Over the last 10-15 years we have witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of new policy think tanks in Denmark. This guide contains altogether 30 Danish think tanks. The think tanks are divided into two categories:

  1. research driven think tanks where research and analysis is an integrated part of the mission and work of the think tanks
  2. policy driven thinks tanks that focus on current political isues and actively engage in the development and formulation of solution based policies.

Another important distinction is between publicly or privately funded think tanks. We elaborate more on the background of the Danish Think Tanks in our rapport: The Danish Think Tank Analysis 2017, which can be ordered upon request here: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / +45 26 19 01 19


  1. Boligøkonomisk Videncenter – The Knowledge Centre for Housing Economics
    The Knowledge Centre for Housing Economics was established in 2009 by the Realdania Foundation. Initially, it was a three-year initiative. In 2012, the project was extended for 2013 - 2017. The main aim is to create a better understanding of and to debate the problems and challenges facing the Danish housing economy. The background for the initiative is the international economic crisis, which hit the Danish housing market hard and caused substantial falls in housing prices and wealth. Learn more here: http://www.bvc.dk
  2. Center for Militære Studier (CMS ) - The Centre for Military Studies
    The Centre for Military Studies was established in 2007. It is a research centre at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, partly financed by the Ministry of Defence and private foundations. The think tank focuses on policy-research and research-based analysis of current national defence issues and security affairs. CMS publishes reports with recommendations and policy-advice on current security and defence matters to the public at large, as well as to the Danish Folketing (Parliament) and the Ministry of Defence. Learn more here: http://cms.polsci.ku.dk
  3. Dansk Institut for Internationale Studier (DIIS) – Danish Institute for International Studies
    DIIS was founded in 2002 as a merger between several public research institutes within the field of international relations and development. DIIS conducts policy-research and -analysis within the area of globalization, European security in relation to Russia and the Middle East, development aid and studies of US foreign policy and international organization. DIIS is a non-partisan public think tank, primarily financed by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Learn more here: http://www.diis.dk
  4. Forsvarsakademiet – The Royal Danish Defense College
    Since its foundation in 1830 as a military college The Royal Danish Defense College has undergone a lot of changes. Since 2014 the main aim of the Defense College is to educate military officers and to conduct relevant research with three key areas: military leadership, military operations and military strategy in order to educate officers and personnel at the cutting-edge of research and for researchers at the Defence College to communicate military research and analysis to Danish politicians, civil servants and the population in general. Learn mere here: http://www.fak.dk
  5. Forskningscenter for Arbejdsmarkeds- og Organisationsstudier (FAOS) – Employment Relations Research Centre
    FAOS - Research Centre for Labor and Organization Studies – was established in 1999, but has served as a research group and think tank at the Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen, since 1990. FAOS specializes in the study of labor relations in Danish, Nordic and European context. Research is particularly focused on the so-called ‘Danish Model of Labor relations’ and how the model functions in the café of new challenges of immigration, integration and globalization. FAOS is co- financed by both Danish Ministry of Employment, Danish Employers and Employees Associations. Learn more here: http://faos.ku.dk
  6. Rockwool Fondens Forskningsenhed – The Rockwool Foundation’s Research Unit
    The Rockwool Foundation’s Research Unit was established in 1981 as in one of the few think tanks in Denmark solely financed by one, private source - the Rockwool Foundation. The main of this private, scholarly think tank is to produce empirically based scientific analysis and research related to the current problems “faced by modern Danish society”. It is a non-partisan and self-financed think tank. Research projects focus on labor market conditions and the functions and legitimacy of the welfare state. The main goal of their research is “to educate the public and raise the standard of public debate, in order to improve the basis for political decision-making.” Research is conducted mainly by the Research Unit and often in collaboration with external researchers from other research institutions. Learn more here: http://www.rockwoolfonden.dk
  7. Danmarks Evalueringsinstitut (EVA)-The Danish Evaluation Institute
    The Danish Evaluation Institute, EVA, was established under the Ministry of Education in 1999. The institute succeeded the Evaluation Centre, which existed from 1992-1999. This public think tank main aim is to develops and improve the quality of day care centers, schools and educational programs through large-scale participatory evaluations, and inform policy-makers on the basis of their research and analysis. Learn more here: www.eva.dk
  8. Det Etiske Råd – The Danish Council of Ethics
    The Danish Council of Ethics was founded in1988 to provide the Danish Parliament, authorities, and the public with advice and information regarding ethical problems in the national health care sector, and developments within biotechnology, which affect human life, nature, the environment and food. The council brings together a diverse range of experts to analyze and promote public debate on issues of ethical concern. Learn more here: http://www.etiskraad.dk
  9. Institut for Menneskerettigheder (IMR) - The Danish Institute for Human Rights
    The Danish Institute for Human Rights is an independent state-funded think-tank. Their main aim is to promote and protect human rights and in Denmark and abroad. IMR was established in 2003 and conducts both basic research and up-to-date analysis of relevant human rights issues in Denmark and abroad. In Denmark, the think tank also advises the government, the Parliament, ministries and public authorities on human rights issues. Abroad, the think tank collaborates with states, independent organizations and the business community to strengthen human rights in their countries. Learn more here: www.menneskeret.dk
  10. Instituttet for Fremtidsforskning – Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies
    The Copenhagen institute for Futures Studies was founded in 1970. It is an interdisciplinary think tank - and private consultancy - working to inform the public and private about the future and thereby strengthen the basis for decision-making. Learn more here: http://iff.dk
  11. Det Nationale Institut for Kommuner og Regioners Analyse og Forskning (KORA) – The Danish Institute for Local and Regional Government Research
    KORA - The Danish Institute for Local and Regional Government Research - was founded in 2012 and is financed partly by the Ministry of the Interior as well as the regions and municipalities of Denmark. This public think tank carries out research and analysis on the welfare services provided by municipalities and regions in Denmark. KORA’s aim is to promote quality improvement, optimizing management and the use of resources in the public sector. Learn more here: www.kora.dk
  12. Det Nationale Forskningscenter for Velfærd (SFI) - The National Centre for Social Research
    The National Centre for Social Research was founded in 1958 and is focused on social and welfare state policy research in Denmark. SFI conducts research within social and employment policies, the supply and demand of labour, social marginalization and vulnerability, education and living conditions and social mobility of children, young people and families, ethnic minorities, integration and participation in society. SFI is a public think tank under the Ministry of Economics and the Interior. Learn more here: www.sfi.dk
  13. Europæisk Center for Mindretalsspørgsmål (ECMI) – European Centre for Minority Issues
    ECMI – European Centre for Minority Issues – was founded in 1996 by the authorities of Denmark, Germany, and Schleswig-Holstein. The think tank conducts practice and policy-oriented research, information and documentation, and offers advisory services concerning minority-majority relationship in Europe. Learn more here: www.ecmi.de
  14. Det Nationale Forskningscenter for Arbejdsmiljø (NFA) – The National Research Centre for Working Environment
    The National Research Centre for Working Environment was founded in 2007 under the Ministry of Employment. The mission of this public think tank is to carry out research, communicate research-based knowledge and provide training options that will enable the development of a safer and healthier working environment. Learn more here: http://www.arbejdsmiljoforskning.dk/


