Denmark–Sri Lanka relations

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Danish-Sri Lankan relations
Map indicating locations of Denmark and Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka

Denmark – Sri Lanka relations refers to the current and historical relations between Denmark and Sri Lanka. Denmark is represented in Sri Lanka through its embassy in New Delhi, India.[1] Sri Lanka is represented in Denmark through its embassy Sweden, Stockholm.[2] Bilateral relations are described as warm for a long time.[3] About 13,000 immigrants from Sri Lanka live in Denmark.[4] President of Sri Lanka Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga visited Denmark in March 1995.[5]


Diplomatic relations between Denmark and Sri Lanka were established on 5 January 1953.[6] In 1959, an agreement on air services was signed.[7] On 16 February 1963, both countries signed an agreement on double taxation.[8] Denmark provided a loan to Sri Lanka in 1968.[9]

Development assistance[edit]

In 2003, DANIDA assisted Sri Lanka with 156 million DKK for demining, human rights and conflict resolutions.[5]

On 18 February 2009, during the Sri Lankan Civil War, Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tørnæs assisted Sri Lanka with 34 million DKK for demining and for the civilians in northern Sri Lanka.[10][11]

Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission[edit]

Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission was established on 22 February 2002 under the terms of a ceasefire agreement signed by the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, as a body that would monitor the ceasefire and enquire into reported violations of the ceasefire agreement. Its members were drawn primarily from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland. Following the abrogating of the ceasefire agreement in January 2008, the SLMM announced on 3 January 2008 that it would finally terminate its remaining operational activities in Sri Lanka with effect from 16 January 2008.[12]


Trade between Denmark and Sri Lanka are described as "impressive". Sri Lankan export to Denmark are mainly rubber tyres, tobacco and clothes, while Danish export to Sri Lanka is fish, milk, Hearing aids ( Oticon A/S) and medicaments.[5] In 2008, Danish export to Sri Lanka amounted 145 million DKK and Sri Lankan export to Denmark amounted 157.9 million DKK.[13]


  1. ^ Government of Denmark. "Welcome". Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Denmark). Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Government of Sri Lanka. "Sri Lanka- Bilateral Relations with Nordic Countries". Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Sri Lanka). Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Sri Lankan Ambassador urged for a favourable bilateral relationship with Denmark". Asian Tribune. 18 November 2008. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Statistical Yearbook 2010 (PDF). Denmark: Statistics Denmark. 8 June 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c "Diplomatic relations between Denmark and Sri Lanka". Embassy of Sri Lanka in Stockholm, Sweden. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Foreign relations of Sri Lanka". South Asian Media Net. Archived from the original on May 18, 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2010. Sri Lanka established diplomatic relations with Denmark on the 5 January 1953. Sri Lankan Ambassador in Sweden is concurrently accredited to Denmark. The first Ambassador to be concurrently accredited was Mr. R.C.S. Koelmeyer on the 24 of May 1971. The Danish Ambassador in New Delhi is concurrently accredited to Sri Lanka. Both countries have Honorary Consuls in their capitals. 
  7. ^ United Nations (29 May and 8 September 1959). "Agreement (with annex, Protocol and exchange of letters) relating to air services" (PDF). United Nations Treaty Series. United Nations Treaty Series. Retrieved 3 April 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  8. ^ Income taxes outside the United Kingdom 1–2. Great Britain. Board of Inland Revenue. University of Michigan. 1969. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  9. ^ United Nations (28 December 1968). "Agreement on a Danish Government loan to Ceylon" (PDF). United Nations Treaty Series. United Nations Treaty Series. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  10. ^ Government of Denmark (18 February 2009). "Dansk nødhjælp til Sri Lanka" (in Danish). Archived from the original on 26 March 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  11. ^ "Mere dansk hjælp til Sri Lanka". Information. 2 June 2009. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  12. ^ "The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission". Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission. Archived from the original on 13 January 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  13. ^ Government of Denmark. "Foreign Affairs of Denmark: Facts about Sri Lanka" (in Danish). Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Denmark). Retrieved 3 April 2011.