National Geographic (Scandinavian TV channel)

National Geographic Channel is a Nordic free-to-air television channel broadcasting documentaries and related programmes to the Nordic countries.

National Geographic
Broadcast areaSweden
Faroe Islands
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
OwnerThe Walt Disney Company Nordic
(Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International)
LaunchedSeptember 1997
Boxer (Sweden)Channel 66 (HD)
RiksTV (Norway)Channel 17
Televarpið (Faeroe Islands)Channel 189
Digital terrestrial (Finland)Channel 20
YouSeeChannel 80
Com Hem (Sweden)Channel 53
Channel 58 (HD)
Tele2VisionChannel 145
Canal DigitalChannel 368
GetChannel 101
TeliaChannel 191
DNA (Finland)Channel 20
Channel 103 (HD)
Elisa (Finland)Channel 20
Channel 40 (HD)
Telia (Finland)Channel 20
Channel 40 (HD)
Canal Digital (Norway)Channel 102
ViasatChannel 54
Telia Digital-tvChannel 25
Dansk BredbåndChannel 103

The National Geographic was launched in Scandinavia in September 1997 when BSkyB launched the Sky News & Documentaries channel, carrying National Geographic between 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. (CET) with The Computer Channel between 6 and 8 p.m. and Sky News the remaining time. The broadcasting hours has since then been extended and as of 2006 the channel is broadcasting from noon to 6 a.m., showing CNBC Nordic in the morning.

Programmes and continuity has English audio, with subtitles in Swedish, Finnish, Danish and Norwegian. Advertising has sound in different languages.

The channel is carried on most digital cable networks in the region, including TDC Kabel TV and Com Hem. Initially it was only available on satellite from Canal Digital, but it launched on the Viasat satellite platform on 15 August 2006.

In the digital terrestrial networks the channel has been available from the launch of the RiksTV platform in September 2007. In March 2008, the channel received a license to broadcast terrestrially in Sweden, but its launch has been postponed. It is also available terrestrially on the Faeroe Islands. The channel is not available in the Finnish terrestrial network.

The sister channel Adventure One had moderate carriage for some time in Scandinavia. Adventure One was replaced by Nat Geo Wild in some cable networks in 2007. On 24 February 2009, Nat Geo Wild was launched on the Viasat satellite platform.[1] It had then already launched on the Swedish Com Hem network on 8 January 2009.[2]

The National Geographic Channel HD was launched into the Nordic region on the Canal Digital platform on 1 April 2007. In January 2008, the HD channel was launched on the Viasat platform.[3] It came to Com Hem in Sweden on 23 May 2008.[4]

On 13 May 2009 special feeds of the channel for the Danish and Norwegian markets were launched.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Viasat Sänder Nat Geo Wild" (Press release). Viasat. 5 February 2009. Archived from the original on 3 May 2009.
  2. ^ "Ny naturkanal: Nat Geo Wild" (Press release). Com Hem. 8 January 2009.
  3. ^ "Viasat lanserar HDTV och två HDTV-kanaler" (Press release). Viasat. 15 January 2008. Archived from the original on 3 May 2009.
  4. ^ "Com Hem lanserar Eurosport HD och National Geographic Channel HD" (PDF) (Press release). Com Hem. 23 May 2008.
  5. ^ National Geographic Channel – Change of transponder - Denmark
  6. ^ National Geographic Channel – Change of transponder - Norway