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Factsheet for measure DK-2020-12/1792 Updated – measures in Denmark

Compensation scheme for cancelled larger arrangements and events

Kompensation for aflyste større arrangementer

Country Denmark , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 20 March 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial) or damage compensation
Author Maria Hansen (FAOS, University of Copenhagen)
Measure added 17 March 2021 (updated 20 January 2022)

Background information

On 17 March 2020 the Danish government extended a law on containment measures regarding infectious diseases, including prohibiting assemblies and large gatherings (LOV nr 208 af 17/03/2020). This resulted in a prohibition of assemblies over 500 people as a containment measure of COVID-19. As a result of the measure many large arrangements and events were cancelled at the expense of the organising body; for example concerts, festivals and sporting events. In order to support some of the arrangers, the government and the parties in parliament agreed on a compensation scheme for cancelled larger arrangements on 20 March 2020.

BEK nr 456 af 20/04/2020 Bekendtgørelse om forbud mod store forsamlinger i forbindelse med håndteringen af COVID-19.

Content of measure

The compensation scheme applies to the economic loss of organising bodies as an effect from cancellation, postponement or substantial changes from one or several arrangements due to COVID-19. In order for the applicant to receive compensation, the arrangement has to meet the following requirements:

  • Period of cancellation is between 6 march 2020 and 31 March 2020
  • Open to public enlistment
  • Minimum 1,000 participants
  • Minimum 500 participants from risk groups

The compensation for cancelled larger arrangements was the first out of four large subsidy schemes that the Danish government has introduced: The intent is to support the businesses, while protecting the jobs of the individuals in order to ensure a faster recovery of the economy on the other side of the pandemic.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

07 December 2021

The compensation scheme will be reopened for events with at least 350 standing persons scheduled before 7 December 2021 or permanently recurring and cancelled, postponed or substantially amended.

At the same time, a scheme is established to cover venue cancellations or changes to smaller indoor events (51-349 standing guests).

09 February 2021

It is stated in an agreement that if the current tightened restrictions (at the time of agreement) continue in to March and April the compensation schemes - this one included - are to be extended subsequently.

16 December 2020

The compensation scheme is extended to cover the period of cancellation until 28 February 2021.

27 October 2020

The compensation scheme is extended to cover the period of cancellation until 31 January 2021.

28 August 2020

The government decided that if the restriction concerning larger gatherings is still present on 31 October 2020, the scheme is to be expanded to cover the period, however no later than 31 December 2020.

18 April 2020

The compensation scheme is extended to cover the period to 31 August and the minimum number of participants is decreased to 350 (with planned simultaneous attendance). Further, the extension now also covers arrangements taking place everyday in a set period of maximum 28 days, otherwise it only covers arrangements that maximum occur every other day.

01 April 2020

The government decided to expand the compensation scheme to cover the period of cancellation until 9 June 2020.

Use of measure

The Danish Business Authority (Erhvervsstyrelsen) has a webpage that regularly updates information regarding number and payments of the different compensation schemes. As of 20th of September 2021, the numbers from the compensation scheme for cancelling larger events are:

  • Approved applications: 715
  • Total compensation paid: DKK 789 million (€106 million)

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement as case not in social partner domain No involvement as case not in social partner domain
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


The social partners were not involved as the initial legislation (in this case prohibition of gatherings) is based on measures of containment, which is outside the domain of social partners.

Views and reactions

The social partners have not expressed any views in particular about this measure.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation R90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities
      R91 Libraries, archives, museums and other cultural activities
      R93 Sports activities and amusement and recreation activities

This case is not occupation-specific.


  • 01 April 2020: Faktaark: Kompensationsordning for aflysning af større arrangementer som følge af COVID-19 (
  • 18 April 2020: Aftale om forlængelse og udvidelse af kompensationsordning til arrangører (
  • 20 April 2020: Bekendtgørelse om forbud mod store forsamlinger i forbindelse med håndteringen af covid-19 (
  • 28 August 2020: Bedre vilkår til særligt hårdt ramte dele af dansk erhvervs-, idræts- og kulturliv (
  • 27 October 2020: Udvidelse af hjælpepakker (
  • 16 December 2020: Tillæg til aftale om genåbning af generelle kompensationsordninger (
  • 09 February 2021: Yderligere forbedringer af hjælpepakkerne for ikke mindst de mindre erhvervsdrivende (
  • 17 March 2021: Statistik for kompensationsordninger
  • 12 October 2021: Statistics for compensation schemes (
  • 09 December 2021: Glædeligt med hurtig aftale om kompensation (


Eurofound (2021), Compensation scheme for cancelled larger arrangements and events, measure DK-2020-12/1792 (measures in Denmark), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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