Towards Greener Pastures: What Can Denmark Do to Attract FDI Within its Green Industry?

Hans Prytz Henriksen

Student thesis: Master thesis


This thesis addresses the research question ‘What can the government of Denmark do to attract greenfield Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) within its green sector?’ with the aim of creating a series of policy proposals for the sitting Danish government that will make Denmark a more investment climate. To achieve this, the thesis mainly utilizes John Dunning’s eclectic paradigm to determine the locational factors that make Denmark an attractive location for FDI, but draws upon other theoretical frameworks as well. The thesis includes a thorough assessment of the history of FDI within Denmark, the Danish investment promotion system as well as whether FDI is beneficial to Denmark or not. The thesis also defines what constitutes green investment and addresses how Denmark can maintain its competitive edge within the green industry. Despite epistemological challenges, most notably lack of readily accessible data, the thesis concludes that Denmark can become a more attractive investment location within the green industry by - pursuing a more ambitious policy with regards to climate change and sustainability - branding itself better - maintaining and improving its educational and R&D-regime - ensuring closer cooperation between regional, local and state actors to ensure the transfer of best practices within investment promotion - cooperating closer with Norway and Sweden to brand Scandinavia internationally

EducationsMSc in International Business and Politics, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2016
Number of pages106
SupervisorsPoul F. Kjær