Denmark

Introduction:

 

The Denmark country page refers also to Greenland, that is an autonomous territory within the Kingdom of Denmark and under its military responsibility[1].

Denmark and Israel have been maintaining diplomatic and economic relations since 1949. Israel exported to Denmark arms including heavy mortars and Aircraft EO systems. Denmark established an innovation center in Tel Aviv in 2016 and developed close ties around cyber security matters with Israeli companies.

Israel - Denmark Relations

 

Denmark has an embassy in Israel, and Israel has had an embassy in Copenhagen since 1949. Denmark recognized and established diplomatic relations with Israel on 2 February 1949.[2]

In 2002 Israel’s foreign affairs minister Shimon Peres visited Denmark to meet with his counterpart and the prime minister.[3] In 2016, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Denmark’s Prime Minister paid a private tour to Israel, where he met the Israeli Prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. [4] In 2018, Israeli President Reuven Rivin visited Denmark.[5]

Denmark exported $221 million worth of goods to Israel in 2016 and Israel exported to Denmark $63 million worth of goods, including machines and electronics.[6]

In 2007 Israel and Denmark signed a Memorandum of Understanding on bilateral cooperation in Research & Development.[7] [8]

Military relations:

 

Israel exported to Denmark heavy mortar systems and EO pods for combat aircrafts. Some of the arms were supplied for usage in Afghanistan. [9]

Danish National Police’s National Investigation Centre is the point of contact for foreign liaison officers’ collaboration with Danish authorities. Israel is one of the countries that has liaison officers associated with Denmark. [10]

In 2019, Israeli channel 12 reported that the Israeli secret agency Mossad cooperated with the Danish security forces in the effort to prevent terrorist attacks in Denmark. [11]

Denmark opened an innovation center in Israel in 2016 called “Innovation Center Denmark Tel Aviv”.[12] In 2017 Denmark’s minister of foreign affairs, Anders Samuelsen, visited Israel, met among others the Israeli minister of defense, Avigdor Liberman and members of the Israeli IT industry. He said Israel and Denmark could “inspire” each other in technology development.[13] In December 2019 former head of the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) Cyber Department, Zohar Rozenberg, spoke at the innovation center to “strengthen the Israeli-Denmark Cyber Ecosystem”[14]. Cyber security was one of the Center’s main focus areas within 2019 and in November 2020 a Danish-Israeli Cybersecurity Webinar was organized by the center and by the Israeli company Team8 that was founded in 2014 by former leaders of the intelligence unit 8200.[15]

Usage of Israeli Arms:

 

Soltam 120mm – In usage by Royal Danish Army

15 A3MS 120 mm heavy mortar systems – Used by Royal Danish Army on Piranha V.

Human Rights Violations:

 

Denmark is argued by some to have some of Europe’s “most aggressive anti-immigrant policies.” [16] In 2018, Denmark announced that it would no longer resettle refugees under the United Nation’s quota system, with the decision to accept refugees being made by the government and not the parliament.[17]

In addition, in late 2018 the Danish government announced that the 2019 budget would include funding for a scheme that would see foreign criminals who had completed jail sentences, but could not be deported, to be moved to Lindholm Island. Lindholm Island is located two miles out from the southeast of Denmark and had previously been a laboratory for animals with highly contagious diseases. The policy has been labelled as being “barbaric” and “deeply repulsive.”[18]

Arms Trade

In 2019, the Danish government extended the suspension of future exports to Saudi Arabia of weapons, military equipment and dual-use products it had made in 2018 to also cover the United Arab Emirates.[19]

Sales Records Table:

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Product
Company
Year
Deal Size
Comments
Source
20 Soltam K-6 120mm mortars
Soltam Systems
2010
For use in Afghanistan, Danish designation TMT M/10
Sipri
10 Litening-4 Aircraft EO systems
2012 (2013)
from US production line, for F-16 aircrafts
Sipri
15 A3MS 120 mm heavy mortar systems
ESLAIT (Elbit)
2017
$15.3m
for Piranha 5S, with option for an additional six systems, includes a 30-year sustainment agreement
https://thaimilitaryandasianregion.blogspot.com/2017/05/denmark-orders-15-mortar-systems-for.html

1. ^ The Kingdom of Denmark includes Greenland and the Faroe Islands, which are autonomous with similar political structures and legal rights. They manage most of their domestic affairs, while the central Danish government is responsible for constitutional matters, citizenship, monetary and currency matters, foreign relations, and defense and security policy. The defense of Greenland is the responsibility of the Kingdom of Denmark. The government of Greenland does not have control of Greenland’s military or foreign affairs.

