Government sets aside millions for growth in rural areas

60 million kroner to help boost development over the next four years

The government has decided to earmark 60 million kroner for highly-educated people who help generate growth for smaller companies in rural areas.

The new initiative will help companies in rural areas to hire these ‘landdistriktsvækstpiloter’ (‘rural district growth pilots’) for innovative projects in need of specialised knowledge.

“The new growth pilots will help companies in rural areas develop new products and production methods,” said Esben Lunde Larsen, the education and research minister .

“It’s important to the government that companies nationwide have access to highly-skilled workers. It’s the springboard for development, growth and jobs.”

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Rural struggles
A number of reports have documented that companies in Denmark’s rural areas are, on average, less innovative than companies in cities. They also use fewer highly-skilled workers.

The 60-million-kroner grant has been set aside for the next four years.





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