Last update: 28.05.2021 - older versions

DAB transmissions in Sweden started in 1995 and today population coverage stands at 42%, with services from public service broadcaster Swedish Radio (SR) and commercial radio. 

Swedish Radio operates a multiplex covering 42% of the population in the capital of Stockholm as well as in Södertälje, Uppsala, Gothenburg, Malmö and Luleå.

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT) also has a multiplex in operation covering Stockholm, Uppsala, Gävle. This multiplex was expanded in to Gothenburg and Malmö and now covers 43% of the population.

In November 2019, Swedish Radio submitted an application to the Ministry of Culture for a national DAB+ permit for the 2020-2025 period. With its current permit, the public broadcaster is authorised to broadcast digital radio in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Norrbotten. As part of its new application, Swedish Radio has requested a nationwide permit for ten channels.

In February 2020, Bauer Media announced it would be launching DAB+ services in Sweden in the summer of 2020, with multiplexes launching in the cities of Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö.

Bauer Media broadcasts started in July 2020, and increased them in November 2020 with the launch of DAB+ services in Gotenburg and Malmo. Bauer Media's DAB services now cover 40% of the population, and are expected to reach 50% by the end of 2021.

Last update: 31.10.2019 - older versions

The Swedish DAB network (mux 1) is operated by Teracom AB and covers the cities Stockholm, Södertälje, Uppsala, Enköping, Luleå, Malmö and Göteborg using a multi-frequency network on frequencies 12C and 12B. The coverage of mux 1 is currently 41.8% of the population or about 3 million people. 

Mux 1 holds 8-10 regular and licensed services, all from Swedish Radio. All services in mux 1 are currently broadcast in DAB. All audio services hold DLS.

The Swedish DAB+ network (mux 2) is operated by Teracom AB under a specific test license and covers major cities Stockholm, Uppsala and Gävle using a multi-frequency network on frequencies 12C and 12D. Coverage reaches 27% of the population or about 2.5 million people. Mux 2 currently holds 9 pilot services from several major broadcasters (MTG radio and SBS radio), as well as some local community radios. All services in mux 2 are broadcasted in DAB+. All audio services hold DLS and SLS.

Please visit the Teracom website  for coverage maps.

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.

Mux1: 10 DAB+ audio channels from public service broadcaster Swedish Radio, including event channels that are only broadcast at specific months/weeks. In total there are 6-7 DAB services on air at any given time, one of which is simulcast on FM. Most of the other DAB+ channels are available online, but not broadcast on FM. All audio channels carry DLS and Slideshow. In addition, a trial version of TPEG is being broadcast.

Event channels

  • Christmas channel
  • Summer channel
  • Eurovision song contest channel
  • Classical music channel

Mux 2: 9 DAB+ audio channels from the major commercial radio groups, including NENT and Bauer Media. Four of them simulcast on FM nationwide. The rest of the DAB+ channels are available online, or very locally on FM. One channel, Lugna Favoriter, is only available online, and not broadcast on FM. All audio channels carry DLS and Slideshow. In addition, a trial version of TPEG is being broadcast.

Future Services on Air

The Swedish Broadcast Authority have announced licenses for commercial digital radio. A total of 25 stations have been awarded a license. 21 of which are national licenses and four are regional stations. 12 of the national stations are unique to digital radio and not broadcast on FM. The licensing allows for a significant increase in range of stations throughout Sweden.

Licenses will be valid from 2nd October 2014 until 30th September 2022 and broadcasting is to begin no later than 1st October 2015.  

More information is available here. Private radio has asked for permission to delay the launch.

Feature of services on air in Sweden

“P4 Bjällerklang” is a pop-up station playing “the most beloved and popular Christmas songs” in both familiar and unexpected versions, around the clock on digital radio (DAB) and on the web. The channel exists in December and January and is now broadcasting for the fifth year in a row. This is a good example of a pop-up station that uses the flexibility of the DAB/DAB+ standard to meet occasional listener demands.

