More efficient and effective ways of delivering public services are needed in order to ensure a sustainable economy and to preserve the service levels of the Danish welfare state in the years ahead.

Why work with digital welfare?

Well-functioning public services are the cornerstone of the Danish welfare state. The Danish government sees an efficient and effective public sector as a prerequisite for a continuous high standard of living. However, Denmark faces a number of challenges that risk reducing public welfare services – or making them far more expensive to deliver for the public sector.

The challenges

The global financial and economic crisis has strained public budgets. And there are limited possibilities for increasing expenses in the public sector in the years to come.

Simultaneously, in an ageing society, the numbers of elderly citizens will increase, and so will the strains on health care services, care of the elderly, social service delivery etc. Meanwhile, the public sector will have to manage with fewer employees in the years ahead.

Population projections predict that by 2040, the number of elderly (+70 years) will have increased by 84 pct., while the number of children and citizens of working age will remain the same as today.

Read more about the background and challenges of Digital Welfare in Denmark here (pdf)