Norway to be first country to ditch FM radio

Norway will become the first country in the world to completely switch from FM to digital broadcasting. Despite the fact that 66% of Norwegians opposed the transition to digital format, the country's parliament still made an unpopular decision.

The fears of the disaffected majority are far from accidental. The fact is that in order to change the broadcasting format, about 2 million car owners will have to replace radios, which cost about $ 180.

In addition, in the event of an emergency, drivers will not hear the warning about the danger. There are serious concerns about older people, many of whom are not familiar with digital devices.

The MPs argue their decision by the high cost of content for two broadcast formats at once - about $ 29 million each. In their opinion, the released funds could be used for other purposes.

Norway is home to about 5 million people, mostly in mountainous areas, which complicates radio broadcasting. Supporters of switching off FM insist that in this situation the digital format is more efficient, and besides, it will be possible to increase the number of radio stations by 8 times.

The EU neighbors, however, are in no hurry to follow the example of Norway. Switzerland plans to go digital in 2020, and the UK and Denmark are just exploring this possibility. But in any case, the experience of Norway will be useful for everyone.