Danmarks Nationalbank's gold


Abstract icon Danmarks Nationalbank holds around 66.5 tonnes of gold. The gold is included in Danmarks Nationalbank's foreign-exchange reserve, but constitutes only a very small share of it. At the end of 2020, the value of the gold stock was kr. 24.5 billion.

​​​​A gold bar weighs 12.5 kilos on average, but the price of gold can fluctuate considerably.  At the end of 2020, the value of Danmarks Nationalbank's gold stock was kr. 24.5 billion.

Most of Danmarks Nationalbank's gold is stored at the Bank of England, where the Nationalbank has had gold since it was moved for safety reasons during the Cold War. In October 2018, Danmarks Nationalbank inspected its stock of gold in the Bank of England.

Danmarks Nationalbank's gold constitutes 0.2 per cent of the central banks' aggregate stocks of around 35,000 tonnes of gold. It is estimated that central banks hold just under one fifth of all the gold extracted in the world, which is around 197,600 tonnes.

For historical reasons, many central banks hold stocks of gold. Gold used to play a key role in the cash system and monetary- and foreign-exchange-policy more generally. For further information about the historical role of gold in the monetary system, see the article in the right-hand box.

​ALL THE GOLD IN THE WORLD

If you placed all the gold in the world on the football pitch at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, it would reach a height of 0.9 metres, while Danmarks Nationalbank's stock of gold would fit into a box measuring approximately 1.5 meters on each side.​