The total budget according to the Danish Finance Act for 2018 of the Danish Ministry of Defence amounts to 22 billion DKK.
The appropriations are primarily based on the Danish Defence Agreement 2013-2017 of 30 November 2012 with subsequent additional agreements, Agreement of new fighter aircraft of 9 June 2016 and Voting Agreement of March 2016 on the Emergency Management.
The Finance Act for 2018 does not reflect the proposed substantial increase of the defence budget as the new defence agreement 2018-2023 has not yet been concluded.
The appropriations in the Finance Act for 2018 are distributed among main accounts and activity areas (see table 1-3 below).
Table 1: Overview of the appropriations of the Ministry of Defence in the Finance Act 2018
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Table 2: Ministry of Defence in the Finance Act 2018 on activity areas
Table 3: Appropriations in the Finance Act 2018 of Ministry of Defence distributed into budget areas
For further information of the Danish defence budget refer to the Agency for Modernisation, Ministry of Finance www.modst.dk
The national definition of the Danish defence budget
The national definition of the Danish defence budget includes the total budget of the Danish Ministry of Defence except the expenditure of the Danish Emergency Management Agency (see table 4 below).
Table 4: National definition of the Danish Defence budget
||Based on 2017 prices
|Year (Million DKK)
|National definiton of the Danish Defence budget
NATO definition of the defence expenditures
NATO calculates the defence expenditures of each member state according to NATO’s own definition. This calculation, which is a part of the Defence Planning Capability Survey creates the basis for comparison of the defence expenditures across NATO member states. The NATO definition differs in certain aspects from the Danish definition of the defence budget. In the NATO definition the following expenditure are fully or partly included:
- Pensions for public servants under the Ministry of Defence
- Pension costs according to law on civilian workers
- National Survey and Cadastre
- Danish Meteorological Institute
The calculation of the Danish defense expenditures according to the NATO definition results in a somewhat higher estimate on the defense expenditures than the national definition (see table 5 below).
A part of the NATO Defence Planning Capability Survey is a calculation of the defence expenditure as a percentage of the Gross Domestic Product in the member states (see table 6 below).
|Tabel 5: Danish defence expenditure according til NATO's definiton (million national currency)
e) Based on estimated for 2017 (Finance Act 2017).
|Tabel 6: Danish defence expenditure as a percentage of Gross Domiestic Product according til NATO's definition (based on 2010 prices)
More information can be found on NATO's homepage
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