Croatia–Denmark relations

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Croatian-Danish relations
Map indicating locations of Denmark and Croatia



Croatia–Denmark relations refers to the current and historical relations between Croatia and Denmark. Relations between two countries are described as "excellent",[1] "friendly" and "well-developed".[2]

Croatia has an embassy in Copenhagen and an honorary consulate in Aarhus,[3] while Denmark has an embassy in Zagreb and 3 honorary consulates in Dubrovnik, Rijeka, and Split.[4]

Denmark actively supported Croatian accession to the European Union and NATO, with its officials stating that Croatia was the 28th EU member way before that become official in 2013.[5] Today, both countries are full members of the European union and NATO.

Following Croatian independence from SFR Yugoslavia, Denmark recognized Croatia on 15 January 1992,[6] while the diplomatic relations were established on 2 January 1992. Since then two countries have signed 26 treaties.[7]

In 2005 Denmark launched a program in Croatia with aim to contribute to the development of the public administration. Focus was on establishing capacity building. Denmark assisted with 13,5 million DKK.[8]

In 2012 Croatia exported $39,6 million[9] worth goods to Denmark and imported from it $110 million[10] worth goods.

On October 21, 2014 Queen Margrethe II awarded Croatian president Ivo Josipović with Order of the Elephant, the highest order of Denmark.

In June 2015 Denmark-Croatian relations received increased attention after a Danish citizen Ulrik Grøssel Haagensen was arrested by the Croatian police in the no-man's-land known as 'Liberland' between Croatia and Serbia. Grøssel Haagensen was taken across the Croatian border and placed in house arrest for 5 days before being sentenced to 15 days of prison, triggering protests in Denmark.[11][12]


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