Danish agriculture accounts for up to one fifth of Denmark's total exports.
The total agricultural area of Denmark is 2.7 mln hectares which amounts to 61 % of the country's total surface.The major food producing enterprises in Denmark are farmers’ co-operative companies. Denmark is in the lead when it comes to food quality and safety and the development of new agricultural products.
The main crops in Denmark are small grains, mainly wheat and barley, covering more than half of the agricultural area. Fodder crops, mainly grass and maize for silage, amounts to 780,000 hectares, but Denmark is also an important producer of sales crops such as rape seed, sugar beets and grass seeds of various types. Vegetables and potatoes cover 60,000 hectares.
Danish farmers own and control the main processing and marketing industries for food products in our country, as farmer-owned cooperative dairies and slaughterhouses have a market share of more than 90 per cent of the annual production.
The national speciality of Denmark are smørrebrød, open sandwiches that traditionally consist of a piece of buttered dense rye bread (rugbrød), topped with cold cuts, pieces of meat or fish, cheese or spreads, and garnishes.