Azerbaijan–Denmark relations

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Azerbaijani-Danish relations
Map indicating locations of Denmark and Azerbaijan



Azerbaijan–Denmark relations refer to bilateral relations of Azerbaijan and Denmark. Azerbaijan's non resident embassy for Denmark is located in London, United Kingdom.[1] Denmark has a consulate in Baku.[2] Denmark recognized the Independence of Azerbaijan on 31 December 1991. On 2 April 1992 the diplomatic relations between the two countries were established.[3] Bilateral relations between the two countries are described as "friendly" and "cooperative".[4]


Soviet Azerbaijan and Denmark maintained friendly relations, Soviet Azerbaijan had an envoy in Denmark.[5] In 1996, the Danish Refugee Council opened an operation for the refugees.[6] From 1997 to 2004, Denmark provided 14 million dollars to the Azerbaijani refugees.[7][8] During the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy, some Azerbaijanis took to the streets and protested against the cartoons.[9] In 2010, diplomatic discussions have continued to explore the potential for further enhancement of the relationship, discussing issues such as the further development of economic trade.[10]


Azerbaijan and Denmark cooperate within the UN, OSCE, Council of Europe and are interested to develop the effective cooperation. In 2006 Denmark abstained from voting for draft resolution "Long-term Conflicts on the territories of GUAM member-states: its impact on international peace, security and development".[3] Ambassador Gurbanov stated that Danish companies have shown an increased interest in conducting business activities in Azerbaijan’s economy and "there exist great opportunities for deepening economic ties".[11]

In 2004, The Azerbaijani parliament voted for the ratification of an Azerbaijani-Danish memorandum on implementation of the Kyoto Protocol under which Denmark committed itself to financing a series of projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Azerbaijan.[12][13]

Denmark also cooperates with Azerbaijan in bringing peace and political stability to the Caucasus, Denmark has contributed $4 million to programs to achieve this.[3] The 'Azerbaijan-Denmark Friendship Group' was established in the Azerbaijan parliament and is chaired by Azer Amirslanov.[3] The Danish brewery company Carlsberg, bought Baku-Castel brewery in 2008.[14] In 2011, Vestas delivered a wind farm with a capacity of 48 megawatts to Azerbaijan.[15]

Danish company Arla Foods's white cheese is very popular in Azerbaijan. In three months, Arla has sold 1,5 million packs of Tetra Pak cheese to Azerbaijan.[16]

State visits[edit]

On 6 March 1995 through 12 March 1995, President of Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev, visited Denmark. During his visit, he met with Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and the Prime Minister of Denmark Poul Nyrup Rasmussen.[3] Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Møller visited Azerbaijan to discuss the bilateral cooperation between Azerbaijan Denmark with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov.[8] Azerbaijani politician Bahar Muradova visited Denmark on 24 May 2010.[17]


On 31 May 2010, an event marking Azerbaijans Republic Day was held in Copenhagen.[18] On 20 January 2011, the Denmark-Azerbaijan-Turkish Unity Society organized an event of the Black January anniversary in Copenhagen.[19]

On 26 February 2011, a ceremony commemorating the Khojaly Genocide took place in Denmark, bringing together representatives from the Turkish and Azerbaijani communities.[20]


  1. ^ "Azerbaijani embassy in United Kingdom". Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Azerbaijan). Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Danish consulate". Azerbaijan International. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Denmark" (PDF). Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Azerbaijan). Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Azerbaijan's President congratulates Danish Queen on her birthday". 16 April 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Культуре анд лифе, 1 - 6. Юнион оф Совыет Социетиес фор Фриендшип анд Культурал Релатионс витх Форейгн Цунтриес. 1976. p. 27 (xxvii). Retrieved 20 June 2011. Azerbaijan maintains friendly relations with 90 countries of five continents. Envoys from Azerbaijan have represented the Soviet multinational culture in recent times alone in Denmark, Algeria, Belgium, Mozambique, France, Guinea-Bissau .. 
  6. ^ "DRC: Danish Refugee Council: Azerbaijan". Danish Refugee Council. Danish Refugee Council. Archived from the original on 14 April 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "Foreign Ministers Of Denmark And Azerbaijan Hold Negotiations". Bakutoday. 2004-08-25. Retrieved 2010-12-27. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ a b "Danish Consulate to open in Baku". UNDP Azerbaijan Development Bulletin. August 23, 2004. Archived from the original on October 8, 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "Danish Mohammed cartoons spark protest in Azerbaijan". RIA Novosti. 7 February 2006. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "Prospects of Azerbaijan-Denmark relations discussed in Denmark". 2010-04-27. Retrieved 2010-11-17. 
  11. ^ "Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Newsletter". Azerbaijani embassy in London, United Kingdom. Azerbaijani embassy in London, United Kingdom. April 2009. Archived from the original on 4 September 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  12. ^ "Memorandum of Understanding between the governments of Azerbaijan and Denmark on co-Framework Convention on Climate Change" (PDF). Clean Development Mechanism. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  13. ^ "Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Government of the Kingdom of Denmark on co-operation for the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change". Google Documents. p. 4. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  14. ^ "Carlsberg's Baltika buys brewery in Azerbaijan". May 15, 2008. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  15. ^ "Vestas: Har fået en ordre i Aserbajdsjan". Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  16. ^ "Hvid ost og vandmelon hitter i Aserbajdsjan". Arla Foods. 23 July 2009. Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  17. ^ "Azerbaijan, OSCE PA to discuss prospects for cooperation". Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  18. ^ "Azerbaijan's Republic Day marked in Copenhagen". 31 May 2010. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  19. ^ "Anniversary of 20 January tragedy commemorated in Denmark". 24 January 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  20. ^ "Khojaly Genocide's victims to be commemorated in Denmark". 21 February 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 

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