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Danish Foreign Affiliates

The purpose of the statistics Danish Foreign Affiliates is to shed light on the Danish companies activities abroad through its controlled affiliates. Hence the statistics contributes considerably to the description of globalization, which is increasingly important to the development of the Danish economy and society. The statistics are comparable from 2007 onwards.

Statistical presentation

This is a yearly statistic, covering foreign affiliates (outside of Denmark) owned or controlled by parent companies in Denmark. The statistic measures the number of foreign affiliates as well as the number of employees, with breakdowns by activity and country of location.

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Statistical processing

Data is collected annually via questionnaire in a census survey of all companies in Denmark that own or control affiliates abroad. Data is validated, both during and after data collection, to ensure a high data quality of data for the statistic.

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The primary users of the statistics are ministries and other public institutions, and international organizations such as OECD and the European Commission. In addition the users cover news media, various industrial organizations and others with interest in globalization and the involvement abroad by Danish companies.

Surveys on the users level of satisfaction have not been carried out, but users of the statistics express that they are satisfied with the statistics and its value.

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Accuracy and reliability

The survey result is based on submission of data from all relevant Danish parent companies with foreign affiliates. Any sample techniques and/or active use of thresholds have not been implemented. Thus the number of parent companies in the survey is approx. 5.000 and the number of foreign affiliates is approx. 15.000.

It is estimated that missing values/data submissions in the survey have a insignificant impact on the statistical value.

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Timeliness and punctuality

Danish foreign affiliates statistics is published approx. 14 months after the end of the calendar-year. The statistical information is collected in between May and November. Danish foreign affiliates is made public without delay in accordance with the scheduled date.

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This survey is also carried out in other European countries. Due to different approaches one cannot directly compare the results published in Denmark with the figures in Eurostat's database. The results published in Denmark cover all enterprises in Denmark that own/control foreign affiliates, regardless of ultimate controlling country. The figures in Eurostat solely cover enterprises that have the compiling country as ultimate controlling country.

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Accessibility and clarity

These statistics are published yearly in a Danish press release, at the same time as the tables are updated in the StatBank. In the StatBank, these statistics can be found under the subject Danish Foreign Affiliates. For further information, go to the International enterprises.

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