Denmark needs IT specialists

Donovan, Tristan
April 2004
IT Training;Apr2004, p13
Trade Publication
Government support has helped put Danes ahead in terms of IT skills, but this has led to its own problems. Much like the long dark winters associated with Scandinavia, the outlook for Denmark's IT training market has been rather gloomy in recent years. The Danish government deserves some of the credit for the high level of IT skills in the country. The Oresund region, essentially Denmark and Sweden's shared silicon valley, is home to almost 100,000 IT sector employees, many of whom handle research and development for firms such as IBM and Microsoft. Increased demand from Denmark's sizeable public sector is likely to grow in importance during 2004, as large-scale investments in e-government, such as electronic health records for every citizen, filter through to training providers. Overall, it appears Denmark has done much to equip the country with desktop IT skills, primarily through government efforts, but the high-level and research-heavy nature of its IT sector is giving the country some headaches when it comes to developing its IT professional workforce.


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