U.S. Relations With Denmark

Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
Fact Sheet
April 12, 2018

More information about Denmark is available on the Denmark Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.


Denmark and the United States have long enjoyed a close and mutually beneficial relationship. The two countries consult closely on European and other regional political and security matters and cooperate extensively to promote peace and stability well beyond Europe’s borders. Denmark is a stalwart NATO ally and a reliable contributor to multinational stability operations, as well as to international assistance initiatives. Denmark has roughly 500 forces deployed worldwide to NATO, the UN, and the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS.

The U.S. Air Force presence at Thule Air Base in northwest Greenland provides significant strategic value for the U.S. and NATO allies and plays a critical role in our early warning radar system.

Bilateral Economic Relations

Denmark is a social welfare state, with a thoroughly modern, services-based economy. Denmark is highly dependent on foreign trade and is a strong supporter of liberal trade policy. Denmark's strategic location at the entrance to the Baltic Sea have made Copenhagen a center for U.S. agencies and the private sector dealing with the Nordic/Baltic region.

The U.S. is Denmark's largest non-European trade partner. In 2016, U.S. Denmark total two-way goods trade totaled just over $10 billion; services trade in 2015 totaled $7.0 billion. Aircraft, computers, machinery, and instruments are among the major U.S. goods exports to Denmark, while Denmark exports industrial machinery, chemical products, furniture, pharmaceuticals, canned ham and pork, windmills, and Legos. In addition, Denmark has a significant services trade with the U.S., a major share of it stemming from Danish-controlled ships engaged in container traffic to and from the United States (notably by Maersk-Line). Danish foreign direct investment amounted to $18 billion in 2015. Danish companies employed more than 70,000 in the United States.

Denmark's Membership in International Organizations

Denmark is a global actor and contributes actively to the solution of global challenges through a variety of multilateral organizations notably, the United Nations, NATO, and the European Union (EU) Demark is the only Nordic country that is a member of both NATO and the European Union (EU). As an Arctic state, Denmark looks to the Arctic council as its main forum for Arctic cooperation. Denmark also seeks to actively work with regional partners though Nordic and Baltic cooperation forums.

Bilateral Representation

The U.S. Ambassador to Denmark is Carla Sands; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

Denmark maintains an embassy in the United States at 3200 Whitehaven Street NW, Washington, DC 20008-3683 (tel. 202-234-4300).

More information about Denmark is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Denmark Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Denmark Page
U.S. Embassy
History of U.S. Relations With Denmark
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Export.gov International Offices Page
Travel Information