Open Government Partnership

The purpose of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) is to promote good governance, to strengthen democracy, and to use digital technologies to improve society.

Denmark joined the international initiative ‘Open Government Partnership’ (OGP) in 2011. The initiative was founded by the US government in collaboration with seven other countries, and today, more than 70 countries participate in the partnership. The purpose of the OGP is to promote good governance, to strengthen democracy, and to use digital technologies to improve society.

Countries that participate in the OGP commit themselves to implement initiatives to increase transparency, citizen participation and dialogue in civil society, anti-corruption and accountability, and technology and innovation.

An open and innovative Danish society

In Denmark, the OGP contributes to ensure that public services are delivered in the best and most efficient way to stimulate and support innovation and value-creation in society, to strengthen knowledge, public engagement, transparency, collaboration and cohesion. Thus, the OGP creates a platform to highlight and discuss important issues to be addressed. A main driver is the use of new technology and media, allowing residents and businesses to access public information and technology, as well as increasing collaboration between the public sector and civil society.

To promote open government, Denmark will continue to develop our government, our welfare system, and our democracy by using the opportunities that digital technologies offer fully. Digital technologies hold not only the potential to make the public sector more efficient but also the potential for a new approach for the public sector in promoting important values, including transparency, by making more data more accessible to citizens.

Open and iterative process

Working with the OGP and promoting the values of open government in Denmark is an ongoing and open process that must extend well beyond the initiatives in the 2019-2022 action plan regarding open data and open source. This is important, not least because the main purpose of the OGP initiative is to promote a mindset of openness in the public sector.

The work on open government is not a technical project; rather it focuses on bringing about fundamental changes within the public sector and in the way it builds relationships and collaborates with civil society.

Read about the latest Danish Open Government Partnership Action Plan at