Bhutan–Denmark relations

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Bhutan–Denmark relations
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Bhutan–Denmark relations refers to the current and historical relations between Bhutan and Denmark. Denmark has a liaison office in Thimphu.[1] Diplomatic relations were established in 1985.[2]


Danish development cooperation with Bhutan was initiated in 1978, and in 1989 Bhutan was chosen as a Danish programme country. Assistance has focused on four areas of cooperation: health, education, environment, urban development and good governance. The first country strategy was elaborated in 1997 covering the planning period 1998 – 2002. For a number of years Denmark has been one of the largest donors of development assistance to Bhutan. Bhutan's Prime Minister Jigme Thinley was granted an audience with Queen Margrethe II of Denmark in 2010.[3]

Denmark has been supporting the education sector in Bhutan since the early 1990s.[4] Denmark also support Bhutan with poverty reduction and freedom of press.[5] 1,1 million DKK will be invested in the health sector, environment sector and urban development in 2012.[6]

Bhutan and Denmark signed an agreement on good governance and a total of 50 million DKK was given by Denmark.[7]

Denmark's strategy for Bhutan, in the period 2008 to 2013 is expected to be the last programme to help sustainability.[8][9]


  1. ^ "Danish liaison office in Thimphu, Bhutan". Foreign Affairs of Denmark. Foreign Affairs of Denmark. Retrieved 22 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Bhutans Bilateral Counterparts". Foreign Affairs of Bhutan. Foreign Affairs of Bhutan. Archived from the original on 1 January 2011. Retrieved 22 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Bhutan exhibition’s last bow". Kuensel. 19 October 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Cooperation with Education sector". Foreign Affairs of Denmark. Retrieved 22 January 2011. Danida has been supporting the education sector in Bhutan on a small scale since the early 1990s in terms of short term assistance to e.g. environment education, special needs education and school construction technology. More substantial Danish support to the education sector has been provided as two main interventions... 
  5. ^ "Bhutan - Denmark Partnership". Foreign Affairs of Denmark. Retrieved 22 January 2011. Poverty reduction is the overriding objective of Denmark’s development policy... Bhutan has experienced significant improvement with regard to freedom of press... 
  6. ^ "Bhutan Denmark review cooperation (BRIEF)". Bhutan News Service. Retrieved 22 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Danish government to give 50 million Danish Kroner". Bhutan Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 22 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Development Aid". Danish liaison office in Thimphu. Retrieved 22 January 2011. 
  9. ^ "Bhutan - Denmark Partnership 2008 - 2013". Foreign Affairs of Denmark. Retrieved 22 January 2011. 

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