  1. Arbejderbevægelsens Erhvervsråd (AE-rådet) – The Economic Council of the Labour Movement
    The Economic Council of the Labour Movement was founded in 1936 as an important forum for Danish trade union leaders and representatives of the parliamentary group of the Social Democratic Party. The think tank is an economic policy institute working to promote economic growth as well as social equality in Danish society. The think tank is working both on own policy-initiatives, and in close cooperation with Danish Unions within The Danish Labor Movement (LO), to provide analysis, reports and economic forecasts, focusing on social, educational, labor market and general economic issues and solutions. Learn more here: https://www.ae.dk

  2. Akademiet for de Tekniske Videnskaber (ATV) – The Danish Academy of Technical Sciences
    The Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (ATV) was founded in 1937 by a group of researchers within the natural sciences and several Danish businesspeople. The think tank is co-financed by a broad range of members representing business and technical research communities in Denmark. The main aim is to “make Denmark one of the leading Science and Engineering regions in the world” by strengthening national education and research within the fields of technology and natural sciences. Learn more here: www.atv.dk

  3. Axcelfuture
    Axcelfuture was established in 2012 and is a new private think tank focusing on the business and investment climate in Denmark. Reports and recommendations are aimed at improving the competitiveness of the Danish economy, i.e. focusing on the financing of small and medium-sized businesses, the organization of Danish infrastructure, national education system, corporate taxation, financial institutions and more. Axcelfuture develops specific policy-solutions within these areas on the basis of economic analysis and qualitative input from business leaders, experts and analysts. Learn more here: http://axcelfuture.dk

  4. Baltic Development Forum (BDF)
    The Baltic Development Forum is a regional think-tank based in Copenhagen, Denmark. BDF was founded in 1998 as a platform that brings together political and business actors across sectors, borders, regions, and levels of decision-making to facilitate collaboration, develop regional policy, and advance growth and competitiveness in the Baltic Sea Region. A region that experienced closed borders and non-cooperation during the Cold War. BDF is mainly financed by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs - as well as other public and private donors. It links researchers with key stakeholders, publishes new research and analysis, and facilitates region wide knowledge dissemination. Learn more here: http://www.bdforum.org

  5. Center for Politiske Studier (CEPOS) – Centre for Political Studies
    CEPOS (Centre for Political Studies) was founded in 2004 and is the first free-market oriented think tank in Denmark “promoting a society based on freedom, responsibility, private initiative and limited government.” CEPOS was established by a group of prominent Danish business people, policy-thinkers and cultural personalities and is today only funded by private sources. CEPOS is focused on several key themes: Danish public finances, tax policy and economic analysis of the labor market. Learn more here: www.cepos.dk

