the party to form the Social Democratic Labour Party in 1921...

. Vestfold Socialdemokrat took the name Vestfold Arbeiderblad in 1929—by that time the Communist newspaper of the same name had gone defunct. Vestfold Arbeiderblad was stopped between September 1940 and May 1945, during the German occupation of Norway.

The most popular newspaper in the Tønsberg area was the Conservative
Conservative Party of Norway
The Conservative Party is a Norwegian political party. The current leader is Erna Solberg. The party was since the 1920s consistently the second largest party in Norway, but has been surpassed by the growth of the Progress Party in the late 1990s and 2000s...

 Tønsbergs Blad
Tønsbergs Blad
Tønsbergs Blad is a local newspaper published in Tønsberg, Norway. The newspaper was founded by printer Hans Jørgen Magnus Hansen on 3 August 1870, with an initial circulation of 210 copies. By the turn of the century the circulation had grown to 2,600. In 1881 the newspaper was purchased by...

. On the other hand, Vestfold Arbeiderblad was the largest newspaper in Holmestrand
is a city and municipality in Vestfold county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the city of Holmestrad. The city was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 . The neighboring rural municipality of Botne was merged into the municipality of Holmestrand on 1 January...

 and Hof. It absorbed other Labour Party newspapers; Horten Arbeiderblad in 1962 and Vestfold Fremtid in 1983. By 1983 had a circulation of about 8,500, compared to 26,248 of Tønsbergs Blad. It went defunct in 1988.
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