Denmark is a small country with a population of 5.5 million citizens. It is located furthest south of the Northern countries and consists of many islands and more than 7,300 kilometres of coast. Greenland and the Faroe Islands are officially a part of Denmark, however the two countries have a large degree of self-government.

Flexible labour market and a comprehensive welfare system

The Danish labour market is characterized by great flexibility. Conditions are negotiated between employers and representatives of the employees, without political interference. Due to a comprehensive welfare system, employers can easily adjust staff according to production needs. Employees have a secured basis of existence in case of unemployment and are therefore more likely to accept conditions of short term resignation.

Due to the welfare system, the health- and education system is for the most part free of charge. Healthcare and education is financed by the taxes; hence the Danish population is well educated – 42 % of the population have a higher education.

Business structure

Denmark traditionally had a lot of agriculture and the agricultural sector is still today an important industry with large export of products. Other important sources of income are oil, pharmaceutical industry and shipping. There is a great focus on green energy and the production of wind mills is one of the things Denmark is well known for.

The political system

The central part of the political system is the Danish parliament with legislative power. The 179 members of parliament have to be elected every four years.

The government has the executive power and answer to the parliament. The prime minister is elected by having the widest support in parliament after the election. The prime minister appoints the additional ministers. As opposed to other countries Denmark is often governed by a minority number. According to the Danish constitution, a government does not have to have support from the majority – they just cannot have the majority against them.

Decentralisation

In Denmark the public system is divided in to state, region and municipality. This secures a high level of citizen involvement, since the decentralized authorities have an insight to local conditions.

There are five regions which primarily deal with hospitals and public transport. There are 98 municipalities, which take care of the school system, elderly care and business service. The region and municipality politicians are elected for a four-year term.

The logistical nerve centre between Scandinavia and Europe

Vordingborg Municipality is one of the 98 municipalities in Denmark. Vordingborg is located in the southern part of Zealand and has fast and easy connections both north to Copenhagen and the rest of Scandinavia, and to the south towards Berlin and Hamburg. There are well developed railway- and motorway connections and desirable industrial lots, thus making Vordingborg the logistical nerve centre between Scandinavia and the rest of Europe.

The city of Vordingborg is an old commercial town with a long history. It was originally residency to the king and to this day, the remains of the old royal castle can still be seen. Gåsetårnet (the Goosetower) is the only preserved and maintained part of the castle and is a great attraction for tourists.

The municipality is located in an area rich with nature, water and forests. You can find many activities and great experiences for family and friends. There are also a lot of cultural activities, e.g. yearly music- and theatre festivals.

Also, the short distance to Copenhagen along with well developed motorway and railway connections make it easy to reach and take part in the active city life, event and cultural activities that can be found in the capital.

You are very welcome to contact Business Vordingborg for more information about Vordingborg Municipality.

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