Egmont is a media industry group in Scandinavia. Founded by Egmont Harald Petersen in 1878 as a one-man printing business, but was quick at starting a magazine business. The company's headquarters is still based in Copenhagen, Denmark. After the Second World War Egmont acquired a license from Disney, and in 1948 the company started to publish Kalle Anka & C:o, a Donald Duck comic magazine in Sweden and Norway, in 1949 also in Denmark. With the acquisition in 1963 of the Danish publisher Aschehoug, Egmont also entered the book market. In 1991, Egmont was co-founder of the Norwegian television channel TV 2 and now owns 50%. The next year, it merged witn Nordisk Film.
Today Egmont is one of Scandinavia’s leading media groups producing weeklies, magazines, comics, books, educational materials, activity products, movies and TV programs. The media group also operate movie theaters and TV stations, and the Egmont name is behind interactive games, game consoles, music and a wide range of digital media. Egmont publishes media in more than 30 countries, has 7,600 employees and generate revenue in 2008 amounting to EUR 1.6 billion.
In 2003 the Finnish publisher Kirjalito, owned by the newspaper and magazine publisher Sanoma Magazines Oy, merged with the Egmont-owned Egmont Kustannus Oy with the new company taking that name and the Kirjalito brand relegated to auxiliary status.