Nordsøfonden and Nordsøenheden

Nordsøfonden is owned by the Danish state and administrated by Nordsøenheden. Together, the two entities constitute the Danish state’s oil and gas company.


Nordsøfonden manages the participation of the Danish State in licences for exploration and production of oil and gas. Within the state, ownership is placed with the Minister of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, who is officially the sole owner of the business. In this context, the minister’s tasks include setting the overarching political direction for the work of Nordsøfonden.

Nordsøfonden functions in the same way as a commercial oil and gas company, entering into licence partnerships with the same rights and obligations as the other companies – although it cannot take on the role of operator of a licence.

Nordsøfonden has assets in the form of shares in licences and installations. Nordsøfonden also receives revenue from the sale of its share of oil and gas production, and from tariffs.

As an oil and gas company, Nordsøfonden pays both corporate tax and hydrocarbon tax. Moreover, as a company owned by the Danish state, Nordsøfonden transfers its profits to the state every year in the form of a dividend. For additional information about the financial structure of Nordsøfonden, see Legal foundation and finance.

Nordsøfonden has no employees, and is administrated by Nordsøenheden.


Nordsøenheden is an independent state company tasked with administrating Nordsøfonden. Nordsøenheden has its own Board of Directors, which supports the CEO in making the relevant business decisions.

The Danish Minister of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs appoints the members of the Board.

Everyday operation of the licences, including the work with exploration, production and sale of oil and gas, is handled by the staff employed at Nordsøenheden.

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