The hour-long TV comedy special aired on New Year’s Eve is called Áramótaskaupið, a neologism combining the words for year, meeting, and comedy. The show has satirised the year’s most significant events with skits and songs since its debut on radio in the 1940s. According to Gallup, 75% of the population watched in 2018, with 98% of active TV sets tuned to the national broadcaster RÚV. The show’s viewership is second only to the annual Eurovision Song Contest.
Every year, Áramótaskaupið is shown in Icelandic on RÚV, and at the same time on RÚV 2 with English subtitles. Both channels are accessible on the RÚV website.
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