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Denmark must be the most digital country in the world

3 July 2015

​There is a huge growth potential in a strengthened digitisation of Denmark. Therefore, a joint Danish business community stand behind the vision that Denmark becomes the world’s most digital country. This should be realised through a strengthened collaboration between the public and private sector.
Focused digitisation of Denmark holds a great potential for creating economic growth, innovation and jobs. Increased digitisation of companies in Denmark alone can lead to a value generation of approx. DKK 50 billion up to 2020. Moreover, the European Commission assesses that a digital single market has the potential to strengthen EU’s GDP with EUR 415 billion.
Therefore, 27 trade organisations in Denmark has joined forces to make a vision, which shows how a strengthened collaboration between the public and private sector can utilise the opportunities of digitisation for the benefit of the economic growth in Denmark.
"The potential of increased digitisation is huge, however, it is not only Denmark that has noted the potential. In these years, many other countries concentrate their efforts on digitisation. Denmark must therefore rearm in the years ahead, if we want to continue to be at the forefront of the digitisation elite. The visions are our contribution to that effort,” says the Danish Bankers Association’s Executive Director, Tonny Thierry Andersen, on behalf of the 27 organisations.
Denmark is recognised as a digital pioneer country and the position has been achieved because the public sector – at various governments – has led the way and had a visionary approach to the digitisation. At the same time, there has been a good collaboration with the private sector that has resulted in a number of key IT solutions, such as NemID and digital registration, which have made everyday life easier for the Danes. This collaboration should now be strengthened.
"The Danish business community has to a great extent also contributed to the digitisation development, and for example, the financial sector has created one of the world’s most modern digital motorway networks, which makes it possible to develop forward-looking solutions and products. Digital solutions have thus become an integrated part of the Danes’ everyday lives – from Betalingsservice (a Danish payment service) and Dankort (Danish debit card) to Swipp and MobilePay (Danish mobile payment solutions),” says Tonny Thierry Andersen and further explains:
“A strengthened collaboration between the public and the private sector is crucial for utilising the potential of digitisation and again make Denmark the world’s most digital country. This applies, for example, in relation to cyber security where collaboration is central, if we should be able to handle IT crime,” says Tonny Thierry Andersen.
The vision is built on three focus areas: digital infrastructure, digital security and digital framework conditions.
The vision has been prepared by:
Association of Danish Mortgage Banks, CFIR – Copenhagen Fintech Innovation and Research, Confederation of Danish Employers, Confederation of Danish Industry, Danish Agriculture & Food Council, Danish Association of Masters and PhDs (DM), Danish Bankers Association, Danish Chamber of Commerce, Danish Confederation of Professional Associations, Danish Confederation of Trade Unions, Danish Employers Association for the Financial Sector (FA), Danish Energy Industry, Danish Federation of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, Danish ICT and Electronics Federation (DI ITEK), Danish Insurance Association (DIA), Danish IT Industry Association (ITB), Danish Metalworkers’ Union, Danish Mortgage Banks' Federation, Danish Technological Institute, Danish Union of Librarians, Dansk IT, Djøf, Financial Services Union Denmark, FSR – Danish Auditors , FTF, PROSA, United Federation of Danish Workers (3F).
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