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Denmark Results Report 2019-2022

Denmark’s fourth Open Government Partnership (OGP) action plan (2019–2022) continued to focus on digitizing the public sector and publishing open data. The action plan resulted in the creation of a portal with data on the climate (Commitment 3) and a whistleblower protection system within the Ministry of Justice (Commitment 7). While all commitments were either fully or substantially completed, their impact on opening government was generally marginal. Denmark’s Multi-Stakeholder Forum (MSF) was not consulted during the implementation of the action plan.

Early Results

Denmark’s fourth action plan focused on digitization and open data. By the end of implementation, all commitments saw early results. The Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) noted major early results for Commitment 3, where the Climate Atlas has been actively used in school programs and by municipalities. Commitment 7 on whistleblower protection within the Ministry of Justice, identified as noteworthy in the IRM Design Report, saw marginal early results. The Ministry’s whistleblower system has so far received few inquiries, but it supported Denmark’s implementation of the European Union’s 2019 directive on whistleblower protection.


All commitments in the fourth action plan were fully or substantially completed. This was an improvement from the third action plan (2017–2019) where nine of 14 commitments were fully or substantially completed.[1] Most of the planned technical platforms proposed by the commitments were created. It is expected that these new platforms will be continuously updated with new data after the action plan period. Implementation was accelerated because of a structured data policy in commitments that involved connecting data from several public agencies. The public sector representatives interviewed for this report seldom knew that their projects were included in the action plan. This was often because the representatives joined their project after the action plan’s adoption or because the projects would have been implemented regardless of their inclusion in the action plan.

Participation and Co-Creation

The MSF met once during the co-creation process. The Agency for Digital Government (AfDG) did not create participation opportunities during the implementation period, but several lead agencies collaborated with civil society, citizens, and other public agencies. AfDG did not maintain an online repository during the action plan’s implementation, nor did it publish a self-assessment report. However, as mentioned above, the lack of participation during the implementation did not negatively affect the completion of commitments.

Implementation in Context

The implementation period for the fourth action plan was initially planned for 2019–2021 but was extended to August 2022 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some commitments were delayed because of the run up to the national election in October 2022. While the election campaign and government negotiations to form a new government took place, no ministry or public department could sign contracts.[2] This affected both the rule of law unit within the Danish Appeals Agency (Commitment 6) that waited for a decision on whether the project would receive financial resources to continue and the development of the “My Overview” platform (Commitment 5). The election also affected the OGP Secretariat, as AfDG was moved to a new ministry in December 2022. This created some organizational challenges but has not prevented the continuation of OGP work in Denmark in 2023.

[1] Mikkel Otto Hansen, Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM): Denmark’s Implementation Report 2017–2019 (Open Government Partnership, June 1, 2020),

[2] Sine Riis Lund, ”Hvad må embedsmænd lave under en valgkamp? (in Danish), Altinget, October 9, 2022,  


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