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Quarterly national accounts

The National accounts are central to the economic policy-making. GDP is one of the key sizes, and it expresses the value of the country's total production and thus what is available to use for private consumption, public consumption, investment and net exports.
The development of GDP describes economic growth, i.e. whether we become richer or poorer. The national accounts have many other important indicators, such as household savings. The national accounts are compiled according to international guidelines (ESA2010), making it comparable between countries.

With the national accounts, we aim to provide an overall picture of the economy. The national accounts-system is a logical and coherent set of definitions and classifications without which it would not be possible to obtain an overview of the immense number of financial transactions that take place in the economy during a given period of time.

 The national accounts describe the economic cycle. The framework is a consistent and balanced system of economic operations and definitions that show how production activity (when we go to work) generates income which is then distributed (e.g. as wages) and redistributed (e.g. as taxes) before it creates a basis for the demand for goods and services for private consumption and savings. The system also shows how savings are placed (e.g. as a bank deposit).

The national accounts are calculated at constant prices (chained values) and at current prices. The national accounts at constant prices (chained values) are adjusted for price developments. Developments in real GDP (chained values) thus express the real economic growth.
In order to describe the economic cycle, the economic transactions and economic stakeholders are divided into different types and detailed classifications that are coherent and consistent with each other and over time. The quarterly national accounts have consistent time series dating back to the first quarter of 1990, while the sector-distributed quarterly accounts date back to the first quarter of 1999.
The quarterly national accounts are published for the first time 60 days after the end of the quarter, and a revised version will be published after a further 30 days. The sector-distributed quarterly accounts are published 90 days after the end of the quarter.
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Danish GDP and GNI, Sources and methods 2012

Danish GDP and GNI, Sources and methods 2012

The publication describes in detail the sources and methods used for the compilation of gross domestic product, GDP, and gross national income, GNI. It replaces the previous documentation “Danish National Accounts – Sources and Methods 2003” from 2007. With the new documentation the description of sources and methods is brought up to date and reflects the current compilation methods, international guidelines (ESA2010) and classifications. The publication follows a common structure used by all EU member states and is available in English only.

Revision of National Accounts

National accounts, government finance statistics and the balance of payments will be revised in September.

Grafik: Revision 2014 - Danmarks Statistik

See information on the transition to the accounting system ESA 2010.

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