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Companies expect further cooperation
A new report from Roskilde University shows that businesses in the Fehmarnbelt region generally have high expectations for increased cooperation across national borders between Germany, Denmark and Sweden. Especially Hamburg based companies consider cooperation across borders to be strategically important.
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Companies within the knowledge and education sector currently have the highest degree of cooperation across national borders in the region. It is also these companies who have the highest hopes for the expected increased cooperation in the light of a fixed link across the Fehmarn Belt.

 

Transport is considered the main barrier to increased cooperation, even though legal issues and language barriers between regions also appear to be important barriers.
Export is the current, strategic and future activity deemed most important to the companies. Being able to hold meetings across national borders is also considered to be an important activity.

 


About the study

 

The Fehmarnbelt business barometer was first conducted in 2012. The results from the study are now published in a new report by Roskilde University. Roskilde University also sponsored the study in collaboration with the Green STRING Corridor project and Femern A/S.
The report is based on a questionnaire sent to a total of 2,095 companies. The response rate was around 3, 5%, through 74 respondents.

 

The survey was targeted at executives and managers in companies and organisations located in the Fehmarnbelt region, namely Eastern Denmark, Southern Sweden and Northern Germany.  An annual study is planned each year until the inauguration of the fixed link in 2012, and new data and analysis will be collected in a way making it possible to compare it with the older figures.

 

Towards the next survey in 2013, Roskilde University and its partners in the project work to improve the response rate in order to increase the reliability of the study. Corporate interest in the business opportunities that a fixed link between Denmark and Germany can lead to is expected to increase as the opening date moves closer.

 

Please click here to download the report in:

 

English

Swedish

German

Danish

 

Please contact Per Homann Jespersen, should you have any questions:

 

Phone: +45 4674 2497

E-mail: phj@ruc.dk

 

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The report is a joint study commissioned by Roskilde University, Femern A/S and Green STRING Corridor.