Danish industry employs around 19 percent of the workforce and contributes about 22 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).
Compared to other countries, Denmark has no really large industrial groups, and there are no state-owned industrial companies. SMEs are the most common. More than 90 percent of all companies have fewer than ten employees.
The most important industries are the iron and metal industry, the food industry, the pharmaceutical industry and the chemical industry. Significant industrial products are electronics, paper and printed matter, furniture and stone and glass products. The greatest successes in the 2000s have been achieved in the manufacture of furniture, machinery and medicine.
Successful Danish niche products are thermostats (Danfoss), pumps (Grundfoss), wind generators (Vestas), cement machines (FL Smidth), machines for the food industry (many), beer (Carlsberg), measuring instruments (Foss), toys (Lego) and insulin (Novo)).
Construction works employ four times as many as agriculture. In recent years, not least a number of major infrastructure projects have attracted attention: the bridges over the Great Belt and Öresund and the completion of the first phase of Copenhagen’s subway. In the years before 2009, an average of 25,000 new homes were built per year, after just over 12,000 in 2009.
- COUNTRYAAH: List of top trading partners of Denmark. Includes countries that imported most shipments from and exported most goods to the country.
Danish murdered in suspected terrorist act in Morocco
Two young women from Denmark and Norway are found decapitated in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. According to Moroccan authorities, this is a terrorist act. The women, who were studying at the same university in Norway, walked in the mountains and spent the night in tents. About 20 people are arrested by the police, four of whom are designated as prime suspects and belong to a common terrorist cell.
Poland and Denmark build gas pipeline
Denmark and Poland agree to build a gas pipeline on the Baltic Sea’s bottom for natural gas from Norway to Poland. A 90-mile-long pipeline that runs across the Danish area will be ready for Norwegian deliveries in 2022, when a Polish gas purchase contract from Russian Gazprom ends.
Danish conspiracy suspicions against Iran
Denmark accuses Iran’s security services of having planned to murder an exile terrorist on Danish soil. The plot must have been aimed at a separatist from the Arabic-speaking southeastern part of Iran. To stop the murder that was feared, the Öresund Bridge was closed on September 28, and a man who was seen shooting at the separatist leader’s home in Denmark has been arrested in Sweden. Denmark has called home its ambassador from Tehran and wants the EU to impose sanctions on Iran.
Denmark will pay damages to Iraqis
A court has ordered Denmark to pay compensation to 18 Iraqi nationals who were tortured during the 2004 Iraq war. Danish soldiers sent to Iraq did not protect Iraqi citizens from being tortured by Iraqi security forces. According to the judgment, the Danish Ministry of Defense is therefore indirectly responsible for the treatment of the 18 persons. The Ministry of Defense denies the allegations and believes that Denmark cannot be held responsible for what other countries are exposing people to. In total, 23 people had demanded compensation from the Danish authorities and the 18 whose claims went through will receive around 30,000 Danish kroner each. The verdict will be appealed, according to Defense Minister Claus Hjort Frederiksen, as it makes future Danish efforts abroad difficult.
The fence will stop wild boar from Germany
The parliament voted in favor of Denmark building a 68 kilometer long fence along the border with Germany to prevent African swine fever. Otherwise, there is a risk that wild boars entering the country from Germany may spread the disease to Danish pigs – something that would be devastating for the important Danish pork industry, according to the government.
Prohibition of canning in public place
The parliament votes to ban people from wearing burka, niqab or other garments that cover their faces in public places. Anyone who violates the new law, which starts to apply on August 1, may be fined 1,000 Danish kroner.
Special forces are being moved home from Iraq
Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen announces that Denmark will send home 60 specially trained soldiers who have been in Iraq since 2016 as part of the US-led coalition’s efforts to fight the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq. The soldiers, who among other things supported Iraqi soldiers with counseling and training and assisted with intelligence services etc in the coalition’s efforts, can be taken home because IS has now been defeated in Iraq.
Russian diplomats expelled
Denmark expels two Russian diplomats as a result of a nerve poisoning attack on a Russian former spy and his daughter in the UK in early March. It is taking place in concerted action with some 20 countries, mainly in the EU, in solidarity with the British government accusing Russia of being behind the attack. In total, over 100 Russian diplomats are expelled, 60 of whom are from the United States. Moscow denies all involvement in the poison attack and threatens with countermeasures.
Government proposes higher penalty for crimes committed in “ghettos”
The bourgeois government proposes that certain crimes committed in the country’s so-called ghettos (socially vulnerable residential areas where many people of non-Western origin live and where unemployment and crime are high) should have twice the scale of crime than crimes committed elsewhere. Examples of such crimes are vandalism, threats and theft. The proposal is justified by this to deter criminals from committing crimes. Critics, especially lawyers, turn to the proposal, which they believe contravenes the fundamental principle of the law of all citizens’ equality before the law. However, the proposal is believed to have broad political support and also support in popular opinion. The term ghetto was introduced in Denmark in 2010. In December 2017, there were 22 such areas. The government’s goal is that there should be no ghettos left in 2030.
Prince Henry has passed away
Prince Henry of Denmark, husband of the country’s head of state Queen Margrethe, dies at Fredensborg Castle at the age of 83 after a period of illness. Prince Henrik was mentioned, among other things, for his displeasure that he was not allowed to become king at the marriage of the queen, but instead had to settle for the title prince’s goal. Henrik was born in 1934 as a French Count named Henri Marie Jean André de Laborde de Monpezat. He married in 1967 to the then Crown Princess Margrethe.
Social democracy wants stricter asylum systems
Denmark’s largest opposition party, the Social Democracy, wants the number of “non-Western” people to be allowed to seek asylum in the country to be significantly reduced. The party wants to reform the asylum system so that in the future it should only be possible for UN quota refugees to obtain asylum in Denmark. The refugees who come to the country “spontaneously” should be sent to asylum centers to be set up outside Europe, for example in North Africa, where the application is to be administered. If a person is allowed to apply for asylum in Denmark, they must remain in the asylum center throughout the asylum process while Denmark is responsible for the costs. During the so-called refugee crisis in 2015 and 2016, Denmark received nearly 30,000 people before the border with Germany was closed. In 2017, 3,500 people applied for asylum in Denmark.