Exporting to Denmark
Denmark is one of the EU’s best-performing economies. It has low inflation, a healthy economic growth rate and low unemployment at 5.0%.
Gateway to northern Europe
Denmark offers easy access to the Scandinavian and Baltic countries as well as the growing economies of Germany and Poland. It provides a gateway to northern European markets via Copenhagen airport and its high-quality motorway network.
Doing business in Denmark is very similar to the UK. If your product or service is successful in the UK, there’s a good chance you’ll be successful in Denmark. The country also has an advanced telecommunications infrastructure. It only takes 24 hours to establish a company online.
Opportunities for exporters
Denmark has a well-educated population with a high proportion of university graduates and a high regard for British products. In 2018, UK exports in goods and services to Denmark amounted to £6.7 billion, an increase of 6.9% from 2017.
Infrastructure and engineering
Denmark is only separated from the UK by the North Sea. There are multiple daily flight connections between major cities in the two countries.
Transparent tendering processes
The Danish procurement process is transparent and ensures equal opportunities for all bidders.
English is the business language in Denmark
English is the second language in Denmark and is fluently spoken by the Danish business community. There are close historical ties between the two countries.
Cleantech and energy
The bioenergy industry is a major contributor to Denmark’s green energy shift. There are opportunities for UK businesses looking for return on investment in the sector.
North Sea investment
There are opportunities for UK businesses in all areas of offshore exploration and production activities, including engineering, fabrication, consulting, crewing and shipping.
The UK is a key market for the Danish offshore industry. This offers great opportunities for UK companies to become part of the supply chain.
Health and life sciences
Demand for UK expertise
There are opportunities for UK businesses in a range of areas including construction and infrastructure, design, medical devices, telemedicine and general hospital equipment.
Export opportunities to UN agencies
Copenhagen is now the second most important procurement centre outside Geneva for the UN. Major international agencies include the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The main areas of procurement are medicine, emergency equipment, medical devices, water and sanitation.
The Danish life science market is very open to UK suppliers. Opportunities exist in biotechnology, pharmaceutical research and development, medical technology and digital healthcare.
Defence and security
Demand for hardware and software
There are export opportunities in all areas of military hardware and software. There is an increasing interest in cyber security and outsourcing of military logistics and management.
Denmark has a very transparent public procurement system and is open for business with UK companies.