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Factsheet for measure DK-2021-14/1670 – measures in Denmark

Extra help for particularly hard corona-affected areas

Ekstra hjælp til særligt hårdt corona-ramte områder

Country Denmark , applies regionally

    • – DK01 Hovedstaden
      – DK05 Nordjylland
Time period Open ended, started on 01 April 2021
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
Author Carsten Jørgensen (FAOS, University of Copenhagen), Anders Randrup (Oxford Research)
Measure added 07 January 2021 (updated 14 January 2021)

Background information

The crisis has hit some geographic areas in Denmark harder than others. Especially many citizens are affected in The North Denmark Region (North Jutland) and the Capital area. It places extraordinarily high demands on the professional organisations, employers and authorities to work closely together to ensure that dismissed employees return to employment quickly.

The measure is part of the Finance Act on 6 December 2020 between the Government and the other political parties constituting the Government's parliamentary basis.

Content of measure

With the Finance Act on 6 December 2020, the Government have allocated 50 million DKK for an increased training and qualification effort in the areas that have been particularly hit hard by the pandemic. These are North Jutland and the Capital area.

With the money, special temporary training initiatives will be set up for particularly affected municipalities, and several VET-coordinators will be hired to ensure that the workforce is quickly ready to take jobs in other industries.

In the two areas, special temporary training efforts will be launched during the spring of 2021. The training initiatives will be implemented as initiatives for defined groups of those affected, for example employees in individual companies or industries. The efforts will be particularly targeted at skilled and unskilled workers, but may also include citizens with a higher education who want retraining for new professions.

Use of measure


Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Applies to all workers Does not apply to businesses

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 No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

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

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


No involvement

Views and reactions




Eurofound (2021), Extra help for particularly hard corona-affected areas, measure DK-2021-14/1670 (measures in Denmark), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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