Facts and figures

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29.2 million patients use our diabetes products

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Our products are marketed in 170 countries

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We have affiliates in 80 countries


Annual sale 2018

111,831 million Danish kroner 

Q4 2018

29,732 million Danish kroner

Fourth-quarter results for 2018


Sales by region
Q4 2018

North America Operations

15,850 million Danish kroner

USA: 15,182 million Danish kroner

Canada: 668 million Danish kroner


International Operations

13,882 million Danish kroner

Region Europe: 5,594 million Danish kroner

Region AAMEO: 2,993 million Danish kroner

Region China: 2,712 million Danish kroner

Region Japan & Korea: 1,610 million Danish kroner

Region Latin America: 973 million Danish kroner


Sales by business segment
Q4 2018

Diabetes and obesity care total

24,897 million Danish kroner


Biopharmaceuticals total

4,835 million Danish kroner



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We invest 13.2% of sales in R&D

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19% of our global workforce works within R&D

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We have R&D centres in China, Denmark, India, UK and US

We have five main product areas

Growth disorders
Hormone replacement therapy

Product overview

Our devices

Diabetes pens and needles
Growth hormone pens


Number of employees

Approximately 42,600 full time employees (FTEs) December 2018.

Business area distribution

19% within research and development

33% in production and production administration

36% in international sales and marketing

12% in administration


Affiliate distribution (FTEs as of December 2018)

Approximately 40% of employees are located in Denmark (17,091 FTEs) and 60% in the rest of the world:

Africa, Asia, Middle East & Oceania: 7,118 FTEs

China & Taiwan: 4,591 FTEs

Denmark: 17,091 FTEs

Europe (excl. HQ): 4,557 FTEs

Japan (1,137) & Korea: 1,268 FTEs

Latin America: 1,960 FTEs

North America (US 5,784 & Canada 304): 6,088 FTEs

(includes Novo Nordisk and NNE employees)



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We supply nearly half the world's insulin


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By 2020 all our production will run on 100% renewable power

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We have production sites in Brazil, China, Denmark, France and the US


We are located in Denmark

Novo Nordisk A/S
Novo Allé 1
2880 Bagsværd
CVR nr. 24 25 67 90

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