• Central Jutland / Midtjylland
  • NUTS 2 : DK04
  • DK

Facts & Figures

Capital: Viborg

Size: 13,000.2 km2

Population: 1,266,682

Regional GDP: 48,811

% of the National GDP: 20.64

Regional GERD (%): 1.19

% of Unemployment: 6.7

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S3 Priorities as Encoded in the "Eye@RIS3" Tool S3 Priorities as Encoded in the "Eye@RIS3" Tool

Priority Name Description
Smart Industry We have developed various programmes, methods, tools etc. that have all been targeted towards companies with growth potential. In recent years we have increased our efforts towards the manufacturing industry. The focus is on entrepreneurship and capital, innovation and business development, knowledge and skills, digitisation and internationalisation. Smart industry is central and all proposed work packages in GrowIn 4.0 are pivotal to CDR. We have at the moment two programs within smart industry where counselling and facilitation are core instruments to enhance innovation and growth in manufacturings SMEs and several other initiatives with offers for this target group.
Creative, ICT & Tourism We aim to support a rich and diverse cultural climate focusing on artistic development, creation of networks, an international outlook and collaboration. The Development Strategy regarding Tourism was revised in 2016 - “New Growth in the Tourism Sector in Central Denmark Region 2.0” and runs until 2020. A new action plan runs from 2016-2018. The aim is to create a more focused and professional tourism industry in Central Denmark Region in order to ensure the region’s competitiveness.
Growth drivers Central Denmark Region is home to 68,000 private enterprises employing a total of 450,000 full-time employees. They have an annual turnover of DKK 670 billion and their annual exports amount to DKK 170 billion. In order to facilitate the competitiveness of these companies and create new jobs, we regularly launches new initiatives with a consistent emphasis on financial viability as well as environmental and social sustainability. Global challenges require global solutions. Collaborating in broad partnerships with industry, educational facilities, NGOs and other public organisations, the Central Denmark Region is striving to find better solutions to benefit enterprises and citizens alike. In order to create sustainable solutions, challenged by the increasing urbanisation, innovative thinking and collaboration across sectors, professions and traditional fields of businesses will be required to a greater extent in order to meet the complex challenges faced by cities and towns. We are proactively promoting and spreading knowledge of the potential of a circular economy, as a means of addressing global challenges and the resource scarcity to which we are already subject and which will only increase in future years. We have knowledge and experience in establishing cooperation between knowledge institutions and SMEs. Through our projects we have created new ways to enter the Danish innovation system and that as a result, we are continuously concerned with creating good conditions for knowledge cooperation. We take a coordinated approach to creating better conditions for the establishment, development and growth of entrepreneurs. This effort includes guidance for entrepreneurs, access to venture capital and an initiative to promote entrepreneurship in the educational system.
Energy & Climate - One special feature of Central Denmark Region is that there is already a large amount of renewable energy in the energy system followed up with ambitious goals and plans for the further development of renewable energy. The region has a high concentration of wind energy businesses including some of the world’s largest manufacturers, Vestas and Siemens, which have also attracted wind turbine manufacturers from all over the world. In the region you can also find knowledge institutions, businesses and test facilities working on bio-refining, biogas and biomass for energy. The region is looking for ways to develop bio economy strategies and projects. The region is looking for ways to further develop the Bio-economy, and strengthen strategic renewable energy planning. The region is looking into biogas production, how to upgrade it for the natural gas system and use it for transportation. Focus is on sustainable use of biomass for energy. The region is also dedicated to disseminating information about Danish energy efficient central heating solutions to interested partners abroad. The region has a focus on climate change in terms of both prevention and adaptation to present and future climatic conditions. The region establishes and maintains networks between stakeholders who often have conflicting interests. These stakeholders are the ones who have the means and decision-making powers to create solutions. Facilitation creates shared visions and strategies, which promote holistic thinking. Working together in networks provides a better basis for decision-making than would otherwise be possible and supports the creation of new tools such as joint, harmonised data sets and innovative methods. The region has particular professional expertise in the field of soil pollution, including clean up and mapping of raw materials (see our regional raw materials plan).
Foodstuffs - From a Regional Position of Strength to a National Cluster. Since 2007 we have focused on developing the regional food industry. One of the main initiatives is the development of an innovative environment focusing on the food industry and its particular challenges. Thanks to this effort, the region has been given a special role in the development of the national food cluster. The international perspective is also a focus area in the regional food venture. One focus area for the organisation “Danish Food Cluster” – which we played a role in establishing – is to form international contacts and partnerships based on Denmark’s success and skills in the food industry.

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RIS3 Related Links

S3 Strategy:

Growth & Development  Strategy - Final document in English (05/2011)

Important steps implementing the Growth Plan - Final document in English

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