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Country report Denmark

Food logistics in northern Europe

Design, cosiness, and riding a bicycle are some of the things associated with Denmark. At the same time, Denmark is a major European transport hub, and home to Nagel Danmark A/S and Nagel Liller A/S.

Due to its central location in the north of Europe, Denmark connects the main sales regions of the European Union in central Europe to Scandinavia. Denmark borders the North Sea, the Baltic Sea, and the straits of Skagerrak and Kattegat, which lie between Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. As a result, Denmark has an extensive coastline of 7,314 kilometres. Denmark shares a land border with only one country, Germany. The country occupies an area of 42,916 square kilometres and it is very flat. The highest point is only 170 metres above sea level. Denmark, with a population of 5.7 million inhabitants, is considered an intercontinental state as the Faroe Islands and Greenland are an autonomous part of the Kingdom of Denmark.

Queen Margarethe II has ruled Denmark since 1972. Denmark, a constitutional monarchy, is also a member of NATO and the European Union. However, Denmark does not belong to the European monetary union, which is why its official currency is the Danish krone.

Logistics: a link between Europe and Scandinavia

The Danish road network covers 73,929 kilometres and it is very well-connected in terms of logistics and infrastructure. The A7/E45 motorway is one of the major trade routes as it connects northern Germany and Denmark. This route is used to transport about three quarters of the Danish exports. The rail network complements the road connections with an added 2,414 kilometres. Denmark has many bridges that combine road and rail transport. The Oresund Bridge which links Copenhagen and Malmo is well known. The Baltic Sea connection constitutes a crucial link to the Baltic States. 15 container terminals are located on this route.

According to forecasts, the logistics sector will continue to grow due to medium to long term growth in transit and logistics activities in the Baltic Sea region. Therefore, Denmark continues to invest in the development of transport infrastructure. A fixed link between the Danish island of Lolland and Germany's Fehmarn island is planned to promote the structurally weak south-east region. For this purpose, an immersed tunnel, which will be more than 18km long, is to be built by 2021.

Denmark: global leader in production of wind energy

The Danish economy has recovered after several years of stagnation. According to the World Bank, the gross domestic product was about 306.14 billion US dollars in 2016. Exports are very important to the Danish economy. According to the Federal Statistical Office, Germany, the exports for 2015 were about 94.4 billion US dollars. On average, roughly one third of Denmark's gross domestic product is generated by exports. Germany and Sweden are its most important trading partners. Additionally, goods worth 85.3 billion US dollars were imported in 2015 according to the Federal Statistical Office .

Denmark's share of wind energy in its overall electricity consumption is the largest in the world. According to power grid operator Energinet, Denmark produced 42% of its electricity from wind turbines in 2015. Denmark wants to generate 50 percent of its electricity and heat production from renewable energy by 2050.

Agriculture influences the food industry

In addition to engineering, the pharmaceutical industry, and tourism, the food industry is an important economic sector in Denmark. Agriculture plays a central role in this. Two thirds of the land is used for agricultural purposes. Denmark has a high-tech agricultural sector, with the main line of production being meat and dairy farming.

The food industry is greatly influenced by exports. About two-thirds of the products are exported, especially export of pig meat plays a significant role. For instance, more than half of the bacon consumed in the UK comes from Denmark. According to the Federal Statistical Office, the share of agriculture in gross domestic product was roughly 1.1 percent in 2015. However, the employment figures show a decline. According to the national institute for statistics in Denmark, 74,938 people were employed in agriculture in 2016 .

Nagel Danmark A/S – international traffic from and to Scandinavia

Nagel Danmark A/S has its headquarters at the Danish-German border in Padborg. Nagel Danmark is one of Scandinavia's largest transport and haulage companies involved in the distribution of temperature-controlled goods within Europe with more than 21,000 m² of warehouse and storage facilities for refrigerated and frozen foodstuffs.


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Nagel Liller A/S – distribution services in Denmark

The Nagel Liller A/S joint venture was launched in April 2017. Nagel Danmark launched the joint venture with Liller Trans A/S and KK Logistic A/S to strengthen its position in Denmark and to better serve the Danish market. Nagel Liller offers customers distribution and warehousing solutions at the national level in all temperature ranges. The branches in Vejle, Struer, Odense, and Bjæverskov have a total storage capacity of about 27,500 square metres.


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