WASHINGTON (Sept. 28, 2012)—The National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, will launch its official journal, National Geographic magazine, in the Latvian, Georgian and Mongolian languages in October 2012; National Geographic will also launch National Geographic Kids magazine in Mongolia. The new editions will give readers access to the original content of the publication that has set the standard for excellence in reporting, photography and cartography for nearly 125 years, and to its award-winning Kids counterpart.
Available on newsstands beginning in late September, the Latvian, Georgian and Mongolian editions of National Geographic magazine will be offered monthly and will mirror the content of the English-language edition of the magazine, with some localized reporting. National Geographic Kids Mongolia will be published 10 times per year.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome three new editions of National Geographic magazine and a new edition of National Geographic Kids magazine into the fold,” said Terry Adamson, executive vice president for National Geographic Society. “As we add new partners, we have the opportunity to grow National Geographic’s mission to inspire people to care about the planet and to increase the relevance of our brand worldwide.”
The new editions expand the international reach of the National Geographic Society to 36 local-language editions of National Geographic magazine and 17 editions of National Geographic Kids magazine.
The Latvian edition will be published under license from the National Geographic Society by ALG Periodika LV, a subsidiary of major Lithuanian publishing and book sales group Alma Littera; Rimants Ziedonis will serve as editor-in-chief.
The Georgian edition of National Geographic magazine will be published under license by Silk Road Investment Group, with Levan Butkhuzi serving as editor-in-chief.
iRMUUN will publish the Mongolian edition of National Geographic magazine and National Geographic Kids magazine; A. Delgerjargal is editorial director of National Geographic magazine; Tsolmon Enkhbat will serve as editor of National Geographic Kids Mongolia.
Published in English since 1888, National Geographic magazine provides in-depth editorial coverage of cultures, nature, science and technology. The magazine reaches more than 60 million readers worldwide every month. In addition to its English edition and the Latvian, Georgian and Mongolian local-language editions debuting next month, the magazine is published in 33 other local-language editions: 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, Serbian, Lithuanian, Arabic and Estonian.
About National Geographic Society
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. National Geographic reflects the world through its magazines, television programs, films, music and radio, books, DVDs, maps, exhibitions, live events, school publishing programs, interactive media and merchandise. National Geographic magazine, the Society’s official journal, is read by more than 60 million people each month. The National Geographic Channel reaches 440 million households in 171 countries in 38 languages. National Geographic Digital Media receives more than 20 million visitors a month. National Geographic has funded more than 10,000 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program promoting geography literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com. Facebook: www.facebook.com/natgeo
About Alma Littera
Alma Littera is part of the biggest publishing and book sales group in the Baltic. Established in 2002, the Alma Littera group also includes Sviesa Publishers, bookshop network Pegasas and The Book Club.
iRMUUN was founded in 1999. Since then, it has established itself as the most influential magazine publisher and communications agency in Mongolia. Its businesses include magazine and book publishing, websites, advertising, presswork and distribution. One of the key factors to iRMUUN’s success is summarized as “worldwide views based on localization.” Copyright cooperation with the most powerful publishers in the world has helped iRMUUN to create more unique and refined contents and style. Now, because we have diversified our activities across multiple media and genres, from corporate communications and marketing to original magazines, animated films, and comic books, we are re-branding ourselves as iMG — iRMUUN Media Group.
About Silk Road Group
Silk Road Group, led by Georgian businessman George Ramishvili, is one of the leading private investment groups active in the Caucasus and Central Asian region, with participations in different sectors of the Georgian economy, including transportation, trading, real estate, retail, tourism and telecommunication. Jointly with its partners, SRG has facilitated investments of over USD 400 million into the Georgian economy over the last six years. Most recently, SRG celebrated the opening of the Radisson Blu Batumi hotel project, developed jointly with other investors.