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Denmark – A quantum technology hotspot

Denmark – A Quantum Technology Hotspot

With a rich legacy of scientific contributions and research excellence, Denmark presents a global hotspot for Quantum Technology in the 21st century. Building upon the groundbreaking work of Niels Bohr, the Danish Nobel Prize laureate and founding father of quantum theory, Denmark has since then made significant investments in basic research and research infrastructure. This commitment has positioned the country at the forefront of quantum research, attracting international companies and talent and paving the way for exciting developments in the field.

Denmark’s Quantum Research Community built on the legacy of Niels Bohr
Denmark’s status as a quantum technology leader can be traced back to Niels Bohr’s revolutionary contributions to quantum physics. In 1913, Bohr proposed a theory for the hydrogen atom, marking the beginning of a new era in physics. Today, the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen, continues to carry forward his legacy. The institute has consistently ranked among the global elite, with its researchers publishing groundbreaking quantum research in renowned journals. Denmark’s multidisciplinary competencies in fields such as photonics, material science, nanotechnology, and computer science complement its quantum research capabilities. This diverse expertise enables Denmark to drive complex research and development projects, which require a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach.

This strong research community also includes the Danish Technical University, where skilled researchers are involved in areas such as a quantum encrypted fibre network connection, Denmark’s first quantum computer, calculations of chemical and biochemical processes and more.

A well-stablished tradition of public-private partnerships, positions Denmark as an ideal incubator for companies developing quantum solutions to solve complex problems.

Denmark chosen as location for NATO Center for Quantum Technology Denmark’s commitment to quantum research and development is evident through recent milestones. In April 2022, Denmark was selected as the location for a new NATO Center for quantum technologies, which will be hosted by the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen. The Center will include an accelerator site and incubator where companies can mature their technology and bring it to market with sparring and input from world leading scientists from Danish universities. The Center will also host a test center facility and laboratory where quantum technology can be developed and tested, including components in quantum sensors, quantum encryption devices and quantum computers. The new center is also part of NATO’s Defense Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA), aiming at keeping the NATO countries technological edge by promoting new and disruptive technologies in the alliance.

Home to a Unique Collaborative Ecosystem with Strong Backing from Private Foundations: Denmark’s success in quantum technology is driven by a collaborative ecosystem with strong partnerships between academia, industry, and government, promoting knowledge exchange and innovation. The Danish Quantum Community plays a crucial role in supporting quantum research projects and facilitating collaboration. A clear testimony to the strong public-private partnership is the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s announcement of a 1.5 billion. DKK investment towards the development of a fully functional quantum computer. This strategic investment underscores the country’s dedication to advancing quantum technology and its potential applications.

Skilled workforce and Europe’s Best Business Environment

Denmark’s strengths in quantum technology and consistent ranking as number one on ease of doing business in Europe make it an appealing destination for foreign companies and investors. The country’s vibrant start-up ecosystem has seen the emergence of several spinouts from Danish universities, focusing on the development of quantum technology and enabling technologies. The availability of a highly skilled workforce, supported by a strong talent pipeline, further enhances Denmark’s appeal. The high living standards and quality of life in Denmark make it an attractive place for professionals to live and work.

Additionally, Denmark offers state-of-the-art infrastructure and top facilities where companies can design, test, and manufacture quantum technologies. The country’s business environment is characterized by favorable tax incentives, intellectual property protection, and a low corporate tax rate, making it an attractive location for both established companies and start-ups in the quantum sector.

Invest in Denmark

If you are curious to know how your company can tap into the Danish Quantum Community, Invest in Denmark – Denmark´s national investment promotion agency – is ready to assist with confidential and tailor-made solutions for foreign companies looking to set up a new business in Denmark or expand an existing one. You can read more about Invest in Denmark here, and reach out to our special advisors here.

SPONSORED by Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Denmark

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