SVT Europa (1997-2009)
|Terr Serv 1:||PlusTV (in Finland)|
|Terr Chan 1:||Channel 22|
|Cable Serv 1:||Welho (in Finland)|
|Cable Chan 1:||Channel 138|
|Sat Serv 1:||Eurobird 9|
|Sat Serv 2:||Thaicom 5|
SVT Europa is an international television channel from the Swedish broadcaster Sveriges Television. The channel is available on satellite in Europe and much of Africa, Australia and Asia and terrestrially in whole Finland.
The channel launched in 1988 as TV4 broadcasting a mix of SVT1 and SVT2 terrestrially to the Swedish-speaking areas of southern Finland. The channel was later renamed "SVT4". On December 10, 1997 the channel started broadcasting from the Sirius 2 satellite to all of Europe and was renamed SVT Europa. Initially, only regular households and hotels in the Nordic countries were allowed to receive the channel, but in 1999, cable networks in Spain were allowed to distribute the channel and in 2000 hotels outside the Nordic countries were allowed to include the channel.
In 2005, SVT Europa started broadcasting on the Thaicom 5 satellite and thereby became available in parts of Africa, Asia, and Australia, although this require a large satellite dish of about 2-3 metres. SVT Europa no longer broadcasts from the Sirius 2 satellite, it is now available via the satellite Eurobird 9.
The broadcasts are mostly made up of the Swedish language programmes from SVT1 and SVT2. If both SVT1 and SVT2 show a programme for which SVT doesn't have worldwide rights, programmes from SVT24 or Kunskapskanalen are shown. When SVT1 and SVT2 are not broadcasting, SVT24 is shown. Teletext pages from SVT Text are included in the broadcasts. The radio channels Radio Sweden and SR P4 are also included with SVT Europa.
Analogue terrestrial broadcasts in Finland ceased in 1 September 2007 when Finland switched completely to digital television. On that day, SVT Europa started broadcasting as a digital pay-tv channel there. 
To reflect the fact that the channel is now broadcast in four continents, its named will be changed to SVT World in mid-April 2009. With the namechange the channel will move its playout centre, wich will allow it to broadcast in the widescreen format (instead of the 4:3 letterbox format used until then) and time-shift programmes to be broadcast when it is night-time in Sweden. The channel will also get new graphics. SVT also investigates the possibilities to broadcast the channel in the Americas.