Denmark’s economy second-least hard hit in EU: Commission

Denmark’s economy will perform the second-best in Europe over 2020, despite the country bringing in one of the continent’s earliest and most far-reaching lockdowns, according to new economic prognosis from the European Commission.

The country’s economy will shrink by 5.25 percent this year, before rebounding by 4.3 percent in 2021, according to the Commission’s latest interim European Economic Forecast.  This is better than any other country except Poland, which will only see its economy shrink 4.3 percent.  Sweden, which unlike Denmark allowed shopping centres, bars and restaurants to stay open throughout the pandemic, is expected to see its economy shrink 5.3 percent.  “Although Denmark was one of the first European countries to impose extensive lockdown measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, economic activity in the first quarter of 2020 proved more resilient than previously expected,” the forecast’s authors wrote.  “The fall in private consumption was fairly moderate and construction investment held up relatively well. Exports also surprised positively, mirroring the high share of pharmaceuticals and agricultural products in Denmark’s export mix.”