Danish Business Organisations and Trade Associations

The royal monogram of King Christian VI of Denmark at the top of one of the pavilions of the Mable Bridge in Copenhagen.
The royal monogram of King Christian VI of Denmark at the top of one of the pavilions of the Mable Bridge in Copenhagen.

Danish business organisations, trade associations, ministries and Danish embassies can help you when you wish to do business with Danish companies.

Many Danish organisations and trade associations help their members with export activities and in creating company networks. Some Danish organisations do also help in creating new business contacts between Danish and foreign companies. 

Everybody interesting in doing business with Danish companies can find useful specialised information on the homepages of Danish business organisation, trade associations, ministries and embassies. You can find links to the homepages here on

Major Business Organisations in Denmark

The largest business organisations in Denmark are The Confederation of Danish Industry (DI), The Danish Chamber of Commerce (Dansk Erhverv) and Danish Agriculture & Food Council (Landbrug & Fødevarer). 

The Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) has over 10,000 member companies. The members can participate in different member associations according to their line of business. The Confederation of Danish Industry does also work as a political lobby organisation for Danish business.

The Danish Chamber of Commerce (Dansk Erhverv) is a professional business organisation which represent 20,000 Danish companies. The Chamber provides networks for companies within the service sector such as trade, tourism, business services, IT, welfare services and transport.  

Danish Agriculture & Food Council (Landbrug & Fødevarer) represents the agriculture and food industry in Denmark. Together agriculture and food is Denmark’s largest industry employing 150,000 people and exporting food, agricultural products and equipment for over 100 billion DKK yearly.

The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Danish Embassies

The Trade Council under the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs helps Danish export companies in exporting their goods around the world. Though a worldwide network of Danish embassies, consulate generals, trade representations and consulates the ministry is able to service Danish exporters as well as foreign companies interesting in doing business in Denmark.

Invest in Denmark is another organisation placed under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They help foreign companies interested in investing in Denmark.

Danish Export Association

Danish Export Association is a membership association with 500 members. The purpose of the association is to encourage trade between Danish and foreign companies. The Danish Export Association has a number of sector networks where companies within similar lines of business can meet and discuss export issues.

Other Export Oriented Organisations and Associations

In Denmark you will many smaller and larger organisations and associations somehow involved in promoting Danish exports. Novum, the regional Væksthus organisations, the Danish Federation of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (Håndværksrådet) as well as BRIC-Denmark are among the export oriented Danish organisations and associations.

Novum is an organisation for highly educated foreigners living in Denmark who are interested in working for Danish export companies. Novum helps in facilitating contact between the educated foreigners and the Danish business community. Novum also helps in further education of foreigners enabling them to help increase Danish companies exports abroad.

Danish Trade Associations

Within almost every line of business you will find a specialised trade association in Denmark. Danish companies often choose to become a member of a trade association in order to obtain useful knowledge within their line of business. Danish trade associations do also often help the companies in export activities. 

On the trade associations websites you will often find useful information about the line of business they represent.

Danish Ministries

If you need to know more about rules and regulations in Denmark it can often be useful to look up a Danish ministry website. Here you can find the latest news regarding law changes and new activities from the Danish state within the ministerial jurisdiction. The current Danish government has 17 ministries. 

Public Institutions and Local Authorities

Denmark has a large number of public institutions, government organisation and local authorities. Public institution and government organisations handle specialised issues for the ministries they are placed under.

Geographically Denmark is divided into 5 regions and a total of 98 municipalities. The regional councils are responsible for hospitals, health care issues as well as some issues regarding regional development, environment and public transport. The municipalities are responsible for a number of local matters e.g. regarding: Employment, the school system, social services and administration.

  • Confederation of Danish Industry
  • Danish Agriculture & Food Council
  • Danish Chamber of Commerce
  • Danish Export Association
  • Danish Federation of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
  • Invest in Denmark
  • Ministry of Business and Growth
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Novum
  • The Trade Council
  • Vaeksthus Copenhagen
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