Department of Economics and Business Economics

The Role and Current Status of IFRS in the Completion of National Accounting Rules – Evidence from Denmark

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I analyse the influence of IFRS on the Danish accounting regulation based on the EU Accounting Directive. In Denmark, the EU Accounting Directive is brought into force through the Danish Financial Statements Act. The analysis shows that the provisions in the Act are aligned with the IFRS to a great extent. It also shows that the Danish legislators extensively refer to IFRS and that they consider the IFRS to be the source to use for completing the national rules. I additionally show that the enforcers of the Danish Financial Statements Act look to the IFRS for guidance when they interpret the provisions, and that many important stakeholders have a positive attitude towards the use of IFRS for non-listed companies. The conclusion is that IFRS standards play a decisive role and have strong legitimacy in Denmark
Original languageEnglish
JournalAccounting in Europe
Pages (from-to)67 –79
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 16 May 2017

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