7th edition (2017): Public-private collaboration and welfare state: Denmark

Denmark is a relatively small country by extension (43,000 km2 without Greenland – Catalonia has 32,108 km2) and population (5.7 million inhabitants – in Catalonia there are 7.5 million). The country is close to full employment (below 5% unemployment rate), and its capital is considered the best city to attract talented professionals.

Among many interesting factors, Denmark stands out for a high degree of cooperation between the different stakeholders in society, which make possible initiatives with a global vision and at the same time focused, in a pragmatic and flexible way, that favour the country’s international competitiveness, which is also compatible with its welfare state model.

The trip, held from November 7 to 10, 2017, focused on:

  • The energy transition and renewable energies
  • The welfare state model, particularly flexicurity and the pension system

All these issues were dealt with transversally in the visits that took place over four days in Copenhagen, Billund and Aalborg.


  • 8th edition (2019): E-state and innovation: Estonia and Finland
  • 7th edition (2017): Public-private collaboration and welfare state: Denmark
  • 6th edition (2015): Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley, California, United States
  • 5th edition (2013): Competitiveness of a powerful industry, and dual vocational training Bavaria, Germany
  • 4th edition (2011): The promotion of Entrepreneurship and of R+D+I: the High-Tech Cluster of Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 3rd edition (2009): Massachusetts: Research and Technology transfer
  • 2nd edition (2008): Hong Kong and Shanghai: Infrastructure and Air connectivity
  • 1st edition (2007): Finland: Internationalization and innovation


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