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Action 27 in Denmark flag Denmark

Member States to implement Malmö and Granada declarations

Indicator Status Evidence
Does your legislation encourage the use of open specifications and common standards across public administrations? Yes The public sector must use open standards in certain areas – see as well as the specific standards The government must ensure that the use of information technology by the public sector is based on open standards, and that all digital information and data exchanged by the public sector with citizens, businesses and institutions are in formats based on open standards. See:
Does your legislation encourage interoperability between public administrations? Yes Denmark has one piece of legislation on opens standards for eInvoicing, see
Are you using open source software? Yes Denmark has an Software Exchange for public sector open source components (see Here one can find all the most central open source components for the public sector e.g. the eInvoicing infrastructure “NemHandel”. The Danish government has also established a Knowledge Centre for Open Source and open standards, which deliver guidance to the administration on the use of open source and open standards as well as developing open source components (see

Other initiatives:

In 2011, the former Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Ministeriet for Videnskab, Teknologi og Udvikling) launched the 'Kodiferien' ('Holiday of Code') scheme, which provides funding for 15 students. Both parties have much to gain from the scheme. The successful students have the opportunity to develop their professional IT skills while being paid DKK 20 000 each, and the authorities will have fresh eyes generating new ideas for their software. The results will be made available to all public authorities through Softwareboersen (Software Exchange), a government website where public organisations can share open source software. See p. 4,

External contribution

External contributions are more than welcome. If you would like to share with us a country, regional or local-level initiative relevant for this DAE action, you can do it via the online form.