In parts of it country this year, FM stations will begin to change steps off from next week and the shutdown process will be completed by the year ending, to be switched from FM to digital audio Broadcasting 'DAB,' because the digital option offers more channels, better audio quality and savings for broadcasters, Norway government says.
"The govt. in a statement said, the reason that Norway is the first is because of the Norwegian landscape, which has deep fjords, high mountains and scattered communities. This makes it particularly expensive to operate the Norwegian FM networks compared with other countries,"
The government estimates that radio stations will save more than 200 million kroner ($23.5 million) a year by ditching FM, allowing them to invest further in radio content.
It doesn't expect any jobs will be directly affected by the shutdown as stations will switch to broadcasting via DAB, which move from analogue to digital comes after more than a decade of government planning.
Norway's local radio association -- Norsk Lokalradioforbund -- has also warned that the cost of buying new radios will hit consumers.
Other countries, including the United Kingdom, are considering whether to switch from FM to digital radio, so the success of this transition will be closely monitored.
Norway has a population of about 5.2 million people. About 70% of homes already have DAB radios, according to Radio.no, a website backed by the country's public broadcaster.