Denmark Country Profile

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Business Corruption in Denmark


The Denmark country profile provides a detailed analysis of the country’s current corruption environment and its effects on doing business. This profile’s General Information chapter provides comprehensive information on business and corruption. Some highlights of Denmark’s anti-corruption activities include:

  • Denmark has very low-levels of corruption: low-level administrative corruption and business bribery is virtually non-existent, while more high-profile cases have been limited. Relatively low-levels of corruption have resulted in relatively few formal corruption rules.
  • According to observers, Denmark’s culture of public trust and accountability – where citizens and the media monitor and hold politicians accountable – accounts for the country’s success in containing corruption.

Despite Denmark’s strong performance, the country is not immune from corruption. Current challenges include:

  • GRECO and the OECD have criticised Danish corruption legislation for being ambiguous, which may lead to various legal interpretations. They recommend that the rules concerning foreign bribery should be clarified, corruption penalties should be increased, and that Danish law enforcement agencies become more proactive in investigating cases of foreign bribery.
  • A new freedom of information law (offentlighedslov) adopted in June 2013 restricts the disclosure of documents between ministries and their administrations to the public and is seen as a worrying development. Observers fear the media and other civil watchdogs will be prevented from uncovering public abuse of power.

Detailed descriptions of the level of corruption in a number of sectors are outlined in the profile's Corruption Levels. For a more detailed analysis of government, media and civil society anti-corruption activities, visit the Public Anti-Corruption Initiatives and Private Anti-Corruption Initiatives chapters.


Publication date: December 2013

Data verified by: GAN Integrity Solutions

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