Average daily TV viewing time in the Nordic countries 2013-2018

The Nordic country with highest daily television viewing time in 2018 was Finland, with 165 minutes on average. Denmark came second, at 142 minutes per day. By contrast, the average daily TV viewing time in Iceland amounted to 89 minutes.

Average daily TV viewing time in the Nordic countries from 2013 to 2018

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Release date

October 2019


Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden

Survey time period

2013 to 2017

Age group

Denmark, Sweden: Age 3+, Finland**: Age 4+, Iceland: Age 12-80, Norway: Age 12+*****

Special properties

among the TV population****; include Live + VOSDAL/viewed on the same day as live + timeshift within 7 days

Supplementary notes

* The decrease in total TV viewing 2016 is partly due to a minor change in the method used in the TV-Meter survey. A larger change in method in 2017 – the TV viewing now include timeshift within 7 days and is calculated among all Danes and not just TV households.
** until 2015: population aged 10 years and older; from 2016 onwards: population aged 4 years and older.
*** data for week 42 each year. With the introduction of TV-meter measuring, catch-up-channels which broadcasts the transmissions one hour later are included.
**** except for Denmark in 2017: share of total population.
***** until 2017: popuation aged 12 years and older; from 2018 onwards: population aged 10-79 years.

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