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Denmark–Palestine relations


Denmark–Palestine relations

Denmark-Palestine relations
Map indicating locations of Denmark and Palestine



Denmark–Palestine relations refers to the current and historical relations between Denmark and the State of Palestine. Denmark has a representative office in Ramallah.[1] The State of Palestine has a General delegation in Copenhagen.[2]


  • Recognition of the State of Palestine 1
  • Danish development assistance 2
  • Palestinians in Denmark 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5

Recognition of the State of Palestine

On 19 November 1947, Denmark voted for the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine, supporting the division of Palestine into two states.[3] Denmark does not recognize the State of Palestine, but in December 2010, Palestinian National Authority asked Denmark to recognize the state with the 1967 borders.[4] In January 2011, Denmark with Norway said that they will soon recognize the State of Palestine,[5] and On 9 March, Mahmoud Abbas visited Denmark for the first time, to discuss bilateral relations between Denmark and Palestine. During the visit, Danish Foreign Minister Lene Espersen stated that Denmark was not considering recognizing the State of Palestine.[6] On 29 May, the Social Democrats revealed that if they win the next parliamentary election, they will recognize the State of Palestine.[7][8] In August, it was still unknown if Denmark would vote no or yes for an Independent Palestinian state in the United Nations.[9]

On 15 September 2012, the Social Democrats won the 2011 Danish elections, and expressed support for the Palestinian membership in the UN, but waited for a joint decision in the European Union.[10] On 22 September 2012, hundreds of Danes demonstrated in front of the Folketing. The Palestinian ambassador to Denmark said: "This recognition will enhance Danish-Arab relations and will reflect support of the Danish people for the Palestinian bid to UN". [sic][11] In October 2012, Denmark abstained from voting in the resolution for Palestine in the UNESCO.[12]

The Danish Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten) is a supporter of an independent Palestinian state.[13]

Danish development assistance

Denmark provides assistance to the occupied Palestinian Territories in the following three ways.[14]

  • Denmark continues to participate in the peace process, promoting the Roadmap for Peace among other initiatives. The PLO’s Negotiations Affairs Department is on such peace building initiative which Denmark supports.[14]
  • Denmark supports the creation of a sovereign, democratic, and peaceful Palestinian state. Denmark currently supports organizations which are bringing about the preconditions for these ideals, such as fighting corruption, increasing human rights, and ensuring free and fair elections.[14]
  • Denmark seeks to improve the living conditions in Palestine through supporting private sector development. Denmark is currently supporting smaller local councils in the Jenin area through amalgamation and capacity building. An increase in economic integration between the West Bank and Israel is also a goal of the Danish.[14]

Palestinians in Denmark

In the 1980s, During the Lebanese Civil War, 19,000 Palestinian refugees fled to Denmark. 1000 of them were from Lubya.[15]

See also


  1. ^ Government of Denmark. "Danish Representative Office in Ramallah, Palestine".  
  2. ^ Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations (10 December 2010). "Palestine Embassies, Missions, Delegations Abroad". United Nations. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "After five happy years, the diplomat gymnast has got to split".  
  4. ^  
  5. ^ Tue Magnussen (19 January 2011). "Denmark bør snarest anerkende Palæstina". Ulandsnyt (in Danish). Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  6. ^ T (9 March 2011). "Espersen mødes med Abbas". Ulandsnyt (in Danish). Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  7. ^ "Denmark to recognize Palestine if Social Democrats win polls".  
  8. ^ "New govt. would recognise Palestinian state".  
  9. ^ "Mange spørgsmål før Palæstina-afstemning". 16 August 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  10. ^ "Rød regering støtter Palæstinas FN-krav".  
  11. ^ "Demonstration in Denmark in Support of UN Bid".  
  12. ^ "UNESCO vote to admit Palestine: how the countries voted". UN Watch. 1 November 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  13. ^ "Enhedslisten modtager pris fra palæstinensisk præsident" (in Danish). 6 June 2007. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  14. ^ a b c d Government of Denmark. "Danish Development Assistance to the Occupied Palestinian Territory".  
  15. ^ "Palestinian Refugees". Danish Immigration Museum (in Danish). Danish Immigration Museum. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
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