The Danish cadastral system and land registry are among the most digitised systems around. Combined with set, reliable procedures, this gives us one of the world’s most secure and transparent systems for registering property. Target 1.4 states that, by 2030, all men and women must have equal rights to ownership and control over land and other forms of property. In this context, the Danish system is exemplary.
– When you’re sure you have control over your property, you invest in it. In third world countries, in particular, this would better the conditions for sustainable farming, and it would improve the health of the populations. The principles of the Danish system are based on transparency, so it’s easy to see a property’s ownership and restrictions. This secures the rights of both individuals and businesses with regard to ownership and restrictions,” explains Pia Dahl Højgaard, Director of the Danish Geodata Agency, and she continues:
– Set procedures ensure that everyone in Denmark has the same conditions, and the interaction throughout the system makes it unique. We have a special private-public partnership whereby surveyors make changes to properties which, on the approval of the Geodata Agency, are then automatically registered in the cadaster and included in the formal registration. It’s one of the most digitised systems in the world. Land registration is linked to the Danish civil registration (CPR) system and people must be able to identify themselves to register rights.