“Knattekanalen” is a children’s station playing “new music mixed with familiar
songs and children’s pop from all times”. The channel broadcast in DAB and on the web each day
from six o’clock in the morning till eight at night. Children and their parents know that when they want to listen to children’s programs, there is always something on.



Simulcast on AM / FM Exclusive on digital Total of services
DAB+ programmes 29 23 52
Data services 0 1 1

Last update: 30.09.2014 - older versions

There is no official data on the sales of DAB/DAB+ car tuners in Sweden. However, all major brands such as Volvo, Volkswagen, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Mini, Mitsubishi, Skoda, Land Rover, Mercedes and Honda offer DAB/DAB+ car tuners as an option.

Volvo Cars, with a 20% total market share in Sweden, have stated that in about 7% of the cases where a new Volvo is sold, the customer has requested the optional DAB/DAB+ tuner.

Last update: 14.07.2015 - older versions

Sales in 2013 were 15,000 receivers which means the accumulated sales 2006-2013 is 37,000 receivers.

27,000 of these units are dated from 2012 and onwards, i.e. capable of DAB+ decoding. In comparison the 15,000 units sold per year is almost 4% of the total sales in Home and Portable Audio segment.

Given the estimated 27,000 DAB+ units, the household penetration in Sweden today is appoximately 1%.  


Last update: 30.09.2014 - older versions

In 2009, pilot transmissions of DAB+ started and the coverage quickly reached 22% of the population with 16 trial services from public service radio, commercial radio and community local radio.

Last update: 15.04.2020 - older versions

Regulation and Spectrum
Key features of regulation for digital radio regulation in Sweden are;

  • Band III 
  • One MUX in big cities only
  • Switch-off date is to be set for analogue radio migration to DAB+
  • Cost of parallel transmission on analogue and digital to be supported by the Government
  • Industry co-ordinator has been appointed by the government to assure a transition by 2022

Regulation for Commercial Radio

In October 2012, all major commercial broadcasters applied for a total of 22 licences in both national and regional VHF Band III networks. The licenses for digital commercial radio are valid from September 2, 2014 to September 20, 2022. There are currently 25 licenses. All license holders have hitherto requested suspension with the broadcast start and referred to the uncertainty about whether there is a transition from analogue to digital radio and when such a possible transition can occur. Bauer Media AB, NRJ Sweden AB and Norrköping Radio & Co AB have requested further suspension with the launch. MPRT has granted them suspension until January 1, 2020 and adjusted the condition of phase expansion. MRTV have stated that there will be no requirements on bit rate per service. However, the maximum number of services per commercial multiplex will be 16. The commercial license holders are obliged to co-operate in technical matters including choice of network operator. Coverage requirements may be imposed to ensure that the digital broadcasts reach a certain proportion of the population within the broadcasting area.

Regulation for Public Service Radio

The public service broadcaster, Swedish Radio (SR), gets their license directly from the Government. The license period is six years with the current license valid until 31 December 2019 and allows Swedish Radio to broadcast digital radio using DAB/DAB+ in VHF Band III, but only to four regions in Sweden (Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmo and Norrbotten) and with a maximum number of nine services (Stockholm and Norrbotten) or 10 (Gothenburg and Malmo). 

Spectrum for DAB/DAB+ digital radio

At the spectrum conference GE-2006 Sweden was awarded a total spectrum equivalent to of 4 nationwide DAB/DAB+ multiplexers in Band III. Three of the four multiplexes are MFNs (making regional insertion possible up to the maximum of 34 available frequency layers). In 2010 the Swedish Government awarded two of the four multiplexers (spectrum-wise) to public service radio and remaining two multiplexers to commercial radio.

Applications for licenses

Anyone who wants to broadcast digital commercial radio must apply for a licence with MPRT when such is advertised. A licence to broadcast digital commercial radio entails the right to broadcast a programming service (channel) within the broadcasting area specified in the licence. In an application process, applicants submit their application to the Authority, which then assesses it based on the criteria stated in the Swedish Radio and Television Act. More info here.

