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Denmark–Israel relations

Denmark-Israel relations
Map indicating locations of Denmark and Israel



Denmark–Israel relations refers to the bilateral relationship between Denmark and Israel. Relations between the two states are close.


  • History 1
  • Israeli ambassadors to Denmark 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Denmark voted for the partition of Palestine in 1947 and supports Israel in the United Nations. In Jerusalem, there is a monument to the rescue of Danish Jews and a school is also named in Denmark's honor. King Christian X hospital in Eitanim is named after Denmark's king during World War II. Denmark has an embassy in Israel, and Israel has an embassy in Copenhagen.[1][2] Denmark recognized and established diplomatic relations with Israel on 2 February 1949.[3]

From 9 April 1940, to August 1943, the Danish Jewish community was safe from persecution. In May 2005, Denmark apologized for sending Jews to concentration camps. On the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, the former prime minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, told a crowd of people that the actions are a stain on Denmark’s otherwise good reputation. The Danes rescue of all Danish Jews during World War II, the Yad Vashem declared Denmark Righteous Among the Nations.[4]

During the Gaza War, there were protests in Copenhagen, Aarhus and Odense. In Copenhagen, the police estimated between 500 to 600 people demonstrated in front of the Israeli Embassy in Copenhagen.[5] 400 people protested in Aarhus, and 500 in Odense.[6]

The political lives of the two states have been somewhat intertwined: The former Israeli minister of social and diaspora affairs Michael Melchior was born in Denmark and is the son of former chief rabbi in Copenhagen, Bent Melchior, the nephew of former Danish minister of traffic and minister of tourism and communication Arne Melchior, and the grandson of the acting rabbi for the Jewish refugees from Denmark in Sweden 1943-45, Marcus Melchior; the executive director of the Peres Center for Peace 2001-2011, Ron Pundak, who played an important role in starting the Oslo peace process and was part of the core group behind the Geneva Initiative, is the son of the influential Danish journalist Herbert Pundik; and The prominent Israeli politician Yohanan Plesner, former chairman of the Plesner Committee, is the son of Danish architect Ulrik Plesner.

Israeli ambassadors to Denmark

See also


  1. ^ "Danish embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel". Foreign Affairs of Denmark. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Israeli embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark". Foreign Affairs of Israel. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Palestine affairs (4). American Zionist Emergency Council. 1949. 
  4. ^ Danish Relations with Israel
  5. ^ (Danish) Flag brændt af ved dansk Gaza-demo - Retrieved on 2011-01-18
  6. ^ "Demonstrationer mod Israel i Århus og København".  

External links

  • Danish-Israeli association (Danish)
  • Denmark welcomes Israel in OECD (Danish)
  • Global Cooperation between Denmark and Israel
  • Bilateral research and development (R&D) cooperation between Denmark and Israel
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