More than 12,000 people in the Municipality of Aalborg had work at the port in 2017, either in connection with or directly derived from the port’s activities. A new study conducted for Danish Ports – the trade organisations for commercial ports – by the University of Southern Denmark and the Centre for Regional and Tourism Research shows that this is equivalent to 11.3% of the municipality’s inhabitants.

The trading area analysis shows the correlation between harbour activities at the port in 2016 and income generation. The port’s management was pleased to see the precise figures for this.

- The trading area analysis clearly shows how many jobs the port creates in the municipality as well as the value Port of Aalborg adds to the community in a broader sense, says Thomas Kastrup-Larsen, Mayor of Aalborg and chairman of the board of Aalborg Havn A/S.

In 2014, the number of people in jobs linked to Port of Aalborg was 9,145, so the increase is significant.

Strong driver of growth
The way things are today, the activities at the port of Aalborg add value locally and in the region to the tune of DKK 7,928 million. This is equivalent to 13.3% of the municipality’s total value added.

Port of Aalborg’s impact on employment and value added is the basis for a tax revenue (income and corporate taxes, VAT, etc.) of DKK 2,296 million. This amounts to 8.9% of the Municipality of Aalborg’s total tax revenue.

- This makes Port of Aalborg a major force when it comes to generating wealth, also in a broad sense. We have a great responsibility as a regional driver of growth, now and in the future, and we naturally take this responsibility extremely seriously. Port of Aalborg is therefore continually working to develop our current potential to the full, while, at the same time, exploring new markets through new projects, investments and research partnerships, says Thomas Kastrup-Larsen.

The port’s positive development is, in part, due to successful investments in the container terminal, port facilities, the freight line and properties as well as to the ability to attract new shipping companies and other businesses.