Altaposten was founded in 1969, and its first editor was Øystein Dalland. From 1988 Ulf Jørgensen edited the newspaper, and since 2001 the editor-in-chief has been Rolf Edmund Lund. Altaposten was the owner of the Sami newspaper Áššu until its merge with Min Áigi to form Ávvir, which is owned by Altaposten together with Finnmark Dagblad.
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