  6. Cevea
    Cevea was founded in 2008. The think tank is center-left oriented and its aim is to develop ideas to “promote a society based on freedom, equality and community”. It is partly financed by contributions from unions within the Danish Labor Movement, as well as member contributions. Cevea participates in the current political debate, publishes analysis and runs a active academy. Cevea is focused on several key themes: public finances, social and labor market policies, measures of inequality and more. Learn more here: www.cevea.dk

    CONCITO was founded in 2008 and is a green think tank with a network of nearly 100 companies, researchers, organisations and individuals as members of the Council. Many are active members within the think tank and are affiliated to a number of working groups. Major projects are financed by private Danish foundations. The objective of CONCITO is to provide analysis and information on “the best and most low-cost transition towards a climate-neutral society in Denmark and in other parts of the world“. The think tank is also involved in international networks with other think tanks. www.concito.dk

  8. De Økonomiske Råd (DØR) – The Danish Economic Council
    The Danish Economic Council was established by law in 1962. It is funded by the Danish Government (Ministry of Economics and the Interior) and generates economic forecasts and policy analyses for the Government and Parliament. On the one hand it consists of an independent council of scholarly economists – so-called Wise Men – that chair the council for a period. On the other hand the think tank also organizes 27 members of the Council representing unions, employers, the Danish central bank, the Economic, Employment and Finance ministries, and independent experts. Its secretariat consists of administrative and technical staff.
    The primary objective of DØR is to provide independent analysis of the Danish economy, and bring so-called ‘social partners’ together to discuss the foundations for and provide evidence-based national economic policy advice to Danish policy makers. The chair’s formal role is also to act as a fiscal watchdog. The chair is obliged by law to give an annual assessment of public finances, including assessing whether fiscal policy is on a long- term sustainable path or not. Learn more here: www.dors.dk

  9. Det Økologiske Råd – The Ecological Council
    The Ecological Council was founded in 1991 and aims to promote sustainable development in Denmark and focuses on environmental concerns, social justice and human well-being. The think tank is an organization based upon membership fees and donations from private foundations dealing with environmental and consumer policy, and at the same time engaging in dialogue with both politicians and the public. Learn more here: www.ecocouncil.dk

  10.  Det Udenrigspolitiske Selskab (DUS) - The Danish Foreign Policy Society
    The Danish Foreign Policy Society was founded in 1946 with the purpose to promote public interest in and create awareness about foreign policy and international affairs in general. DUS is financed partly through membership fees. To stimulate public debate DUS publishes a series of studies and reports on relevant foreign policy issues, and engages in foreign policy debates with key policy-makers. Learn more here: http://udenrigs.dk

  11.  Tænketanken DEA – The think tank DEA
    DEA was founded in 2010. DEA is focused on education and research policy in Denmark at all levels. DEAs aim is to promote effective public investments in research, education and innovation that contribute to higher growth and productivity in Danish business and society. DEA provides policy research and analysis, and engages in dialogues with key public and private stakeholders. DEA is mainly financed by educational institutions (i.e. membership fees), private foundations and public programs. Learn more here: www.dea.nu

  12. Justitia
    Justitia was founded in 2014 and is the first think tank to focus strictly on judicial issues. The main aim of Justitia is to strengthen the public focus on the rule of law, as well as respect for fundamental constitutional principles and freedom rights among authorities, experts and decision makers in Denmark as well as internationally. Justitia is co-financed by private foundations in Denmark. Learn more here: www.justitia-int.org

  13. Kraka
    Kraka was founded in 2011 with the mission to provide and disseminate knowledge that can help to balance considerations and qualify political decisions in general and in particularly within the the public sector. The think tank analyzes and suggests structural adjustments aiming to develop and adapt the welfare model in a long-term perspective. Further, the think tank does have an international outlook. Learn more here: www.kraka.org

  14. Kvinfo
    KVINFO - The Danish Centre for Gender, Equality and Diversity - was founded in 1987 as a self-governing institution under the Danish Ministry of Culture. The think tank is working towards a vision of freedom, equality and diversity by collecting, generating, and disseminating information and research, finding new ways to achieve genuine equality, and starting dialogues and partnerships. Learn more here: www.kvinfo.dk

  15. Mandag Morgen – Monday Morning
    Monday Morning was founded in 1989, and is today a think tank and media house combined. Their mission is to "turn risks to opportunities for society's decision makers". Monday Morning focuses on issues as climate change, sustainability, welfare systems, public health, corporate innovation and growth, globalization and digital society. Learn more here: www.mm.dk 

  16. Tænketanken Europa - Think Tank Europe
    Think tank Europe was founded in 2013. It is an independent think tank mainly organized and financed by the largest employers’ organization in Denmark, Dansk Industri, and their union counterpart, CO-Industri and Dansk Metal. Areas of research are EU policy-issues related to Denmark and the European Union, where developments of public opinion are of particular concern. Think tank Europe is also widely engaged in dialogues with key public and private stakeholders, developing constructive policy- solutions to Denmark’s role in the European Union. Learn more here: www.thinkeuropa.dk

 List last updated in 2017.