An end of an era! The Norwegian Ministry of Culture has announced that beginning in 2017, the country will eliminate FM radio stations, and transition entirely to Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) as the national standard.

DAB offers numerous advantages to traditional analogue FM radio, including better audio quality, cheaper transmission, reportedly 8 times cheaper than FM, and a larger selection. Norway was the first country to develop DAB, and there are now 22 DAB radio channels nationwide versus just 5 FM channels. Many nations are also developing DAB radio channels but Norway is the first to completely eliminate FM in favor of DAB.

Thor Gjermund Eriksen, head of NRK, the Norwegian public broadcasting company, said: “This is an important day for everyone who loves radio. The minister’s decision allows us to concentrate our resources even more upon what is most important, namely to create high quality and diverse radio-content to our listeners.”