Overseas Business Risk – Denmark

Information on key security and political risks which UK businesses may face when operating in Denmark

Political and Economic

More information on political risk, including political demonstrations is available in FCO Travel Advice.

Business and Human Rights

Denmark has a long political tradition and wide political support for its human rights activities. There are no major business and human rights issues in Denmark. Denmark has concentrated on special focus areas, such as freedom of expression, freedom of religion, racism, indigenous peoples, children’s rights, the rights of persons with disabilities, human rights defendants, torture, and most recently, corporate social responsibility (CSR).

The Danes have their own national human rights institution, the Danish Institute for Human Rights, while also adopting several international conventions on human rights as well as supporting United Nations activities against torture and for the rights of persons with disabilities. Denmark has also adopted the European Convention on Human Rights and supports the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg the human rights initiatives of the European Parliament.

This means that the rights of the population are safeguarded in business life through various initiatives and organisations in Denmark. The law provides for the freedom to organize trade unions; all workers are free to form and join unions of their choice. The law allows unions to conduct their activities without government interference. In Denmark, the trade union membership is high with around 70% of the labour force in a union of some kind.

Bribery and Corruption

Bribery is illegal. It is an offence for British nationals or someone who is ordinarily resident in the UK, a body incorporated in the UK or a Scottish partnership, to bribe anywhere in the world.

In addition, a commercial organisation carrying on a business in the UK can be liable for the conduct of a person who is neither a UK national or resident in the UK or a body incorporated or formed in the UK. In this case it does not matter whether the acts or omissions which form part of the offence take place in the UK or elsewhere.

According to Transparency International’s corruption perception index (CPI) Denmark ranked number 1 in 2012 (along with New Zealand and Finland) and in 2013 (along with New Zealand).

Visit the Business Anti-Corruption portalpage providing advice and guidance about corruption in China and some basic effective procedures you can establish to protect your company from them.

Read the information provided on our Bribery and corruption page.

Terrorism Threat

The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure also provides protective security advice to businesses

There is a high threat from terrorism in Denmark. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.

Read the information provided on our Terrorism threat page.

Protective Security Advice

Crime levels are relatively low in Denmark. Most visits to Denmark are trouble-free, but you should be aware that the tourist season attracts pickpockets and bag-snatchers in crowded areas. You should observe precautions such as keeping your personal belongings, including passports and money secure.

Read the information provided on our Protective security advice page.

Intellectual Property

Protection of intellectual property rights in Denmark is regulated by legislation on patents, utility models, trademarks, collective marks, design, semiconductor products and copyright. For information on registering your Trademark in Denmark, you should contact The Danish Patent and Trademark Office.

Read the information provided on our Intellectual Property page.

Organised Crime

Read the information provided on our Organised crime page.

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Countries: Denmark
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