Tuesday, October 4, 2016

100 Years of Grönköpings Veckoblad Swedish satirical monthly magazine 29.8.2002

Grönköpings Veckoblad is a Swedish satirical monthly magazine. The name translates as "The Grönköping Weekly", or "The Greenville Weekly", Grönköping being a fictional Swedish town. The name Grönköping predates the magazine; it was first used by Albert Engström as a headline for some of his drawings in 1895.
Founded in 1902 by Hasse Zetterström as a supplement to Söndags-Nisse, it became an independent magazine in 1916. The current editor in chief of the magazine is Ulf Schöldström.
The parody language Transpiranto, a caricature of Esperanto, was introduced in a 1929 article by Nils Hasselskog, "World language in Grönköping's school" ("Världsspråk i Grönköpings skola").
Grönköping has been characterized as a Sweden in miniature. Using bombastic and anachronistic language while purporting to describe and analyse current events in a serious manner, Grönköpings Veckoblad has become a Swedish institution and a standard for what is considered good satire.
The discerning reader will notice that no value is indicated on the stamps. They were used for first class mail.
Thank you Merja.

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