WASHINGTON (May 7, 2009)–A Lithuanian edition of National Geographic magazine will launch in October 2009, expanding the international reach of the magazine that has set the standard for excellence in reporting, photography and mapmaking to 32 different language editions. The Lithuanian edition will be published by Alma Littera, a major Lithuanian publishing house specializing in fiction, nonfiction, reference and textbooks.
Published under license from the National Geographic Society, the new Lithuanian edition, like the magazine’s 31 other local-language editions, will follow closely the editorial content of the English-language original. It will be produced to the exacting standards of the Society, in the same format, with the familiar yellow-bordered cover.
Frederikas Jansonas, editor in chief of National Geographic Lithuania, has 18 years’ experience in media and communications. He has been a partner and senior consultant at the pan Baltic public relations and communications company KPMS since 2004. Previously, he was editor and deputy editor in chief of Lithuania’s second biggest daily newspaper, Respublika, where he started at the foreign news desk.
“We are constantly striving to satisfy the needs of Lithuanian readers with globally renowned and recognized products,” said Arvydas Andrijauskas, managing director of Alma Littera. “National Geographic has the highest quality standards. It is an honor for us to publish this magazine and to provide our readers with the joy of knowledge. I have no doubt that National Geographic will have the full attention of people who are interested in culture, nature and geography.”
The official journal of the 121-year-old National Geographic Society, National Geographic magazine provides in-depth editorial coverage of cultures, nature, science and technology. Published in English since 1888, the magazine currently appears in Japanese, Spanish (separate editions for Spain and Latin America), Italian, Hebrew, Greek, French, German, Polish, Korean, Portuguese (separate editions for Portugal and Brazil), Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, Chinese (traditional characters), Chinese (simple characters), Finnish, Turkish, Thai, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Russian, Croatian, Bahasa, Bulgarian, Slovenian and Serbian. The magazine has a total circulation of around 8 million and is read in every country of the world.
“Giving people a window to the world in their own language through National Geographic’s incomparable photographs and storytelling is a compelling way to extend the Society’s mission to educate and inspire,” said National Geographic President John Fahey.
The National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the Society works to inspire people to care about the planet. It reaches more than 360 million people worldwide each month through its official journal, National Geographic, and other magazines; National Geographic Channel; television documentaries; music; radio; films; books; DVDs; maps; exhibitions; school publishing programs; interactive media; and merchandise. National Geographic has funded more than 9,000 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program combating geographic illiteracy. For more information, visit nationalgeographic.com.