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 forces deployed worldwide to NATO, the UN, and the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. Denmark will take over leadership of NATO Mission Iraq in December 2020.
The U.S. Air Force presence at Thule Air Base in northwest Greenland provides significant strategic value for the U.S. and NATO allies. It plays a critical role in our early warning radar system, facilitating communication with polar orbit satellites, and supporting scientific research.
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 has made Copenhagen a center for U.S. agencies and the private sector dealing with the Nordic/Baltic region.
The United States is Denmark’s largest non-European trade partner, and largest overall export market. In 2019, U.S.-Denmark total two-way goods trade totaled just over $14 billion; services trade in 2017 totaled $8.6 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 toys. Denmark is a world leader in “green energy” industries, and in sectors such as IT, health and life sciences, and shipping. Danish investment in the United States is growing, exemplified by Novo Nordisk’s USD 1.85 billion investment in a North Carolina pharmaceutical facility and the Vestas wind turbine company, which employs more staff in the United States than in Denmark. According to the Danish government, investments in the United States support some 75,000 U.S. jobs.
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.
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: