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FLAG factsheet - Denmark - LAG Bornholm

Offical name: 
LAG Bornholm
Island of Bornholm
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Description of the area and its main challenges

The island of Bornholm has an aging population, low levels of education and net outward migration, which is contributing to population decline. The island's commercial fishing industry is experiencing a sharp decline, due to an increasingly limited catch and heavy competition from cheaper imported fish products. Furthermore, the Baltic Sea, which surrounds Bornholm, suffers from pollution and other environmental problems, which also has a negative impact on fish stocks.

Population: 41 950                                                   Employment in fisheries: less than 300

Surface area/km²: 588                                            Coastal or inland: Coastal

Population Density/ Inhabitants/ km²: 71

Protected areas: The 150 km long coastal zone is protected by a number of laws, such as the coastal protection zones, which limit new development within 3 km of the coast outside of urban areas. Bornholm also possesses a series of protected areas, including several Natura-2000 sites.

Main focus of FLAG strategy

FLAG-Bornholm's development strategy focuses on the branding of fish, sea and ports. The idea is to create a major fisheries development center, which would act as a focal point ("a so called "lighthouse" project) for fisheries related activities, along with several smaller projects related to the theme of fish, sea and ports.

The immediate priority for FLAG Bornholm is to lay the foundations for a broader based economic development, which could eventually help to restart activity in the fisheries sector.

Environmental Management (1-5, where 5 is high priority and 1 is low priority): 1

Improving the competitiveness of the fisheries sector (1-5): 4

Diversification into other activities (1-5): 4

Other: The development of aquaculture

Project examples and ideas

- Farming organic salmon, focusing on species native to the Baltic Sea;

- Rebuilding an old wooden ship from the 19th Century and its promotion as a major tourist attraction;

- Promoting local fish within the framework of Culinary-Heritage Europe  

- Production of edible seaweed 


Lead partner / responsible legal entity: FLAG-Bornholm

Other key actors/organisations in the partnership: FLAG Bornholm is organised as a not-for-profit association. All inhabitants aged over 18 can join the association

Links with LEADER: FLAG-Bornholm is an integrated local action group, based on the LEADER-methodology, operating in rural and fisheries areas.             

% of public actors: 35 

% of fisheries actors: 25

% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 40

% of environmental actors: 20

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership: 12 of the 15 board members are elected members. The remaining three are reserved, in compliance with Danish Law, for various public bodies. Several members represent multiple interests. 

Number of individuals on main decision-making body: 15 (12 elected and three appointed by the government)

Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 0.3


Total public funding 2007-2013: € 2 000 000 (estimated) 


EFF: € 1 300 000 (estimated)

Other public: € 700 000 (estimated)

Private: € 500 000 (estimated)


FLAG Manager: 
Hans Jørgen Jensen
Other contact: 
Jørgen Hammer
Møllebakken 4c? 3760 GudhjeM
hjj (at)
Languages spoken: 
Danish, English