Last update: 19.05.2023 - older versions

On 17 May 2023, the Swedish Press and Broadcasting Authority [Myndigheten för press, radio och tv / MPRT] advertised new digital commercial radio licences. MPRT said it "assesses that the available capacity corresponds to the possibility of the following:

Transmitter network 3:
Five (5) national licences that are regionally divisible into 34 regions.
Up to 29 regional licences, which means free space in all regional areas except Gothenburg,
Trollhättan, Halmstad/Varberg, Borås and Skövde.
Transmitter network 4:
Two (2) national licences that are regionally breakable in 34 regions.
Up to 30 regional licences, which means free space in all regional areas except Stockholm,
Malmö, Helsingborg and Kristianstad.

Transmissions may take place on the basis of the licence from 1 September 2023 at the earliest.
The licences will be valid until 31 July 2026.


On 23 February 2023, the Swedish Ministry of Culture announced that a parliamentary committee will propose how the public service remit should be regulated from 2026 onwards and what should be included in the remit during the licensing period 2026-2033.  This includes the possible expansion of DAB broadcasting. The remit of the inquiry states:

SR and UR operate digital terrestrial radio broadcasting (DAB broadcasting). The broadcasting licence entitles the holder to broadcast in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö areas and in Norrbotten. Several commercial broadcasters operate DAB broadcasts with a licence from the Press, Radio and Television Authority. The licences are valid until July 2026 and include with a requirement to expand to 65% population coverage by 31 July 2025.


The Committee shall therefore


- analyse whether there is a need for an expansion of SR's DAB broadcasting, and if so, describe the costs of such an expansion and make proposals on how it could be financed within the public service remit, without prejudice to the public service remit content.


The mission shall be reported by 30 April 2024.

Committee directive Long-term conditions for a sustainable and independent public service


 The Swedish Regulator MPRT has been commissioned by the Swedish government to review the conditions for commercial radio in the longer term (Ku 2021/01993). In dialogue with relevant actors, including the industry, the authority plans to analyse the need for any changes in the regulations for licensing with the aim of submitting a final report to the Ministry of Culture by December 2022.  

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: 02.03.2022 - 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.

Visit the Teracom website  for coverage maps.

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.

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: 08.03.2022 - older versions

In Sweden, 84% of new cars sold in 2021 have DAB+ as standard (Source: JATO Dynamics 2022).

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: 02.03.2022 - older versions

The Swedish Press, Radio and Television Authority MPRT has been commissioned by the Swedish government to review the conditions for commercial radio in the longer term (Ku 2021/01993). In dialogue with relevant actors, including the industry, the authority plans to analyse the need for any changes in the regulations for licensing.  According to the MPRT website, the review timeline is as follows:

  • May 2022 - publish an interim report with survey and analysis of digital radio development in Europe and analysis of market in Sweden
  • Autumn 2022 - submit a draft report analysing the need for possible changes
  • December 2022 - report to the Ministry of Culture

Key features of 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 were valid from September 2, 2014 to September 20, 2022. All license holders 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 requested further suspension with the launch. MPRT granted them suspension until January 1, 2020 and adjusted the condition of phase expansion. MRTV stated that there would be no requirements on bit rate per service. However, the maximum number of services per commercial multiplex would be 16. The commercial license holders were 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), got their license directly from the Government. The license period was six years valid until 31 December 2019 allowing 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.


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. 

MPRT advertises seven national and 59 regional DAB+ licences in Sweden
19.05.2023 - Sweden Sweden
The Swedish Press and Broadcasting Authority (MPRT) has advertised seven national licences on the two DAB+ networks for commercial radio. Five of them will be on Bauer Media's DAB+ network and two on Viaplay's network. There is also room for up to 29 regional channels on the Bauer network and 30 on the Viaplay network. In total, up to 59 regional channels can be authorised in the 34 regions. Each programme service may use a transmission capacity of at least 72 kilobits per second.

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Capacity for seven more national DAB+ channels in Sweden
06.04.2023 - Sweden Sweden
The Swedish Press and Broadcasting Authority [Myndigheten för press, radio och tv / MPRT] plans to advertise free space in the DAB+ broadcasting networks for digital commercial radio in May 2023. The Authority estimates that the space corresponds to approximately seven national programme services and several regional stations. The licences will begin to apply in the early autumn of 2023. More detailed information will be provided in the call for applications in May. Prior to the call, there is a draft strategy for the granting of licences and draft regulations on the application procedure and impact assessment.

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Swedish public service inquiry to consider expansion of DAB+
23.02.2023 - Sweden Sweden
Public education and journalism for the whole country are emphasised in the government's directives to the new public service inquiry. The Government believes that broadcasting over the terrestrial network will continue to be important in the coming licence period, particularly in the case of radio, and has commissioned the inquiry to investigate whether there is a need to expand Swedish Radio's DAB+ broadcasting.

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MPRT proposes future conditions for commercial radio
21.12.2022 - Sweden Sweden
The Swedish Press, Radio and Television Authority (MPRT) has today - in two reports - presented its mission to the government on the conditions for commercial radio in the longer term. MPRT makes proposals for the future conditions for commercial radio and has mapped and analysed the development of digital radio in Europe and the market for digital radio in Sweden. The Authority believes that radio needs to be available on all platforms in order to be competitive in a digital media world. This gives radio the opportunity to develop content that suits the listener regardless of the platform the media consumer chooses to listen to. The Authority intends to announce additional space for digital commercial radio in 2023.

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All DAB+ licences extended until 2026
25.09.2022 - Sweden Sweden
The Swedish Press and Broadcasting Authority [Myndigheten för press, radio och tv / MPRT] has decided to extend all licences for commercial digital radio (DAB+). The licences, which were due to expire at the end of September, are therefore valid until 31 July 2026. All licence holders have applied for and received the extension, which is being implemented to synchronise the licence periods for analogue and digital commercial radio. Available space in the two DAB+ commercial networks, operated by Bauer and Viaplay, will be put out to tender by MPRT. The authority says that a timetable has not yet been set but that it expects the call to be made after the New Year.

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DAB+: deployment in Europe continues
06.09.2022 - France France - Switzerland Switzerland - Germany Germany - Sweden Sweden
While regional deployments are continuing in France and Switzerland is preparing to abandon FM for good in favour of digital radio, even though digital radio now accounts for more than half of all car radio listening there, several European countries are stepping up their initiatives... In Germany, a study shows that the DAB+ audience is younger on average than the radio audience. This is good news for the rejuvenation of the radio audience. In Sweden, the country has just transposed the European directive on DAB+ (obligation to integrate DAB+ into car receivers). Sweden was one of the last countries not to have transposed the directive in the EU.

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Requirements for digital radio in Swedish cars have been introduced
27.06.2022 - Sweden Sweden
Since 3 June, all new cars sold in Sweden with a car radio must be able to receive terrestrial digital radio, in practice DAB+. The rule has been written into the Vehicle Regulation as part of the implementation of the new European Code for Electronic Communications. The rule does not apply to vehicles that have been placed on the market before December 2020. Sweden is one of the last countries in the EU to implement the rule on DAB+ receivers in cars. The EU decided in November 2018 that the rule would be introduced by the member states on 20 December 2020. The government presented a consultation on the issue in September 2019, but the preparation for the Ministry of Infrastructure was not completed until this year.

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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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Key Information

Status: regular
Population: 9.1 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 43%
Services: 52 DAB+, 1 Data
New cars with DAB/DAB+ as standard: Sparkline Graph 84%
Last update: 08.03.2022

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