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FLAG factsheet - Denmark - North Jutland

Offical name: 
North Jutland
North Jutland
North Jutland
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Description of the area and its main challenges

North Jutland has a strong tradition in both farming and fisheries. Currently, around 80% of all fish landed in Denmark is landed in North Jutland.

During the last 20 years, Danish fisheries have been through a period of significant change, leading to fewer but larger vessels and lower levels of employment.

Three of the country's largest fishing ports are located in North Jutland, which is also home to a lot of small fishing communities, with small fishing boats operating from the beach or from small local harbours. The inlet “Limfjorden”, for example, hosts many such fishing communities.

Today, the tourism industry is another important source of income in the region. North Jutland is a well-know holiday destination, with its sandy beaches attracting millions of tourists every year. Nature is also an important asset, with the “Thy National park” located in the western part of North Jutland.

The FLAG North Jutland covers an area with a recorded population of around 235 000 in 2007. However, the area’s population is in decline and by 2017 it is expected to be closer to 227 000. This is mainly due to the migration of young people to the major cities in other parts of Denmark.

Population: 236 311                                                          Employment in fisheries: 2000

Surface area/km²: 3 920                                                 Coastal or inland: Coastal

Population density / inhabitants / km²: 60                    Protected areas: One national park (244 km²) 

Main focus of FLAG strategy

Fishing culture / fishing as a business: improving the image of the fishing industry, particularly among young people; developing new forms of fishing and new activities in harbours and coastal areas that build on the region's fishing culture and heritage. 

Tourism: developing pescatourism in coastal areas; exploiting local cultural heritage by developing authentic experiences and activities that prolong the tourist season; reestablishing landing places on the coast, exploiting old boatbuilding traditions.

Nature: redeveloping old trails to facilitate access to nature; establishing activities linked to nature protection and cultural heritage; promoting new and sustainable activities linked to nature.

Citizens: undertaking initiatives to attract the establishment of public services in the area; supporting social, cultural and educational development; supporting networking between the members of fishing families.

Environmental management (1-5, where 5 is high priority and 1 is low priority): 2        

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

Diversification into other activities (1 - 5): 5                                                                

Other::Citizens : 4

Project examples and ideas

- Recreational fishing: FLAG North Jutland has supported a fisherman in adapting his boat for recreational fishing. This included replacing the mast, strengthened the hull and fitting a heater in the cabin in order to be able to organise recreational fishing trips at sea in the winter time.

- Redevelopment of the Amtoft harbour so it could accomodate tourist boats. This included dredging work and the construction of a pontoon to berth larger sailing and pleasure boats, and the development of a visitor information centre and picnic areas.

- Support for innovative food products using seaweed as one of the ingredients. The seaweed is currently used in bread, meat products, pasta, salads, etc. The company is now planning to export its products to Asia.Since 2008, FLAG North Jutland has supported around 40 projects.

- The dining room of the Sea

- Multi-functional fish restaurant, shop & work space



Lead Partner or Responsible Legal Entity :  The FLAG is registered as a non-profit organisation.

Other key actors / organisations in the partnership: The board of the FLAG comprises 21 members, representing local fishing associations, angling associations, etc. as well as private persons who are interested in the development of the coastal areas. In addition 5 municipalities and the Region of North Jutland are also represented on the board.

Links with LEADER: No                                                                                                              

% of public actors: 30                                                

% of fishery sector actors: 15                                     

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

% of environmental actors: 15                                   

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership: 5

Number of individuals on main decision-making body: 6

Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 1



Total public funding 2007-2013: € 1 980 792 

EFF: € 1 470 004 

Other public funding: €    510 788


FLAG Manager: 
Lars Hedegaard
Other contact: 
President: Leo Mikkelsen
Vestre Strandvej 10, 9990 Skagen
lahd ( at )
+45 98458007
Languages spoken: 
Danish and English