2. ^ http://copenhagen.mfa.gov.il/mfm/web/main/missionhome.asp?MissionID=22

3. ^ https://www.albawaba.com/news/glass-beer-hurled-peres-denmark

4. ^ https://twitter.com/larsloekke/status/712781107679399936

5. ^ https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-denmark-rivlin-pays-tribute-to-rescue-of-countrys-jews-in-1943/

6. ^ https://www.timesofisrael.com/denmark-says-world-needs-techplomacy-alongside-diplomacy/

7. ^ https://www.gov.il/he/Departments/dynamiccollectors/mfa-accords?skip=0&Parties=Denmark

8. ^ https://ufm.dk/en/research-and-innovation/international-cooperation/global-cooperation/bilateral-cooperation/denmark-israel-1

9. ^ Sipri

10. ^ https://politi.dk/en/international-police-cooperation

11. ^ https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/report-mossad-helps-denmark-bust-20-terrorists-610910

12. ^ https://thetradecouncil.dk/en/services/innovation/innovation-centre-denmark-tel-aviv

13. ^ https://www.timesofisrael.com/denmark-says-world-needs-techplomacy-alongside-diplomacy/

14. ^ https://www.aviation-defence-universe.com/elron-rdc-divulge-insights-to-danish-innovation-center-strengthening-the-israeli-denmark-cyber-ecosystem/

15. ^ https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwihprL2o83tAhVB3qQKHVxtCJcQFjABegQIARAC&url=https%3A%2F%2Fcopenhagenfintech.dk%2Fdocuments%2F65%2FInvitation_to_Danish-Israeli_Cyber_Security_Webinar.pdf&usg=AOvVaw0jqNM7ml-yOoq24OG_ieiR

16. ^ https://time.com/5504331/denmark-migrants-lindholm-island/

17. ^ https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/POL1067002018ENGLISH.PDF

18. ^ https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/05/europe/denmark-immigrant-island-scli-intl/index.html

19. ^ https://www.amnesty.org/en/countries/europe-and-central-asia/denmark/report-denmark/

Denmark

The Denmark country page refers also to Greenland, that is an autonomous territory within the Kingdom of Denmark and under its military responsibility[1].

Denmark and Israel have been maintaining diplomatic and economic relations since 1949. Israel exported to Denmark arms including heavy mortars and Aircraft EO systems. Denmark established an innovation center in Tel Aviv in 2016 and developed close ties around cyber security matters with Israeli companies.

Denmark has an embassy in Israel, and Israel has had an embassy in Copenhagen since 1949. Denmark recognized and established diplomatic relations with Israel on 2 February 1949.[2]

In 2002 Israel’s foreign affairs minister Shimon Peres visited Denmark to meet with his counterpart and the prime minister.[3] In 2016, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Denmark’s Prime Minister paid a private tour to Israel, where he met the Israeli Prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. [4] In 2018, Israeli President Reuven Rivin visited Denmark.[5]

Denmark exported $221 million worth of goods to Israel in 2016 and Israel exported to Denmark $63 million worth of goods, including machines and electronics.[6]

In 2007 Israel and Denmark signed a Memorandum of Understanding on bilateral cooperation in Research & Development.[7] [8]

Israel exported to Denmark heavy mortar systems and EO pods for combat aircrafts. Some of the arms were supplied for usage in Afghanistan. [9]

Danish National Police’s National Investigation Centre is the point of contact for foreign liaison officers’ collaboration with Danish authorities. Israel is one of the countries that has liaison officers associated with Denmark. [10]

In 2019, Israeli channel 12 reported that the Israeli secret agency Mossad cooperated with the Danish security forces in the effort to prevent terrorist attacks in Denmark. [11]

Denmark opened an innovation center in Israel in 2016 called “Innovation Center Denmark Tel Aviv”.[12] In 2017 Denmark’s minister of foreign affairs, Anders Samuelsen, visited Israel, met among others the Israeli minister of defense, Avigdor Liberman and members of the Israeli IT industry. He said Israel and Denmark could “inspire” each other in technology development.[13] In December 2019 former head of the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) Cyber Department, Zohar Rozenberg, spoke at the innovation center to “strengthen the Israeli-Denmark Cyber Ecosystem”[14]. Cyber security was one of the Center’s main focus areas within 2019 and in November 2020 a Danish-Israeli Cybersecurity Webinar was organized by the center and by the Israeli company Team8 that was founded in 2014 by former leaders of the intelligence unit 8200.[15]

Soltam 120mm – In usage by Royal Danish Army

15 A3MS 120 mm heavy mortar systems – Used by Royal Danish Army on Piranha V.

Denmark is argued by some to have some of Europe’s “most aggressive anti-immigrant policies.” [16] In 2018, Denmark announced that it would no longer resettle refugees under the United Nation’s quota system, with the decision to accept refugees being made by the government and not the parliament.[17]

In addition, in late 2018 the Danish government announced that the 2019 budget would include funding for a scheme that would see foreign criminals who had completed jail sentences, but could not be deported, to be moved to Lindholm Island. Lindholm Island is located two miles out from the southeast of Denmark and had previously been a laboratory for animals with highly contagious diseases. The policy has been labelled as being “barbaric” and “deeply repulsive.”[18]

Arms Trade

In 2019, the Danish government extended the suspension of future exports to Saudi Arabia of weapons, military equipment and dual-use products it had made in 2018 to also cover the United Arab Emirates.[19]

Download as XLS or PDF or view the Google-Doc

Product
Company
Year
Deal Size
Comments
Source
20 Soltam K-6 120mm mortars
Soltam Systems
2010
For use in Afghanistan, Danish designation TMT M/10
Sipri
10 Litening-4 Aircraft EO systems
Rafael
2012 (2013)
from US production line, for F-16 aircrafts
Sipri
15 A3MS 120 mm heavy mortar systems
ESLAIT (Elbit)
2017
$15.3m
for Piranha 5S, with option for an additional six systems, includes a 30-year sustainment agreement
https://thaimilitaryandasianregion.blogspot.com/2017/05/denmark-orders-15-mortar-systems-for.html