Bonnier Group

The Bonnier AB is an international media company based in Stockholm. The focus of the company form book and magazine publishers. The group also has interests in TV channels (eg TV4 ) and film companies (eg film Svensk Industri). The Group's total are 175 companies in 17 countries belonging (as of 2010 ).

  • 3.1 encyclopedias
  • 3.2 Publishing in Germany


Gerhard Bonnier was born in Dresden in 1778 as Gutkind Hirschel and emigrated in 1802 from Copenhagen. There he changed his name to Bonnier and was in 1804, initially booksellers, publishers then.

His son Adolf worked from 1827 in Gothenburg as a bookseller. Two years later he moved to Stockholm. There he opened a publishing company and was the first book in 1832, the Swedish translation by Christoph von Schmid Henry of oak rock out.

His younger son, Albert Bonnier also moved to Stockholm and worked from 1839 to 1865 with his brother. He also founded in 1837 a Förlagsbyrå which changed its name from 1858 when Albert Bonnier Förlag, whose first product was the satirical pamphlet Bevis att Napoleon aldrig har existerat by Jean -Baptiste Pérès. It was here at the Swedish translation of the German edition. In 1856 he acquired the Hörbergska boktryckeriet, a printing company in Riddarholmen. 1865 drew this as well as the publishing in the fattening Samuelsgatan No. 19 ( At that time the road was still Ålandsgatan. ) From 1877 to 1887 was president of the Albert Bonnier Svenska bokförläggareföreningen, which he had joined in 1844 shortly after its founding. Albert's son, Karl Otto Bonnier (1856 -1941) was from 1886 a partner of the company, in 1900 he took over it completely. He moved among other things, August Strindberg, Verner von Heidenstam, Gustaf Fröding, Selma Lagerlöf and Hjalmar Söderberg. He made Bonnier become the leading literary publisher of Sweden.

The youngest son Gerhard Bonnier, David Felix Bonnier (1822-1881) took over in 1842 the family bookshop in Gothenburg and a year later founded his own publishing house. From 1859 onwards he published the newspaper Göteborgs-Posten. This, however, belongs now to the Stampen Group.

The media company is still family owned and operated in the form of a corporation, CEO In January 2008 Jonas Bonnier ( b. 1963 ).

The Bonnier skyscraper in downtown Stockholm was built according to the plans of the architect Ivar Tengbom and his son Anders Tengbom and inaugurated in 1946. In addition, the Bonnier Konsthall for contemporary art in Stockholm was opened in autumn 2006.


  • Bonnierförlagen
  • Founded in Germany in 1993 Bonnier Media
  • Bonnier Publishing
  • Cappelen Damm, Norwegian publishing house, founded in 1829, Bonnier has since 1987 a majority stake
  • Purchased Tammi Publishers, the third largest book publisher in Finland, founded in 1943 1996 by Bonnier

Newspapers and magazines

  • Bold Printing Group
  • Bonnier Business Press International
  • Bonnier Corporation
  • Bonnier Publications
  • Bonnier Tidskrifter, including Teknikens Värld heard
  • Dagbladet Børsen
  • Dagens Industri
  • Dagens Nyheter
  • Expressen
  • SDS- koncernen
  • Verslo žinios


  • MTV Media
  • TV4


  • SF Consumer Entertainment
  • Svensk Industri film


The sites within the division Bonnier Digital, whose CEO Casten Almqvist (born 1962 ) is.

  • Bink, was founded in early 2010, is based in Stockholm and is active in the field of Internet advertising
  • Brick Mark was founded in September 2010 and is based in Stockholm

Publications of the Bonnier Group

Today, about 150 companies belong to Bonnier Group, Sweden in the newspapers Dagens Nyheter, Expressen and Sydsvenskan. In Germany, the Bonnier Group is one of the four major book publishing groups (next Weltbild Publishing Group, the publishing group Georg von Holtzbrinck and Random House / Bertelsmann ). The National Geographic Magazine is published by Bonnier for all Scandinavian countries.


The Bonnier publishing house issued various lexicons. One ever was universal lexicon, the four-volume conversation och the first Swedish-speaking. Allmän ordbok för alla samhällsklasser, which appeared from 1856 to 1866. He was followed from 1922 to 1929, the Bonnier encyclopedia. The plant had 12 volumes and the main editors were Yngve Lorents and Gotthard Johansson. 1937 to 1949 appeared a new edition, this time in 14 volumes under the direction of Axel Elvin. It formed the basis for the 1961 to 1967 with about 110,000 lemmas in 15 volumes published Bonnier Lexikon. Responsible for this recorded Uno Dalén.

Publishers in Germany

In 1993, the Bonnier bought first German publishers. It was this to arsEdition, Carlsen and Piper. Together with the acquired later publishers Malik, Pendo, Econ, List, Ullsteinhaus, Thienemann and Berlin Verlag they belong to Bonnier Media Germany GmbH, based in Munich.

In addition, the Bonnierkonzern holds thirty percent of Bisnode AB, which originated from the merger of Bonnier Business Information, belongs to which Hoppenstedt and Dun & Bradstreet, and InfoData 2005.