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Principality of Andorra | Overview | Media in Andorra | Media Law and Regulations | Media Ownership | References

Principality of Andorra

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National Flag of The Principality of Andorra
Official Title: The Principality of Andorra
Other Titles: Andorra, Principality of the Valleys of Andorra
Map of Andorra


Andorian media is shaped by its proximity to its much larger bordering countries, France (to the north) and Spain (to the south) and receives broadcasting from both countries. All Andorran media is either in Cantalan (official language), Spanish and/or French. Its constitution provides for both freedom of speech and of the press. While originally depending on media from its larger neighbours, Andorran-owned media has flourished in the 21st century, with growing usage of the Internet, the development of its own national newspapers, radio stations and the complete cease of use of analogue television.

Andorra's media regulations are relatively recent, with its first broadcasting and television laws passed in 1989, resulting in the drastic alteration to the access of information. Andorra's media regulations are made to uphold the justice, equality of all individuals and their human rights. Media outlets face low levels of restriction in what they can and can not publish. Particularly during campaign periods, the government has no control over what the media outlets publish. Further there is a non - discrimination policy in the advertisements of produced by the media.

Media in Andorra

The Principality of Andorra provides its people with media access from Internet, radio, television and print.
The official language of the country is Catalan, which is used by the Government, radio, television and all other national media outlets. Other languages, such as French, Portuguese and Spanish are also spoken by a percentage of the population due to immigration from bordering and nearby countries.

Internet Media

Andorra's Internet access (first provided in the 1990s via dial-up) is available only through the national telephone company, SOM. Dial-up has since then been replaced in most households throughout the country by ADSL at a fixed speed of 100 Mbit/s. Andorra's Internet domain name is .ad with

Internet Domain*
Internet hosts*2
28, 131 (as of 2010)

*_ An identification string that defines a realm of administrative autonomy, authority, or control on the Internet.
*2_ Computers connected directly to the Internet, usually an Internet Service Provider's (ISP) computer is a host.

Andorra possesses a number of national websites. These include
  • //Govern d'Andorra// or "The Government of Andorra"– The official governmental site (Catalan). This includes national news such as natural disasters, as well as information and news on culture, economy, sports, finance, interior, health, tourism, etc. The site also has a twitter, presenting up-to-date news concerning or relating to information on their site.
  • "Andorra"– The official Andorra e-Government Page (English). This site primarily focuses on the tourism aspects of Andorra, as this is where Andorra's main exports lie.

The official government site provides links to other Andorran websites, listed in the table.
Information about the Department of Agriculture: farming, livestock, veterinary service officer and kennel management official.
Information Network Monitoring Air Quality in the Department of Environment.
Portal of Andorra with information about the country, proposals, useful information, calendar of events and multimedia.
Tour of National Archives of Andorra, providing a documentary basis for teaching and historical research and ensure the preservation of documentary heritage of Andorra.
Information most relevant data of the associations listed in the Register of Associations of Andorra.
Information about the National Library of Andorra, located in Casa Baur.
Information Network of Libraries of Andorra.
Information firefighters Andorra.
Official Gazette of the Principality of Andorra.
Information Services Linguistic Policy, responsible for advising the revitalization and promotion of our language and the tools and services.
Information concerning the Department of Commerce: simplified procedures, intrusion, opening hours, reports and business studies.
Information relating to the Ministry of Culture.
Mailing Andorran Customs and its triple mission: fiscal, and economic protection.
Information Ministry of Education and Youth.
Information on the results of various electoral contests.
information about energy management.
Workshop entrepreneurs.
Information Department of Higher Education and Research Area, on grants, recognition of qualifications and international actions.
Information on innovation Breakfast, organized by the State Secretariat for Public Administration Reform and Promotion of the knowledge society of the Government.
Information of the Secretariat of State for Sports.
Information and official statistical data of Andorra by the Department of Statistics.
Information on the foreign relations of Andorra, the recommendations for travel, diplomatic missions and international conventions.
Information on legislation, budget, taxation, financial system, insurance and international projects with the participation of the Ministry of Finance.
Information Human Resources and Training to Teachers, which organizes training for the collective body of teaching and for anyone willing to be trained.
Access all the information, programs and actions in government housing policies.
Portal, SDI Andorra.
Regulations and the rules in the style book of the Government of Andorra.
Information on the processing of various types of immigration permits.
Web portal area youth, training for young people, agenda, news, publications, housing, jobs etc.
Information transboundary cultural tour of the Iron Route in the Pyrenees, which can trace the history of iron through the stages of production of metal or its use.
Map losing heat and solar radiation in Andorra.
Information on sustainability, waste, energy, water, air, landscape and other issues affecting our environment.
Weather forecast, 5 day forecasts, snow, weather data.
Information Area Mobility from the Government about the traffic, the continuous map, television cameras, parking, road safety education and recommendations.
Information on the Ministry of Territorial planning, mapping, public works and road network.
Trademark Office of the Principality of Andorra.
Information on Museums of Andorra, Rossell Forge, the Iron Route, cultural heritage, etc..
Information Police Service of Andorra.
Information on the retail prices of fuels.
Web Portal Department of Research.
Civil Registry of the Principality of Andorra.
Web Portal Department of Health.
Information for users of regular transport of passengers, both nationally and internationally.
Information Department of Labor, including the Employment Service, the Labour Inspection and the General Services, procedures and records.
Information Department of Tourism, Government legislation and the data on the tourism sector.
Portal of the Government Service Procedures. With all the information about the applications of the procedures for citizens and business status of the negotiations and links to common website, where you can find applications of the common procedures.
Summer University of Andorra, organized by the Ministry of Education and Culture.
Information Unit of Prevention and Combating Corruption, a central government department that reports directly to the Prime Minister.
Page that focuses on social development and promotion of volunteerism in Andorra.

