Last update: 20.11.2020 - older versions

The Danish government has proposed a closure of FM broadcasting two years after more than half of radio listening is digital or in 2021 at the latest. Press release (in Danish) Full document (in Danish)

National DAB+ services

In August 2019, Viacom announced the launch of MTV Radio. The radio station, which is only available in digital format, is available to DAB+ listeners nationwide.

In November 2020, Bauer Media launched three national radio stations - including the launch of new station Pop FM 80s - bringing the total number of Bauer's national stations on DAB+ to nine.

EECC implementation

In June 2020, the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Supply, in charge of the implementation of the Code, published its Draft Proposal implementing parts of the EECC Code. Under chapter 6b on “Applications of regulations”, the proposed bill states the obligation for manufacturers and importers of Class M vehicles to ensure that a car radio receiver which is built into new class M vehicles, consists of a receiver that can receive and reproduce radio services broadcast via digital terrestrial radio transmission. The public consultation period for the draft legislation ended on 11 November 2020

Last update: 30.03.2016 - older versions

Multiplex 2’s coverage was improved during 2012 and both multiplexes now have close to 98% indoor coverage.

Estimated timeline for DAB+ gatekeeper beauty contest

Jan 2016: Decision concerning operating model (gatekeeper)
Q1 2016: Preparation of EU tender material
Q2-3 2016: EU tender prequalification (RFI) and main bid (RFQ)
Q4 2016: Announcement of winner
Q1 2017: Establishment of commercial DAB+ multiplex
Q2 2017: Gatekeeper operation launched

Last update: 03.03.2021 - older versions

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on air.

Please note:

(a)    These web pages are updated regularly to reflect current services on air, however they may not be exactly up to date.

(b)    The logos shown on these pages are for illustrative purposes only – manufacturers and broadcasters are directed here for information on implementing station logos.

Simulcast on AM / FM Exclusive on digital Total of services
DAB+ programmes 120 63 183

Last update: 18.06.2021 - older versions

In Denmark, following a relaxation in tax rules which treated digital radio as a “luxury good”, the proportion of cars fitted with DAB as standard has increased dramatically to 62% as of H2 2020 – up from 5% in 2015 (Source: JATO Dynamics 2021).

Last update: 08.10.2020 - older versions

Cumulative sales of DAB receivers have reached 1.9 million (excludes scrapped units) (Source: Branchen ForbrugerElektronik estimate Q2 2015). Approximately 300 specialised electrical retail stores currently sell DAB radios. Supermarket and food chains are also significant players with frequent product offerings. For information on the Danish market please visit

In January 2015 Danish Retailer Elgiganten reported 50% increase on sales year on year compared to Christmas 2013, and two other retailers Fona and Hi-Fi Club in South Jutland reported tripling of nationwide sales.

Last update: 10.09.2013 - older versions

A local trial is conducted in DAB+ by grass roots station Kanal Plus based on off-the-shelf hardware and encoder/modulator software. The multiplex comprises local radio stations from the area north-northwest of Copenhagen.

Last update: 06.03.2019 - older versions

On 29th April 2015 the Danish Ministry of Culture, together with all political parties, finalised and published a new roadmap for digital radio, saying "the limited frequency space on FM means that we will eventually turn off FM". Read the press release here.

The overall focus of the roadmap is to speed up the process of utilising capacity in the DAB network and to secure a more rapid development of the network. 

Key features of the roadmap are:

- decision to switch off FM to be taken when 50% of listening is digital

- swap of content on MUX1 and MUX2 at the end of 2016 which will ensure that available frequencies can be brought into use, making it possible to have a commercial network operator of MUX1

- "Gatekeeper Model" will be adopted for MUX 1 (currently owned by Danish Radio) which will drive the market

- full transition from DAB to DAB+ by 1 Oct 2017

- new licences for spare capacity in MUX3 available by end 2015

The consensus is that FM shutdown is inevitable, in order to offer listeners more choice and the goal is to stimulate new channels on DAB.  By end 2015 new licences will be available for application, and a shift from DAB to DAB+ is now underway. 

Denmark has one of the highest numbers of DAB users per capita in the world, with 40% of the population having access to a digital radio.  Public service broadcaster DR (Danish Radio) began regular services in 2002 and more than 36% of all radio listening is digital.

