Danish Business Structures


Denmark, a small country with a population of just over 5 million inhabitants, has achieved a remarkable degree of economic success over the last 50 years or so. With GDP per head of around $56,000 the country ranks fifth in the world and ahead of both Japan and Germany in terms of purchasing power. This remarkable economic success has been achieved by the Danes thanks, in no small measure, to their pragmatic business style.

The Danish approach has many attributes which could be deemed Scandinavian such as a strong egalitarian streak, the need to seek consensus and the attribution of status according to competence rather than class or education. There are also ties of language and history which bind together the three key Scandinavian countries of Sweden, Denmark and Norway. (Finland being Nordic but not Scandinavian.)

However, there are certain characteristics and approaches to business which are specifically Danish and these differences could be linked to the country's much closer geographic ties with continental Europe. (The Swedish expression 'to go to the continent' actually refers to going to Denmark.) This country profile will try to highlight some of the characteristics which mark out Denmark as distinct from the other Scandinavian countries - but remember that these are, on the whole, differences in degree rather than very substantive distinctions.