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National Geographic (formerly the National Geographic Magazine and branded also as NAT GEO) is the official magazine of the National Geographic Society. It has been published continuously since its first issue in 1888, nine months after the Society itself was founded. It primarily contains articles about science, geography, history, and world culture. The magazine is known for its thick square-bound glossy format with a yellow rectangular border and its extensive use of dramatic photographs. Controlling interest in the magazine has been held by The Walt Disney Company since 2019.
The magazine is published monthly, and additional map supplements are also included with subscriptions. It is available in a traditional printed edition and through an interactive online edition. On occasion, special editions of the magazine are issued.
As of 2015, the magazine was circulated worldwide in nearly 40 local-language editions and had a global circulation of approximately 6.5 million per month according to data published by The Washington Post (down from about 12 million in the late 1980s) or 6.7 million according to National Geographic. This includes a US circulation of 3.5 million.
About Nat Geo
National Geographic has been igniting the explorer in all of us for 132 years through groundbreaking storytelling from the best and brightest scientists, explorers, photographers, and filmmakers in the world. Nat Geo yellow border serves as a portal to explore the farthest reaches of the Earth and beyond. Places only National Geographic can take you.
Nat Geo offer Nat Geo audience true 360 experiences across an unparalleled portfolio of media assets: television channels, magazines, kids, travel, books, video, events, and digital and social platforms. Every asset and every story entertains, enlightens, and enables people to better understand the world and their own place in it – Nat Geo core purpose. Nat Geo reach millions of people around the world, with Nat Geo television networks in 172 countries and Nat Geo publications available in 41 langauges.
National Geographic Partners is a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and the National Geographic Society. Nat Geo return 27% of Nat Geo proceeds to the nonprofit Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation, and education. This unique partnership creates a virtuous cycle of storytelling and exploration that inspires people to act, enlightens their perspective, and often provides the spark to new ideas and innovation.
About the National Geographic Society
The National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit organization committed to exploring and protecting Nat Geo planet. Nat Geo fund hundreds of research and conservation projects around the world each year and inspire new generations through Nat Geo education initiatives and resources. For more information, visit nationalgeographic.org.