Last update: 19.08.2019 - older versions

Following the launch of regular DAB+ in Sweden, a website dedicated to DAB+ developments in Sweden was launched in August 2019 -  http://dabplus.se/

Last update: 30.09.2014

Sweden has an Emergency Warning System using FM/RDS (PTy31) to send an alert flag making it possible for receivers and transmitters to change audio to the emergency channel, Swedish Radios channel P4. It is not unlikely that this feature will be imposed on a digital system. 

Bauer expands DAB+ services in Sweden
25.11.2020 - Sweden Sweden
Bauer Media has launched DAB+ digital radio broadcasts in Sweden's Gothenburg and Malmö. With this launch, Bauer's ten stations will be now be available to approximately 40% of the population.

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Bauer Media Sweden partners with Paneda
26.10.2020 - Sweden Sweden
Bauer Media Audio Sweden has chosen Paneda for its digital radio broadcasts in Sweden's metropolitan regions Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. Earlier this year, Bauer Media revealed its plans to launch ten stations on DAB+ in these three cities, covering over 40% of the country's population.

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Paneda signs new agreement with Telenor Norge AS
15.10.2020 - Paneda WorldDAB Member - Telenor Norge AS WorldDAB Member - Sweden Sweden
Paneda has signed a contract with Telenor Norge AS, BMS (Broadcast and Media Services) for the national commercial DAB multiplexer system in Norway, which is now in full operation. This national multiplex is one of the world’s largest DAB networks with a total number of more than 220 transmitters which operates in SFN (Single Frequency Network) nationwide.

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Radio Metro signs frame agreement with Paneda for DAB systems
29.07.2020 - Paneda WorldDAB Member - Sweden Sweden - Norway Norway
The agreement covers up to six complete DAB systems with encoders and multiplexers. Three of the systems are already in operation, and the others will follow by the end of the year.

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Paneda signs DAB agreement with RTI cz in Czech Republic
23.07.2020 - Paneda WorldDAB Member - Sweden Sweden - Czech Republic Czech Republic
Paneda has signed a contract with the national multiplexer and network operator RTI cz in Czech Republic. The contract includes DAB multiplexing and audio encoding as well as metadata systems.

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Bauer starts DAB+ broadcasts in Stockholm
19.07.2020 - Sweden Sweden
Bauer Media has started DAB+ broadcasts on channel 12A in Sweden's capital, Stockholm. Bauer Media will initially broadcast seven channels on DAB+, a number that is set to increase to 10 in the near future. 35 percent of the population will be able to be reached by the broadcasts on 1 October, and 50 percent a year later.

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Sweden - DAB+ development in full swing
14.05.2020 - Sweden Sweden
NENT has helped drive the development of DAB+ in Sweden, having first launched 13 DAB+ stations in July 2018 in Stockholm, Gävle and Uppsala. This was then followed by Swedish Radio's application for a DAB+ permit in November 2019, and Bauer Media in February 2020, which is set to start DAB+ services in Sweden in the summer of 2020.

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Swedish Radio extends DAB+ offering in Sweden
21.03.2020 - Sweden Sweden
The public broadcaster has launched P3 on DAB+ in Stockholm, as well as Gothenburg, Malmö and Norrbotten. In addition, Swedish Radio has also launched its largest station, P4, regionally in Gothenburg, Malmö and Norrbotten. Swedish Radio is allowed to broadcast nine digital channels in Stockholm and Norrbotten and 10 in Gothenburg and Malmö.

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Bauer Media to launch 10 DAB+ digital radio stations
19.02.2020 - Sweden Sweden
A total of ten radio channels will be available on DAB+ to over 40% of the population of Sweden, in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö.

(Dagens Media) Read more

Bauer to start DAB+ broadcasts in Sweden
19.02.2020 - Sweden Sweden
Bauer Media will start digital radio broadcasts in Sweden's metropolitan regions Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. A total of 10 radio channels will reach over 40 percent of the population via DAB+.

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Key Information

Status: regular
Population: 9.1 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 43%
Services: 52 DAB+, 1 Data
Last update: 23.09.2020

Useful Links

Digital commercial radio licensing - the Swedish Broadcasting Authority
Sveriges Radio