Facts about Denmark

Find relevant information about Denmark and our green transition

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More basic facts about Denmark

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A quick introduction to Denmark's green transition

Denmark is on the road to a greener future, but we are not quite there yet. Let us share experiences and inspire each other to continue the journey. Watch a quick animated summary of where we are heading. The movie is funded by the Confederation of Danish Industry and developed in cooperation with State of Green.

Basic facts

  • Population: 5.7 million
  • Area: 43,000 km2
  • Capital: Copenhagen

Geography:

  • Denmark’s 12,000 km of coastline equal 1.5 meters of coast per Dane
  • No place in Denmark is more than 50 km from the sea

State:

  • More than 1,000 years old, the Danish monarchy is the oldest continuing monarchy in the world

Transport:

  • Danes are the proud owners of more than 4.6 million bicycles. That is almost two bicycles for every privately owned car

Water:

  • Denmark’s water supply is 100% based on groundwater

Decoupling:

  • While growing GDP by more than 90% since 1980, Denmark has managed to flatline its energy consumption, decrease its water consumption and lower its CO2 emissions

Cities:

  • Copenhagen aims to be the world’s first carbon-neutral capital by 2025

Clean air:

  • Denmark has reduced air pollution to less than one fifth of the 1970s levels

Waste:

  • In Denmark, 2/3 of all waste is recycled

Circular economy:

  • One in five Danes participates in activities related to the sharing economy (e.g. car sharing, house swapping, etc.)
  • In Denmark, 9 out of 10 bottles and cans are returned and reused. From 1000 cans you can make a bicycle.

Energy:

  • Danes can be confident that there is power in the socket more than 99.99% of the time
  • 70% of Danish electricity comes from renewable sources (2017)
  • Since 2016, Denmark has topped the World Energy Council’s ranking of the world’s best energy systems

District heating:

  • 6 in 10 Danish households are supplied with district heating – 60% is generated from renewables

Wind:

  • The world’s first offshore wind farm was built in Vindeby, Denmark in 1991
  • 43% of Danish power was produced solely by wind energy in 2017: That’s a world record!

Green business is good business:

  • Employment in the green sector has increased by 27% since 2012, which is more than four times the increase in the private sector in general
  • From 2012 to 2017, turnover in the Danish green sector has increased by 31%, which outgrows the development in the general private sector more than five-fold

Other:

  • Transparency International has repeatedly found Denmark to be among the least corrupt countries in the world.
  • Denmark’s flag from 1219 is the oldest flag in the world
  • Every year, Danes can meet their politicians face-to-face at the People’s Democratic Festival