04/21/2015 11:05 EDT | Updated 04/21/2015 11:59 EDT

Norway To End FM Radio In 2017, The First Country To Do So

In what reports say is a first, Norway has announced it will be shutting down its FM radio stations in 2017 and switching to digital.

“Radio digitisation will open the door to a far greater range of radio channels, benefiting listeners across the country," the country's culture minister, Thorhild Widvey, said in a statement.

"Listeners will have access to more diverse and pluralistic radio content, and enjoy better sound quality and new functionality. Digitisation will also greatly improve the emergency preparedness system, facilitate increased competition and offer new opportunities for innovation and development."

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