The Danish Enterprise and Construction Authority (DECA) has now published an analysis of the social and economic benefits associated with the decision in 2002 to provide the official Danish address data “free of charge” for public as well as commercial re-use.

The main conclusion of the study is

that the direct financial benefits from the agreement for society in the period 2005-2009 amount to around EUR 62 million (~DKK 471 million).

Until 2009 the total costs of the agreement has been around EUR 2 million.

In 2010 it is estimated that social benefits from the agreement will be about EUR 14 million, while costs will total about EUR 0.2 million. About 2.4 million Danish addresses exists, so the assessed benefit equals to 6 EUR per address per year.

An 8-page memo presenting the study and the results is published in Danish and

Morton Lind,

About fjbehr

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Franz-Josef Behr, Professor of Geoinformatics at Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences ( His specializations include * Internet, Internet GIS * XML, GML, SVG * Data exchange and Interoperability * Visualization * Open Source Solutions * Consulting Member of the DIN working group NA 005-03-03 AA "Arbeitsausschuss Kartographie und Geoinformation" (Sp CEN/TC 287+ISO/TC 211). He is the author of two authoritative books on GIS in German, one is "Strategisches GIS-Management", published by Wichmann Verlag (2004). The second is "Einführung in Geographische Informationssysteme" (1997).

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