Central Denmark Region is one of five regional administrative units in Denmark. The primary responsibility of Central Denmark Region is healthcare, involving responsibility for hospital services, including psychiatry, health insurance, general practitioners and specialists. In addition the region operates a number of social institutions.
Furthermore, the region ensures and coordinates regional development in areas such as natural resources, food, environment, business and tourism. The region must secure the overall strategy and at the same time a top quality of services; be it in the personal educational contact at institutions or when a patient needs nerve fibre surgery. Around 30.000 employees work to carry out regional tasks at all levels.
Central Denmark Region is the largest of the five Danish regions – covering 13,000 square kilometres. The region has a population of 1.3 m people. The region has a thriving business community with specific strengths within sustainable energy production, processing of foodstuffs, information technology and advanced manufacturing industry. In addition, the university and research facilities are of a high international standard. The region is well served by a digital and physical infrastructure that covers highways as well as two international airports and Denmark’s largest container harbour.
The region stretches from coast to coast across Central Jutland Peninsula. It offers a wide range of experiences and there are landscapes and cultural sights to suit every taste all the year round. From the untamed North Sea in the West with endless kilometres of sandy beaches for nature lovers, swimmers, windsurfers and kite surfers to the hilly lake district in the heart of Jutland with its Himmelbjerget and on to city life in Aarhus, the second largest city in Denmark. Djursland lying even further to the East has a wide variety of landscapes and presents three experience centres with marine, domestic and exotic animals.
Promoting regional development is one of Central Denmark Region's two main tasks - the other being the provision of health and welfare services.
The Department of Regional Development in Central Denmark Region provides a plan for growth and development in collaboration with municipalities and other local actors. The Department of Regional Development is responsible for the planning and development of public transport, tourism, education and solving tasks related to handling contaminated groundwater and land.
According to the overall vision the Central Denmark Region will be an international growth region in a cohesive Denmark by 2030. Therefore we see ourselves as an active partner in the increasing globalisation and we address the challenges that the region faces in order to be among the most competitive regions in Europe.
The department of Regional Development solves most of our tasks in collaboration with others. In addition to the international partners we collaborate with the 19 municipalities in the Central Denmark Region, national authorities, knowledge and educational institutions, the private sector, the Central Denmark Employment Region, employer and employee organisations and business promotions agencies.
The region is particularly strong in energy and the environment, foodstuffs and health-related business. The region has world leaders like Vestas, Siemens and Grundfos in the energy and environment sector and head quarters and R&D departments of global giants such as ARLA, DuPont and Danish Crown within the food sector. Furthermore, we have many small and medium-sized businesses specializing in developing their own products.
The political awareness concerning climate changes and safety of energy supply has added pressure on the global market to develop efficient and sustainable solutions in energy and environment technology.
The Central Denmark Region therefore has a unique potential for being able to develop the energy and environment technology sector. A very unique case is the Danish island of renewable energy, Samsoe, which has been self-sufficient in energy since 2003. The next goal, however, is a more intelligent use of energy resources – e.g. using excess electricity and hydrogen in the transport sector.
Central Denmark Region has a very important foodstuffs sector with large manufacturing, processing and distribution units, strong research and development activities, knowledge groups as well as a variety of networking activities. Food production in Central Denmark is world-class, both in terms of food safety, quality efficient production and focus on climate and environmental considerations.
The region also sees great development potential in the health-related business sector. The research undertaken at the region’s educational institutions is amongst the best in the world. Based on the health sector, Central Denmark Region aims to further develop a business which is innovative and globally oriented. This it aims to achieve by increasing co-operation between business communities, the health and knowledge sectors and across borders of trade, industry and geography.