7 - State/public organizations (authorities)

Business Finland



Business Finland is the Finnish innovation funding, trade, investment, and travel promotion organization, headquartered in Helsinki. Business Finland is fully owned by the Finnish Government. Business Finland employs 600 experts in 40 offices globally and in 20 regional offices around Finland. Business Finland is part of the Team Finland network.

Ulla Lainio,  Arctic Maritime & Offshore from Finland Program Director

City of Copenhagen (Københavns Kommune)

The City of Copenhagen has a population of 600.000 and about 33.000 businesses.

The City of Copenhagen has adopted an ambitious business and growth policy. The goal of the ‘Business and Growth Policy’ is to become Northern Europe's leading business metropolis – where economic growth and quality of life go hand in hand. These ambitious goals will be achieved through strengthening and maintaining Copenhagen as an open city that attracts international companies, investments, highly skilled international professionals, tourists and big events. Read more

Business House Copenhagen is the link between businesses and the City of Copenhagen, and they help entrepreneurs start their own business. They also help and guide businesses to get the required permits, applications and licenses from the City of Copenhagen and other authorities. And they help businesses with recruitment. Read more  

International House Copenhagen is the one-point entry for all international citizens coming to Copenhagen to work or study. The objective of the house is to provide international citizens with the best possible start to life in Copenhagen by giving them the comfort of a one-point entry.

Signe Ingholt-Gaarde, Senior Advisor, Department of Finance

Danish Maritime Authority

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Our field of responsibility is based on the shipping industry and its framework conditions, the ship and its crew. In addition, we are responsible for buoying in the waters surrounding Denmark and navigation marks ashore. In other words, the Danish Maritime Authority has the responsibility for the following:

  • The construction, equipment and operation of Danish ships (including safety, terror prevention, navigational regulations, manning, occupational health and environmental protection) as well as port State control of foreign ships calling at Danish ports.

  • Ship registration.

  • Seafarers’ employment, health and conditions of social security.

  • Shipping policy, maritime law as well as industrial policy, both nationally and internationally.

  • Tasks related to buoying at sea and navigation marks ashore (lighthouses and buoys), including ships and repair workshops.

  • Navigational information in the form of navigational analyses, warnings, GIS and specialist publications.

  • The national pilot authority.

The Danish Maritime Authority consists of the central authority, eight survey offices, including the office in Nuuk, Greenland, as well as the Centre of Maritime Health and Safety on the island of Fanø.

Our responsibility as a government agency applies both to the merchant fleet and the fishing industry. However, the Danish Maritime Authority is not responsible for the industrial policy relating to fishing which is under the auspices of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries.

Please observe that the surveillance of Danish waters and of civilian shipping, sovereignty enforcement, the police authority, pollution prevention, environmental surveillance, ice-breaking, etc. are the responsibility of the Ministry of Defence.

The Danish Maritime Authority is a government agency under the Ministry of Business and Growth.

Today, the Danish merchant fleet consists of approximately 500 larger commercial ships engaged on international voyages, 5,000 fishing vessels, and 2,000 other vessels.

Being a nation surrounded by water, Denmark can also add to its collected fleet approximately 50,000 pleasure craft.

Mogens Schrøder Bech, Head of Division

Ministry of Transport, Building, and Housing

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Et moderne samfund kan ikke fungere uden mobilitet. Som individer skal vi kunne bevæge os fra ét sted til et andet, og produkter skal transporteres mellem leverandører og producenter og ud til forbrugerne - der skal være mulighed for mobilitet. Transportministeriet arbejder for at skabe gode rammer for transport. Dette indebærer planlægning, drift og vedligeholdelse af infrastruktur, tilsyn og rammedannelse af transportsektorer, herunder skibsfart.

Transportministeriet er den øverste danske statslige myndighed inden for transport med transportministeren som kompentecehaver.

Transportministeriet består af et departement med en række nævn, råd, styrelser, selskaber og virksomheder.

Transportministeriet varetager ejerskabet af en række selskaber, der ledes og drives af en bestyrelse og en direktion.


  • Sund & Bælt Holding A/S (Ejerandel 100 pct.)

  • Bornholmstrafikken Holding A/S (Ejerandel 100 pct.)

  • PostNord AB (Ejerandel 40 pct.)

Virksomheder med Transportministeriets deltagelse:

  • DSB (Selvstændig offentlig virksomhed). (Ejerandel 100 pct.)

  • Naviair (Selvstændig offentlig virksomhed. (Ejerandel 100 pct.)

  • Udviklingsselskabet By & Havn I/S (Ejerandel 45 pct.)

  • Metroselskabet I/S (Ejerandel 41,7 pct.)

Jakob Visti Eriksen, Fuldmægtig


The Danish Maritime Accident Investigation Board

The Danish Maritime Accident Investigation Board
The Danish Maritime Accident Investigation Board is an independent unit under the Ministry of Business and Growth that carries out investigations with a view to preventing accidents and promoting initiatives that will enhance safety at sea. The Danish Maritime Accident Investigation Board is an impartial unit which is, organizationally and legally, independent of other parties. 

The purpose of the Danish Maritime Accident Investigation Board is to investigate maritime accidents and to make recommendations for improving safety, and it forms part of a collaboration with similar investigation bodies in other countries. The Danish Maritime Accident Investigation Board investigates maritime accidents and accidents to seafarers on Danish and Greenlandic merchant and fishing ships as well as accidents on foreign merchant ships in Danish and Greenlandic waters. 

The investigations of the Danish Maritime Accident Investigation Board procure information about the actual circumstances of accidents and clarify the sequence of events and reasons leading to these accidents. The investigations are carried out separate from the criminal investigation. The criminal and/or liability aspects of accidents are not considered.  

Marine accident reports and summary reports
The Danish Maritime Accident Investigation Board investigates about 140 accidents annually. In case of very serious accidents, such as deaths and losses, or in case of other special circumstances, either a marine accident report or a summary report is published depending on the extent and complexity of the accident.

Oessur Hilduberg, Head of The Danish Maritime Accident Investigation Board