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Denmark Country Report

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Overview

Executive Summary

We expect Denmark’s growth to decelerate from 2.0% in 2019 to 1.5% in 2020. Exports of pharmaceuticals and renewables-related machinery have been the main growth driver this year, but the positive momentum will be hard to maintain. Domestic demand is expected to pick up in 2020, underpinned by an expansive fiscal policy.Inflation will remain low, expected at 0.8% in 2019 and 1.1% in 2020, and labour market tight, resulting in solid wage growth. This is good news for Danish households, boosting their real incomes.Mette Frederiksen and her Social Democratic Party (Socialdemokraterne) won the 5 June general election, securing 48 out of 179 parliamentary seats. Later that month she secured the backing of three other leftist parties, ensuring a parliamentary majority. The alliance was made possible by Socialdemokraterne backing down from its electoral pledge to adopt anti-immigration policies. The new coalition has pledged to reverse the austerity cuts of the previous Venstre-led government, pledging increased spending on health and elderly care and cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 70% before 2030. Denmark's economic growth and low public debt gives the government sufficient fiscal space to implement these measures. Danish participation in the US-led campaign against the Islamic State, the presence of Danish troops in Afghanistan, and the publication of the Prophet Muhammad cartoons by Danish newspapers in 2005–06 and 2008 make the country a symbolical target for attacks by jihadist militants. Small-arms attacks by self-radicalised individuals or small groups with criminal connections are most likely.
Last update: November 23, 2019

Operational Outlook

Denmark has a transparent regulatory system, excellent infrastructure, and efficient bureaucracy. The labour market is highly skilled and mobile. The government strongly supports the open economy and encourages foreign investment. Bribe requests or other corrupt practices are extremely rare and unlikely to affect commercial operations. Denmark is consistently ranked among the least corrupt countries in the world by civil society anti-corruption groups. The primary operational risks to investment stem from well-organised environmental activists and trade unions.

Last update: November 28, 2019

Terrorism

Elevated

Jihadist intent to target Danish assets is high because of the Prophet Muhammad cartoons and Denmark's military involvement against the Islamic State. Given capability constraints and surveillance, firearm attacks by radicalised individuals or small groups against soft targets are more probable than co-ordinated IED attacks, similar to the February 2015 Copenhagen shootings at a cafe and a synagogue. Individuals and buildings associated with cartoon publications or satire of Islam, transportation hubs, Jewish assets, crowded public spaces in major cities such as Copenhagen and Aarhus, and government buildings and officials, are likely targets.

Last update: November 28, 2019

Crime

The April 2019 gun battle between two criminal gangs in the Copenhagen suburb of Rungsted resulted in one fatality and four injuries. The shootout highlights the potential for deadly gang violence in Denmark, and the conflict between these specific gangs has persisted. However, this incident notwithstanding, criminal violence has been on a downward trend since a previous peak in shootings in Copenhagen and Zealand in 2013. Since the introduction of the EU Schengen border regime in 2001, the free movement of people throughout the EU has made it easier for transnational criminals to smuggle illicit goods into Denmark. To combat this, Denmark and Sweden imposed stricter border control in 2019.

Last update: November 30, 2019

War Risks

Denmark's geographic position at the mouth of the Baltic Sea and its NATO membership puts it at risk in the unlikely event of direct conflict between Russia and NATO. In such a scenario, Denmark would become a likely target for Russian airspace and marine incursions, posing risks of disruption to commercial air and sea traffic. Similar to Canada and Russia, Denmark has asserted its own sovereignty over the Arctic. However, disputes with these two countries are unlikely to escalate into armed conflict.

Last update: November 28, 2019

Social Stability

Moderate

The influx of refugees in the past few years and the debate over contentious immigration laws considered or introduced by the previous government have raised the risk of pro- and anti-immigrant protests in Denmark, although these are set to decrease with the ruling pact between the Social Democrats and five parliamentary allies, which foresees the reversal of some of these measures. Although these protests tend to be peaceful, there is a moderate risk of violence, involving scuffles between protesters and security personnel.

Last update: November 30, 2019

Health Risk

Elevated

Vaccines required to enter the country

No vaccinations are required to enter the country.

Vaccines recommended for all travelers

Routine vaccinations: Consult your doctor to ensure all routine vaccinations - such as for diphtheria, tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, influenza, measles, mumps, pertussis, rubella, varicella, etc. - are up to date (include booster shots if necessary).

Vaccines recommended for some travelers

Hepatitis A: The vaccine is given in two doses, six months apart, and is nearly 100 percent effective. The WHO recommends the vaccine be integrated into national routine immunization schedules for children aged one year or older.

Hepatitis B: The WHO recommends that all infants receive their first dose of vaccine as soon as possible after birth, preferably within 24 hours. The birth dose should be followed by two or three doses to complete the primary series. Routine booster doses are not routinely recommended for any age group.

Rabies: The rabies vaccination is typically only recommended for travel to remote areas and if the traveler will be at high risk of exposure (e.g. undertaking activities that will bring them into contact with dogs, cats, bats, or other mammals). The vaccination is administered in three doses over a three-to-four week period. Post exposure prophylaxis is also available and should be administered as soon as possible following contact with an animal suspected of being infected (e.g. bites and scratches).

Last update: April 5, 2019

Practical Information

Climate

Denmark has an oceanic climate. Winters are never very cold (temperatures rarely drop below -5°C) thanks to the tempering influence of the ocean, but they are quite long. In the summer temperatures range between 18°C and 25°C during the day and nights are cool. Cool winds often pass through the country, lowering temperatures. Between the end of May and mid-September, days are long and nights are clear and cool. Beginning in October cold temperatures, winds, and clouds return and remain fixtures throughout the winter.

Useful Numbers

Country Code: +45
Police: 112
Fire Dept.: 112
Ambulance: 112

Electricity

Voltage: 230 V ~ 50 Hz

Outlets:

Last update: April 5, 2019