Denmark: nutrition policy snapshot

This snapshot presents strengths and weaknesses of national nutrition policy actions in Denmark. Compare Denmark with other European countries in our NOURISHING policy index.

> Read the NOURISHING snapshot for Denmark in English or Danish

Denmark implements policy actions in 8 out of the 10 policy areas of the NOURISHING framework. One policy area received the highest assessment which was excellent in increasing public awareness of healthy eating through communication campaigns (I2). One policy area received a good assessment which was limits or removal of specific nutrients in food products (I1) with two policy areas nutrition label standards and regulations (N1) and food standards in public institutions (O) rated moderate.

Despite achieving a moderate assessment, weaknesses and gaps were identified throughout these policy areas such as a lack of nutrition label standards and regulations implemented beyond EU level regulations (N1), an absence of regulations surrounding sugar-sweetened beverage provision in schools, and food availability within the school vicinity (O). Much more needs to be done to improve food marketing and advertising regulations to young people to reduce their exposure to unhealthy food (R), to improve public food procurement policies at national level (H), alongside nutrition education and skills (G).

No action was taken in two policy areas which included creating a healthy retail and food service environment (S), and nutrition advice and counselling in healthcare settings (N2). Using economic tools to address food affordability and purchase incentives (U) should be strengthened beyond health related food taxes.

Download a full analysis and breakdown of Denmark’s result (pdf, English)

This country snapshot presents detailed results of the NOURISHING policy index for Denmark. Full index results are outlined in the NOURISHING policy brief (pdf), which compares Denmark with other European countries and explains the methods for producing this snapshot and the index.

The index assesses if national government policy actions exist across all areas of the NOURISHING framework and, if so, how well designed they are. We produced this assessment by benchmarking policies from Denmark, collected through a comprehensive scan. You can view all benchmarked policies in our NOURISHING database.

Overview of nutrition policy status in Denmark

Denmark NOURISHING overview

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