Last update: 21.04.2020 - older versions

Denmark's Palaces and Culture Agency, with communications agency Prime Time, produced a public information campaign on digital radio which was broadcast across Denmark in 2017, 2018 and 2019. The campaign inform everyone that DAB radio will be transmitted in DAB+ from 1st October 2017 and have furthermore as its goal to move radio listening from analogue to digital. 



An industry forum has been established with the participation of major stakeholders, as well as a website portal - - providing information on digital radio in Denmark.  The campaign will receive basic public funding and will be supported by the Danish radio industry.  

Download flyer 

Facebook profile

YouTube profile (campaign videos)

Christmas Campaign 2017

A video advertisement will run on national TV and also on Facebook, web tv and YouTube.


Denmark to shut down FM by 2021
05.04.2018 - Denmark Denmark
The government will shut down for FM radio by 2021. The government wants citizens to switch quickly to DAB and that citizens will have more radio channels to choose from.

(DR Denmark) Read more

Denmark to switch off FM from 2021
05.04.2018 - Denmark Denmark
FM will be switched off in Denmark no later than 2021. According to the Government, it is about accelerating the transition to DAB and providing a basis for the citizens to receive a larger radio broadcast. According to DR Media Research, about 38 percent of radio broadcasting this year is digital.

(Digitalt) Read more

Danish government looks to cease FM by 2021
05.04.2018 - Denmark Denmark
The Danish government has announced it will explore ending FM broadcast services by 2021 at the latest, or before if digital listening figures exceed 50%. The announcement is part of the government's new media policy.

(Radionytt Sweden) Read more

Denmark proposes FM switchoff by 2021 at the latest
05.04.2018 - Denmark Denmark
The Danish government has announced a new media policy, including plans to end FM services by 2021, or before if digital listening figures reach 50%.

(Denmark Ministry of Culture (press release)) Read more

Denmark proposes FM switchoff by 2021
05.04.2018 - Denmark Denmark
The Danish government will shut down the FM network in 2021, following the DSO of Norway last year.

(Lokalradio Norway) Read more

Denmark proposes FM switchoff by 2021
05.04.2018 - Denmark Denmark
The Danish government has proposed to switch off FM radio by 2021, or within two years after digital listening exceeds 50%, in a move to accelerate the transition to DAB+ digital radio. This is following announcement of a new government media policy.

(Regeringen) Read more

Danish government to switch off FM in 2021
05.04.2018 - Denmark Denmark
Denmark will switch off FM no later than 2021, according to a new media policy announced by the government. The new policy states the switchoff can potentiall occur two years after digital listening figures exceed 50%.

(Ingeniøren) Read more

Denmark to switch off FM by 2021
05.04.2018 - Denmark Denmark
A new government recommendation states that FM will be switched off by 2021 at the latest in order to accelerate the digitisation of radio.

(Journalisten) Read more

Goodbye to FM radio in Denmark
05.04.2018 - Denmark Denmark
Denmark's FM network will be switched off from 2021, or earlier if digital listening figures exceed 50%, from which the switchoff will take place after two years.

(Jyllands-Posten) Read more

DAB+ news from Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands
23.01.2018 - Paneda WorldDAB Member - Germany Germany - Denmark Denmark - Netherlands Netherlands
Beginning 31 January, 12 new commercial radio stations will take to the air via DAB+ in the German cities of Leipzig and Freiberg, due to promotion of local DAB+ multiplexes by the Saxon State Media Authority for Private Broadcasting and New Media (SLM). In Denmark, transmission services provider Teracom has ordered three additional DAB+ multiplexers from Paneda. In the Flanders part of the Netherlands, anyone traveling between Central Zeeland and Zeeuws-Vlaanderen can now continue to listen to DAB+ in the car without interruption.

(Radio magazine) Read more

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Key Information

Status: regular
Population: 5.8 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 98%
Services: 183 DAB+
Line-fit automotive sales (cumulative): 393,270 devices
New cars with DAB/DAB+ as standard: Sparkline Graph 93%
Total Sales (cumulative): 1,547,000 devices
Penetration by household: Sparkline Graph 36%
Last update: 01.11.2021

Useful Links

Mere Denmark
DR DK Digital Radio
Kanal Plus
Danish Agency for Culture