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Denmark fifth largest supplier to UN

Figures show Danish companies are being chosen more frequently for UN services

November 5th, 2014 6:10 pm| by admin

When the UN City was inaugurated in Copenhagen last year, the state's decision to waive the rent may have proved to be a rewarding decision for the Danish industrial sector. 

New figures indicate a 40 percent increase in the turnover of Danish companies involved with the UN between 2012 and 2013. The UN spent three billion kroner on services provided by Danish companies last year. 

The convincing results mean Denmark is now the fifth largest supplier to the UN. 

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Positive development due to location of UN City
Grøn Sol – a Danish company that has benefited from this development – attributes the positive results to the central location of the UN City within Copenhagen.

"As a smaller company, it is very beneficial for us to host meetings in Copenhagen," Mads Halgaard, the head of Grøn Sol, told DR.

"We can save a significant amount of money by not having to travel to say Budapest, Rome or New York."  

The Svendborg-based company will be installing solar panels in Sierra Leone and Guinea as part of a UN mission.

Advocacy groups Dansk Erhverv and Dansk Industri have both welcomed the positive development. Danish companies will increase their turnover whilst gaining valuable experience in the process.