CategoriesGeography, science, history, nature
CompanyGruner + Jahr
Based inHamburg
LanguageGerman + other languages
WebsiteGerman edition

GEO is a family of educational monthly magazines similar to the National Geographic magazine. It is known for its detailed reports and pictures.

History and profile

The first edition appeared in Germany in 1976.[1] Since then, the magazine has been published in Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France (first international edition), Greece, Hungary, India (publication ceased in 2013),[2] Italy, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania, Russia (publication ceased in 2018),[3] Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Turkey. The current circulation figure in France and Germany is over 500,000.

GEO is published by Gruner + Jahr,[4] a publishing house owned by Bertelsmann.

The French edition was launched in 1979 and is published monthly by Prisma Presse.[4] The German version has several special editions (line extensions): GEO Saison, a multi thematic magazine dedicated to tourism, GEO Special a mono thematic magazine about individual countries or cities, GEO Wissen and GEO Kompakt mono thematic magazines focused on science issues, GEO Epoche about history and GEOlino for children. The Russian edition features GEOTraveller, GEOFocus on science and history, GEOлёнок for children and The Best of GEO.

Besides the magazines, GEO's portfolio consists of merchandising products like GEO illustrated books, a GEO encyclopedia, GEO calendars and others.

On 26 July 2013, Outlook Group announced that GEO, along with People and Marie Claire,[5] would cease publication in India and the license would not be renewed.[6]

Hot air ballon with GEO advertising

Geo Television

The magazine has its own television channel called Geo Television, operated in the DACH region.


  1. ^ Ron Johnston (Autumn 2009). "On geography, Geography and geographical magazines". Geography. 94 (3): 207–214. JSTOR 41555383.
  2. ^ "Outlook Group to launch GEO magazine; ties up with G+J International". afaqs!. 7 February 2008. Retrieved 4 June 2008.
  3. ^ "Владелец Forbes закроет журналы Geo и "Gala Биография" | Москва". ФедералПресс.
  4. ^ a b Helena Hafstrand (1995). "Consumer Magazines in Transition". The Journal of Media Economics. 8 (1). Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Outlook to close down international titles". Best Media Info. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  6. ^ Nikhi Pahwal (29 July 2013). "On The State of The Magazine Industry in India; Outlook Shuts Three Magazines". Media Nama. Retrieved 31 July 2013.