Number of Norwegian radio channels
The overview of nationwide, regional and local radio channels in Norway is based upon information from the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) and the Norwegian Media Authority. NRK publishes annual reports in which the company's activities are accounted for. The Norwegian Media Authority is responsible for granting licences to local broadcasts, and has information about number of licences granted, and about companies and owners.

In the period 2010-2017 some channels in local radio chains in the FM network were granted a nationwide DAB license. These channels were included both in the number of local channels and among nationwide channels.

Number of Norwegian radio channels 1988 - 2018

Type
Reach
1980198119821983198419851986198719881989  
FMNationwide--------22 
 Regional--------1818 
 Local--------486458 
Type
Reach
1990199119921993199419951996199719981999  
FMNationwide2224444444 
 Regional18181818181818181818 
 Local442422424416386369308312297286 
DABNationwide-----11223 
Type
Reach
2000200120022003200420052006200720082009  
FMNationwide4444555555 
 Regional18181616161616161616 
 Local274259274267259249249242241237 
DABNationwide3333345898 
 Regional2222343221 
Type
Reach
201020112012201320142015201620172018  
FMNationwide555555500 
 Regional1616161616161600 
 Local250253251250238231208186184 
DABNationwide111213131518243130 
 Regional11111111515 
 Local-------4227 
Notes:

The national FM network closed down in 2017, while local FM transmitters are still in use.

In the period 2010-2017some channels in local radio chains in the FM network, were licensed to transmit nationwide in DAB/DAB+. These channels were included both in the number of nationwide DAB/DAB+ channels as well as in the number of local FM channels.

2010 onwards DAB includes DAB+. In the future one expects all DAB transmissions in Norway to be converted to DAB+.

Prior to the DAB transition in 2017 some DAB channels were also broadcast in the FM net in the large cities. FM channels may also have been distributed in DAB/DAB+; this was the case for the nation-wide channels and several local radio channels.

Number of local channels refers to number of licences. Not all channels holding a licence are necessarily in operation.

Regional FM channels consist of NRK's regional transmissions ('windows'), including sami transmissions. The regional DAB channel since 2010 is NRK Vær, which transmits in the coastal areas.

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