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Nickelodeon (Scandinavian TV channel)

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Logo used since 2023[a]
Broadcast areaDenmark
Picture formatSDTV 576i
OwnerParamount Networks EMEAA
Sister channelsNickelodeon Denmark
Nick Jr.
Launched1 February 1997[1]

Nickelodeon is a children's channel broadcasting in Denmark, Norway and Finland. It broadcasts programming from the similarly branded channels in the United Kingdom and the United States as well as a few locally produced programmes.

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The channel started broadcasting in 1996 as a part of the analogue Viasat package, only broadcasting in the morning, sharing one transponder on Sirius 1 (previously Marcopolo 1) with ZTV and one on TV Sat 2 shared with 3+ and other Danish channels.[2] The official launch was on 1 February 1997.[3] Initially it was only broadcasting for six hours between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. A few years later, it switched to another transponder, allowing it to broadcast between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Nickelodeon was launched as a free-to-air television channel in Sweden in 2001 and in Finland on 1 September 2007.

On 18 June 2008, a separate channel for Sweden was launched. Nickelodeon Sweden replaced the pan-Nordic channel in all of the country. The pan-Nordic does however continue to be available in Denmark, Finland and Norway.

A Danish version, Nickelodeon Denmark, was launched in March 2008.[4][5] It was launched with VH1 Denmark, which aired Nickelodeon for six hours in the morning. The Pan-Nordic version is still available to Danish satellite viewers.

In 2011, the channel started broadcasting commercials in Norwegian, despite also being available in Denmark and Finland at the time.[6]

On 7 January 2013, Viacom launched a Finnish version of Nick Jr. which replaced Nickelodeon Scandinavia on cable and in the terrestrial network.[7][8] Nickelodeon Scandinavia continues to be available on satellite in Finland. Also, Nickelodeon continued to be available with a Finnish audio track on the pan-American Pluto TV channel of Nickelodeon Totally Teen.

Nickelodeon Denmark

Logo used since 2023[a]
Broadcast areaDenmark
HeadquartersCopenhagen, Denmark
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Picture format1080i HDTV 16:9
(downscaled to 576i for the SD feed)
OwnerParamount Networks EMEAA
Launched1996 (as part of Nickelodeon Scandinavia)
15 March 2008 (as a separate feed)

The channel was launched on 15 March 2008 with the launch of VH1 Denmark, where it was broadcast between 6:00 am and 12:00 pm. From 1996 to 2008, Denmark had been served by the pan-Nordic Nickelodeon Scandinavia. The Pan-Nordic channel continues to be available on satellite. VH1 stopped simulcasting Nickelodeon around New Year's Eve 2008/2009, which meant that the two channels had their own frequencies in analogue cable networks such as YouSee and Telia Stofa, where Nickelodeon would now be available between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm.[9][10][11]

On 1 September 2009 the channel started broadcasting between 5:00 am and 7:00 pm[12][13] The channel has been available on the digital terrestrial Boxer TV platform since November 2009.[14] Nickelodeon was one of the least watched children's channels in Denmark in 2008, with a viewing share of 0.3 percent among 3-11 year olds. It was surpassed by Disney Channel (15.7 percent share), Cartoon Network (12.0), Toon Disney (2.2), Jetix (2.1) and Playhouse Disney (2.1), with only Boomerang and Nickelodeon's satellite version having a smaller share of the children channels in Denmark.[15]


Most cartoons are dubbed into local languages, and separate audio tracks are available on satellite. Non-cartoon series aimed an older audience is broadcast in English with local subtitles.

The limited broadcasting hours meant that the channel usually shared bandwidth with other channels who would broadcast in the evening and the night. On Viasat, it used to broadcast on the same channel as Viasat Nature, Viasat Crime and Playboy TV, but this was changed in 2007 when Viasat Nature started broadcasting in the day and Nickelodeon would timeshare with VH1 instead. Many cable systems took the Viasat feed.

On Canal Digital, the European version of VH1 Classic is broadcast in the downtime, and on Swedish DTT (Boxer). Star! was once shown during the same time.

The channel was previously broadcast from the United Kingdom, but in 2008 it handed back its UK license and started broadcasting from the Netherlands instead.[16][17]


  1. ^ a b The logo's wordmark has been in use since 2010. Additionally, this logo is a variant meant to be used for white backgrounds; the main variant has a white wordmark in conjunction with a fully orange splat.


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  2. ^ SS News vol. 01 96.09.27
  3. ^ "Nick International". Retrieved 2008-07-15.
  4. ^ "Viacom Q1 2008 Earnings Call Transcript".
  5. ^ "PULSE First Quarter" (PDF). Viacom. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-02-19.
  6. ^ "Norwegian commercials on Nickelodeon". LumoTV. September 16, 2011.
  7. ^ "Helmikuun bonuskatselussa Nick Jr". PlusTV. January 1, 2013.
  8. ^ "Nickelodeon changed name into Nick Jr". LumoTV. January 9, 2013.
  9. ^ "Børnekanalen Nickelodeon får mere plads". October 10, 2008. Archived from the original on October 11, 2008.
  10. ^ "Ændringer i Kabel-tv-pakker". YouSee. December 12, 2008.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Rekord-år for MTV i Danmark". 28 January 2009. Archived from the original on 22 July 2009. Retrieved 6 August 2009.
  12. ^ "Nickelodeon udvider sendetiden". EnergiMidt. August 12, 2009. Archived from the original on July 31, 2012.
  13. ^ "Nu får du 2 timers ekstra tv med Nickelodeon". YouSee. August 31, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "MTV, VH1 og Nickelodeon på Boxers tv-sendenet" (Press release). Boxer TV A/S. June 30, 2009.
  15. ^ "Oplysninger om TV reklamer og børn (3. udgave, 2008)" (PDF). Styrelsen for Bibliotek og Medier. April 30, 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 19, 2011.
  16. ^ "Ontheffingsverzoek oorspronkelijk Nederlands- of Friestalige programmaonderdelen". Archived from the original on 2011-07-24.
  17. ^ "Television Broadcast Licensing Update July 2008". Ofcom. Archived from the original on 2009-05-05.

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