Denmark pulled out of a six-month recession early this year.

It registered growth of 0.3% in the three months from January to March compared with the previous quarter, Statistics Denmark said.

Compared with the first quarter of 2011, Denmark's economy grew by 0.2%, the statistics agency said.

A recession is defined by two consecutive quarters of economic contraction.

Denmark was officially in recession in the third and fourth quarters of 2011, after Statistics Denmark revised its fourth quarter figures to show the economy had shrunk by 0.1% - revised further downwards today to -0.2% - and not grown by 0.2% as originally reported. The country had registered a decline of 0.1% in the third quarter.

Most observers had expected Denmark to stay in recession in the first quarter of 2012 as well.

The first quarter growth was attributed to a moderate rise in household and public consumption, which rose by 0.3 and 0.2% respectively, while exports remained weak, inching up just 0.3% due to the sluggish eur ozone economy, Statistics Denmark said.