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Denmark–Turkey relations


Denmark–Turkey relations

Danish-Turkish relations
Map indicating locations of Denmark and Turkey



Denmark–Turkey relations refer to current and historical relations between Denmark and Turkey. Denmark has an embassy in Ankara,[1] and Turkey has an embassy in Copenhagen.[2] Both countries are members of NATO. Diplomatic relations between Denmark and Turkey are strained because of the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy and Roj TV affair (Roj TV's broadcasting license was suspended by the Supreme Court in Denmark on February 27, 2014[3]).[4][5]


  • History 1
    • Thirty Years' War 1.1
    • Great Northern War 1.2
    • French Revolutionary Wars 1.3
    • Napoleonic Wars 1.4
    • 20th century 1.5
  • Cartoon crisis 2
  • Roj TV affair 3
  • Economic relations 4
  • References 5


These relations date back 250 years and actually started in the field of trade in the 18th century. On 14 October 1756, an Agreement of Friendship and Trade was signed by the Sultan Osman III and the King Frederick V. In 1758, Denmark has appointed an extraordinary representative to the Ottoman Empire.[6]

Thirty Years' War

From 1618 to 1648, Denmark and the Ottoman Empire fought together against the Holy Roman Empire as allies, from 1618 to 1629.[7] In 1643, Denmark aligned with the Catholic powers against Ottoman Empire and Sweden.[8]

Great Northern War

In the Great Northern War, Denmark and the Ottoman Empire were at war against each other.

French Revolutionary Wars

In the War of the Second Coalition, Denmark and the Ottoman Empire were at war against each other.

Napoleonic Wars

Both Denmark, France and the Ottoman Empire were allies during the Napoleonic Wars fron 1803 to 1815, against United Kingdom, Austria, Russia and Sweden.

20th century

During the Turkish–Armenian War in 1920, Denmark acted as a mediator in the war between Armenia and Turkey.[9][10][11] A commercial agreement was signed in Ankara (Angora) in 1926.[12] A Treaty of Establishment, Commerce and Navigation was signed between Denmark and Turkey in 1930.[13] In 1932, both countries signed a conciliation treaty in Geneva, Switzerland.[14] In 1948, a payment agreement were signed.[15]

On 26 November 1999, a "Joint Action Plan" cooperation in politics, security and defense was signed when Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem visited Denmark.[4]

Cartoon crisis

Bilateral relations between Denmark and Turkey were strained, when Danish newspaper Jyllandsposten published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed.[16] Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan condemned the publication, and criticized Denmark. Erdoğan was quoted in the Turkish press saying: "Caricatures of prophet Muhammad are an attack against our spiritual values. There should be a limit of freedom of press."[17]

Roj TV affair

Turkey claims the channel is a mouthpiece for the [18] While the station's general manager, Manouchehr Tahsili Zonoozi, an Iranian Kurd, acknowledges that the station maintains contact with the PKK, he characterizes it as an independent Kurdish broadcaster, which is not under the control of the PKK.[18] The Turkish authorities have repeatably made formal complaints to the Danish Radio and Television Board regarding Roj TV, but to date none of the complaints have been upheld by the Board, who have ruled that the TV channel has not violated any rules over which the Board has regulatory power.[19]

As part of the United States diplomatic cables leak of November 2010, a diplomatic message surfaced that referred to a Turkish representative's claim that, "as part of the 2009 POTUS-brokered deal that had overcome Turkish objections to the appointment of Anders Fogh Rasmussen as NATO Secretary General, Denmark had promised to clarify its legal requirements prerequiste to acceding to Turkey's request for the closure of Roj TV"[20]

Roj TV's broadcasting license was suspended by the Supreme Court in Denmark on February 27, 2014[3]

Economic relations

The economic relations favours the Turkish exports. In 2004, Turkish exports to Denmark rose by 40%. The current value of trade stands at $979.6m US dollars.[21]


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  2. ^ "Turkish embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark". Government of Turkey. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
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  4. ^ a b "Turkish-Danish Relations: Possible to Make A New Start?". Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Turkey, Denmark in row over Kurdish TV station". 17 November 2005. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Danish Business Delegation to Turkey". Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 11 December 2010. Trade between our two countries can be dated centuries back. In 1756 Denmark and The Ottoman Empire signed a treaty on commerce and friendship, which paved the way for closer ties – both human and commercial between our two people... 
  7. ^ 1625-1629. Aligned with the Catholic Powers 1643-1645.
  8. ^ "Thirty Years' War".  
  9. ^ "Denmark may be chosen as mediator in Armenia" 28 (28).  
  10. ^  
  11. ^ "Denmark may accept mandate from Armenia".  
  12. ^ "Exchange of Notes constituting a Provisional Commercial Agreement, signed at Angora, March 22, 1926." 1164.  
  13. ^ "Treaty of Establishment, Commerce and Navigation, with Final Protocol. Signed at Ankara, May 31,". p. 10. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  14. ^ "DENMARK AND TURKEY Treaty of Conciliation, Judicial Settlement and Arbitration. Signed at Geneva, March 8, 1932" 3310.  
  15. ^ "Payments Agreement (with protocol and exchange of letters) Signed at Ankara, on 15 December 1948" 974. p. 7. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  16. ^ “After the Danish Cartoon controversy”, The Middle East Quarterly, Winter 2007, pp. 3-11.
  17. ^ MacAskill, Ewen (2006-02-04). "Cartoon controversy spreads throughout Muslim world". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  18. ^ a b c "Denmark, again? Now it's under fire for hosting Kurdish TV station.". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 2007-03-12. 
  19. ^ "Decision regarding complaint from the Radio and Television Supreme Council". 3 May 2007. p. 7. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  20. ^ "US embassy cables: US steps up pressure on Turkey over Iran". The Guardian (London). November 28, 2010. 
  21. ^
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