Benin–Denmark relations

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Beninese-Danish relations
Map indicating locations of Benin and Denmark



Benin–Denmark relations refers to the current and historical relations between Benin and Denmark. Benin has an embassy in Copenhagen[1] since 2005,[2] and Denmark has an embassy in Cotonou.[3] In 2007, the Danish development aid to Benin amounted 236 million DKK.[4] Denmark is one of the largest aid donors to Benin[5] and invested 60 million dollars in Benin in 2011.[6]

Development assistance[edit]

Poverty reduction is the main goal for Danish assistance to Benin.[7] Danish development assistance to Benin began in 1969, and Benin has been a Danish Programme Country since 1992.[4] From 1969 to 1992, Danish assistance focused on electricity and water projects.[8] In 1978, Through the United Nations, Denmark and Benin desired to strengthen cooperation and cordial relations between the two countries and Denmark agreed to lend 50 million DKK to Benin as part of the economic relations between the two countries.[9] In February 1992, Denmark granted 100 million DKK to Benin for financial assistance.[10]

Denmark has assisted with 171 million DKK to the Beninese agriculture sector,[11] and 198,5 million DKK to the education sector.[12]

Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) and the World Bank developed a mechanism sector in Benin and in 2001, DANIDA assisted Benin with the establishment of a three year national sector.[13]

In July 2011, Denmark contributed 300,000 DKK to Benin for the people affected by floods.[14]


  1. ^ "Benin embassy in Copenhagen". Government of Benin. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Beninese embassy in Copenhagen; Embassy". Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Danish embassy in Cotonou, Denmark". Government of Denmark. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Government of Denmark. "Udviklingspolitik" [Developmentpolicy] (in Danish). Danish embassy in Cotonou, Benin. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (2006). "2006 Survey on Monitoring The Paris Declaration: Benin". Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. p. 13. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Professeur Fulbert Géro Amoussouga, Conseiller spécial du Chef de l’Etat, présid; La Coopération Bénin-Danemark". Laraignee (in French). 8 November 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  7. ^ Danish International Development Agency (2004). "Benin - Denmark Partnerskab" (in Danish). p. 38. ISBN 87-7667-007-4. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "La coopération avec le Royaume du Danemark" (in French). Ministry of Economy and Finance of Benin. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  9. ^ United Nations (1 March 1978). "Denmark and Benin; Loan Agreement". 1106,1-1709. United Nations Treaty Series. p. 7. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "Financing Agreement for a Danish grant of 100 million Danish kroner." (in English and French). 1681, 1-2904 (29040). 27 February 1991. p. 6. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  11. ^ Government of Denmark. "Landbrug [Agriculture]" (in Danish). Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  12. ^ Government of Denmark. "Uddannelse [Education]" (in Danish). Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  13. ^ Danish International Development Agency (2006). "Harmonisation and Alignment in Water Sector Programmes and Initiatives". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. p. 9. ISBN 87-7667-423-1. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  14. ^ "Contribution Du Danemark Aux Sinistrés Des Inondations Au Bénin" (in French). Danish embassy in Benin. Retrieved 20 November 2011.