Annual TV and radio license fees in Norway 2009-2019

In the last decade, the annual broadcasting license fee in Norway steadily increased. In 2019, Norwegians had to pay 3,038.56 Norwegian kroner to access public TV and radio channels. Until December 31, 2019, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) collected the fees on behalf of Norway’s Ministry of Culture. From January 1, 2020 onwards, NRK will be financed from the state budget. Therefor the license fee was ceased.

Who has to pay and what is NRK’s remit?

Every owner of a TV set and digital decoder in Norway had to pay the TV and radio license fee. That means that the license only applied to the registered person and not to the address. NRK has a public service remit. It delivers a broad range of programs, based on quality, reliability, and relevance. Besides, NRK just broadcasts unbiased and non-commercial content.

NRK’s offer

NRK provides three television channels, 14 domestic radio channels, as well as internet, podcast, and mobile phone services. Its TV station with the highest audience share is NRK1. In 2018, its audience share amounted to 31 percent. By contrast, the second channel of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, NRK2, had an audience share of five percent that year.

Annual TV and radio license fees in Norway from 2009 to 2019

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Release date

January 2019



Survey time period

2009 to 2019

Special properties

incl. VAT

Supplementary notes

Some figures were taken from previous publications.

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