Danish dividends break records due to soaring freight costs

Norwegian Equinor almost doubled its payout on surging oil prices, while large increases from Swedish banks drove rapid growth. Finnish payouts, meanwhile, were flat.

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Global first-quarter dividends jumped by 11% on a headline basis to a total of USD 302.5bn (EUR 281.87bn), a record for the seasonally quieter first three months of the year, according to the latest Janus Henderson Global Dividend Index. Whilst every region saw double-digit growth, at a country level, Denmark, the US and Canada broke all-time quarterly records.

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