Print Media

The media of Andorra presents similarities to the media of France and Spain. Its press includes:
  • //Diari d'Andorra// or "Andorra Daily", which is a fully online journal (established in 1991) updated daily. It contains several news types (national, international, sport, culture, opinion, etc.) with an evident focus on national Andorran news. The newspaper also has a twitter, allowing greater reach for readers.
  • //El Periodico de Andorra// or "The Journal of Andorra" which is considered the main Andorran news source along with Diari Andorra. There is a focus on local Andorran news as well as that of France and Spain. It also offers international news and specialist news (culture, sport, etc.
  • is a free that circulates from Monday to Friday
  • Bon Dia a free publication that circulates from Monday to Friday. It is published in two editions - one for Andorra, and one for Lleidia in Spain. Both editions are published in Catalan, and are primarily concerned with local news.

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Logo of El Periodico de Andorra (The Journal of Andorra)
Logo of Diari d'Andorra (Andorra Daily)
Logo of Diari Més (lit. Journal More)


Radio in Andorra has a relatively short history. It was first broadcast nationally on air in 1937.
Radio media is found in three different forms in Andorra: on the internet, on television and traditionally over the radio.
Radio stations available in Andorra are:

**Proxima FM (R7P)**

**Radio Teletaxi**|rep


**Radio Nacional Andorra (RTVA)**|rep - zona de veïnatge i Andorra public

**Radio Valira** - Escaldes-Engordany news/sports/music


**Flaix FM**|r.[R-Barcelona] - Andorra la Vella dance/techno


**Radio Nacional Andorra (RTVA)** - Andorra la Vella public

**Andorra 1** - Andorra la Vella

**Andorra Musica (RTVA)** - Escaldes-Engordany public; music program

**Radio Valira**|rep news/sports/music


**Kiss FM**|rep


**Andorra7 Radio** - Andorra la Vella

**France Inter**|rep

**France musiques**|rep

**France Culture**|rep

**Catalunya Radio**|rep news/talk

**Radio Principat**|r.[R-Barcelona]

**Radio 4 (RNE)**|rep Spanish

**Radio Estel**|rep

**Radio 1 (RNE)**|rep

**Radio 3 (RNE)**|rep

Radio National Andorra (RNA 94.2) is the national broadcasting station of the country. It mostly plays music and presents a news bulletin every hour, on the hour. It broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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Broadcasters at the Radio i Televisio d'Andorra, 2009


Andorra was one of the first countries in the European region to completely cease analogue television. This occurred on September 25th, 2007.
Andorra's first television channel began in 1995.

Organisme de Ràdio i Televisió d’Andorra (ORTA) was set up and funded by the Andorran government. All programming on both RNA and ATV was produced by independent companies until 1997 when ORTA began producing all of its own programming. ORTA was replaced by the current organisation, Ràdio i Televisió d'Andorra S.A.

