Denmark

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

In this country there are

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 http://www.digitalradio.dk

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 - www.mereradio.dk - providing information on digital radio in Denmark.  The campaign will receive basic public funding and will be supported by the Danish radio industry.  

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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.

 

The Radio and Television Board's invitation to tender for licences for DAB block 3
04.12.2014 - Denmark Denmark
The Radio and Television Board has announced it is inviting tenders for 13 licences in DAB block 3. Applicants will be reviewed after the 26th January and will be based on a beauty contest process.

(Danish Agency for Culture) Read more


Government to spend 10.7 million on digital radio campaign
15.10.2014 - Denmark Denmark
A campaign will be implemented to raise awareness of digital radio throughout Denmark. Government will be funding this campaign with the support of 10.7 million kr. This precedes the FM switchover date of 2019.

(Danish Culture Agency) Read more


Infographic: WorldDMB shows digital radio progress
16.09.2014 - United Kingdom United Kingdom - Australia Australia - Norway Norway - France France - Switzerland Switzerland - Denmark Denmark - Germany Germany - Italy Italy - Netherlands Netherlands
Infographics developed by WorldDMB report that from 2008 - 2013; over 1.6 million DAB+ receivers have sold in Australia; 1.5 million in Switzerland; nearly 1.2 milion in Norway, but over 20 million throughout the U.K.

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WorldDMB: World boom in digital radio
14.09.2014 - Australia Australia - United Kingdom United Kingdom - Germany Germany - Netherlands Netherlands - Denmark Denmark - Italy Italy - Switzerland Switzerland - France France - Norway Norway
Digital radio network coverage has continued to expand throughout Europe over the past year, according to a new report launched at IBC by WorldDMB, a global industry forum for digital radio promoting DAB, DAB+ and DMB. Many countries are already experiencing almost complete penetration of digital radio; it is now at 99% in Switzerland, 98% in Denmark, 95% in Netherlands, 94% in the UK and 91% in Germany. Although in pre-launch phase, Italy has already reached 65% population coverage.

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Danes Make Plans for DAB+ Switch
25.04.2014 - Denmark Denmark
The Danish government has altered the timeline for the country’s transition from DAB to DAB+, shifting it to occur between 2016 and 2018, according to Radio.NL.

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Revised timetable for switch from DAB to DAB+ in Denmark
22.04.2014 - Denmark Denmark
Denmark initially planned the switch from DAB to DAB+ to commence later this year.However a new timetable from the Danish government has pushed back this switch to take place between 2016 and 2018

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Revised timeline for rollout of DAB+ approved by Danish politicians
18.03.2014 - Denmark Denmark
A new regional DAB MUX-3 will be implemented in DAB+ format in 13 regions and be ready for use in 2015.

(http://www.kulturstyrelsen.dk/) Read more


BMW Calls for Clear Decision About Radio Standards
17.03.2014 - Denmark Denmark
Bertram Hock, group leader, Broadcast Receiver Development for automaker BMW, says the Danish government needs to make a clear decision about DAB radio.

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BMW: Take the decision on FM switch off now
13.03.2014 - Denmark Denmark
BMW calls on politicians to make a clear decision on the future of DAB and calls for consumers to be properly informed of the exciting new opportunities available via digital radio.

( RadioAssistant.dk) Read more


Denmark shifts from DAB to DAB+ and makes room for “a digital radio explosion”
25.09.2013 - Denmark Denmark
Danes will be able to receive more digital radio channels than ever before from 2014 as Denmark approves a revised timetable for transition to DAB+ digital radio.

(RadioAssistant) 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
Digitalradio.dk
DR DK
DR RADIOKANALER
Kanal Plus
Danish Agency for Culture