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Danish foreign trade

Balance of payments, net foreign assets and foreign exchange reserve

Since 1990, the current account of Denmark’s balance of payments1 has shown a surplus. This follows a long period of deficits. Consequently, the foreign debt, which peaked at approximately 45 per cent of the gross domestic product, GDP, in the second half of the 1980s, has made way for net foreign assets of the same magnitude, cf. Chart 1. The shift from a debtor to a creditor nation reflects a considerable increase in gross savings in the economy over the last 30-35 years.