The only current channel available is ATV- the national television channel. However, channels from France and Spain are available.
The most notable fact of Andorran television is that it usually only operates between the hours of 7.30am and 11.45pm. During this time, the news program ATV notices broadcasts news bulletins three times- they are at 1.45pm, 9pm and just before it closes down.

This one channel broadcasts are surprisingly diverse range of programs. They include sporting events, films, music videos and even magazine programs. They also broadcast a children's program called Club Pilot, which is quite popular.

Media Law and Regulations

Andorra's first broadcasting and television laws were passed on the 12th October 1989 in the Principality of Andorra.This is a result of the revolutionary changes with technology, access to information has dramatically altered. Amendments occurring throughout Europe influenced Andorra to make revisions in regards to its regulatory bodies and the media.

The aim of the laws within Andorran media is to regulate the broadcasting agents and services that are declared to serve as a state-owned public service. The government's level of intervention into the media coincides with the international agreement which is currently reflected in their legislations. The Andorran government may assist in the planning and managing of broadcasting networks as it is within the functions of the government.
The radio and television system is viewed as a public state service and are able to broadcast through any telecommunication network. According to Article 4, the regulatory body, Radio i Televsio D'Andorra SA is a public state-owned company.This joint stock company functions to regulate in the production, edition, importing of all image and sound that will be broadcasted through the mediums of satellite or cable.

The Andorran Audio Visual Council (AAC) is a government-established body which will consult, regulate and manage the public company, Radio i Televsio D'Andorran, SA. The public company works under Article 6, who will uphold the Principality of Andorra, ensuring that all forms of broadcasting and telecommunication networks respect and abide by these laws. The laws contained in the Principality of Andorra are set by the government to prevent discrimination against the public and reinforce human rights for its citizens. The law allows anyone that may have taken offence to the any broadcasting programs to file a complaint to the Radio i Televisio d'Andorra. Within a period three day's the appeal would be revised and either a broadcast a rectification.
The outcome of these regulatory bodies has ensured no suppression of information and reinforced freedom of speech for its citizens. Furthermore the government has prohibited any ideological control or preliminary censorship of any form in the media.
All network programs have the freedom of expression. However all broadcasting mediums, radio, newspaper and television must abide by the Principality of Andorra.
Recognising the rights of Andorran citizens when releasing media materials will involve:
  • To respect rights and freedoms of all citizens
  • To act objectively and truthfully
  • Impartiality of information
  • To honour personal intimacy and personal dignity
  • To respect the principles of equality and non discrimination on any personal or social circumstances

Along with the AAC's chairman being a representation of the law, it ensures that all minorities and all youth groups that are after neglected to be heard, and that there is no forms of discrimination, age, gender, background, belief in any broadcasting or telecommunication agent. The law states a 6 month rotation of the chairman of AAC to ensure there is not one individual controlling this organisation and that all citizens will be represented equally and spoken for.
The Andorran media is regulated by bodies that aim for equality and non discrimination within the media. It protects all individuals and promotes their human rights.

Media Ownership

The democratic Andorra has little to no restrictions on its media outlets. The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) has expressed confidence that the country's media outlets act "fairly and equitably," and that its citizens have the right to appeal decisions to a judicial body. This is reiterated in Article 12 of the Andorran constitution, where freedoms of expression and information are recognised. This decreases the amount and possibility of censorship in the country's media.

In addition, the constitution states that state-owned media have the obligation to provide equal access and equal free airtime to all contesting national lists.
Media representatives assured the ODIHR at a 2011 Assessment Mission Report that Andorra's media acted with a very high degree of freedom. This can be seen in the fact that some channels, notably the Radio i Televisio d'Andorra that adopts their own code of journalistic ethics. This shows self-regulation, which is prominent throughout Andorra's media.

Campaigning during election periods are largely unregulated, and there is no independent mechanism or authority supervising the media broadcast. There is only a general principle of non-discrimination in the advertising policy of private media.


Andorra Country Profile, December 2011:
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Andorra Telecom, July 2012:
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Bondia Ad, September 2011:
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Consell Andorrà de l'Audiovisual, May 2010:
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Control de realitzcio, Janaury 2009:
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European Commission, September 2011:
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Govern d'Andorra, August 2012:
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Internet World Stats, April 2012:
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Les pagines web, August 2012: l
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Principality of Andorra, March 2011:
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Radio i Televisio D'Andorra SA, August 2012:
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Radio Station World, February 2012 :
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