Ambassador Sands Receives Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Award

At her farewell ceremony Ambassador Sands received the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Award – the highest recognition for non-career civilians – for her vision and leadership in strengthening US – DK, FO, GL security cooperation in the Kingdom of Denmark. Building on a pivotal time in the United States-Kingdom of Denmark bilateral relationship, …

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Op-ed in Berlingske – U.S. Ambassador: Denmark must rectify the serious short comings in its armed forces 

  Carla Sands, US Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark   A translated version of this appeared in Berlingske on November 30, 2020   NATO is the greatest collective security organization in the history of the world. For the last seven decades, NATO has kept the peace to defend our people and our way of life.   One reason our transatlantic …

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New Partnership Declaration Between the United States of America and the Faroe Islands

November 12 marked a milestone in relations between the United States and the Faroe Islands. The United States, represented by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European & Eurasian Affairs Michael J. Murphy, and the Faroe Islands, represented by the Faroese Minister for Foreign Affairs, Education and Culture Jenis av Rana, signed a Partnership Declaration. …

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Celebrating the Election and Democracy

Talking about the elections Every four years there is a Presidential Election in the U.S. and for us that means election celebrations and election events. In an election year, we talk to many more schools than in an average year, we visit many more organizations. And of course answer many election related questions. This year …

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Statement on Improved Cooperation in Greenland

For Immediate Release PRESS RELEASE U.S. Embassy Copenhagen October 28, 2020 Statement on Improved Cooperation in Greenland   The United States has a long history of close cooperation with the Danish and Greenlandic governments based on our deep economic ties, strong defense partnership, and shared respect for democratic values, human rights, and the rule of …

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A celebration of investments in Denmark and increased trade between Denmark and the U.S.

On October 1, Ambassador Sands participated in a dinner at Sølyst arranged by the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Denmark . The purpose of the dinner was to award the prize for this year’s “Foreign Company of the Year Award.” IBM Denmark received the prestigious honor this year in recognition of their continued efforts on developing and innovating their business in Denmark. The jury emphasized …

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Ambassador Sands’ remarks at the 2020 Independence Day Celebrations

Excellencies, Ministers, distinguished colleagues, and friends – welcome. Thank you for joining me on this beautiful afternoon to celebrate American independence and the birth of our great democracy, which turns 244 years old this year. This occasion gives us the opportunity to honor the strong and historic alliance between the United States and the Kingdom …

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Pride Week 2020 – Open Letter from Ambassador Carla Sands

On the occasion of Copenhagen Pride Week 2020, the entire U.S. Embassy team and I wish all those throughout the Kingdom of Denmark a great week full of inspiring conversations that seek to provide solutions for advancing the rights of LGBTI persons and protecting them from violence, criminalization, discrimination and stigma. Protecting and defending human …

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Ambassador Sands visits the Faroe Islands

In July, Ambassador Sands and a small delegation from U.S. Embassy Denmark visited the Faroe Islands. In the Embassy’s constant efforts to strengthen and deepen relations with all parts of the Kingdom of Denmark, Ambassador Sands and the delegation met with people from across Faroese government and society. The U.S. and the Faroe Islands have …

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Statement by Ambassador Sands on the Opening of U.S. Consulate Nuuk

On behalf of the U.S. government, I am excited to begin this new chapter in our relationship with Greenland and the entire Kingdom of Denmark by re-establishing our consulate in Nuuk, Greenland. The consulate is another positive sign of the strong collaboration between the U.S. government and the Greenlandic and Danish governments. I want to …

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WAKE UP TO THE ARCTIC’S IMPORTANCE

By U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, Carla Sands The majestic landscape of the Arctic – from the snow-capped peaks of the Brooks Range in Alaska to the vast Greenland Ice Sheet – creates the impression of permanence and timelessness. But with new sea lanes opening and milder inland climates, the Arctic’s landscape is rapidly changing. Many …

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Åbent brev fra Carla Sands, USAs ambassadør til det danske kongerige

Kære ven, Foråret og det dejlige vejr er vendt tilbage til Danmark. Når jeg finder tid til at nyde solskinnet, er det nemt at forestille sig, for et øjeblik, at tingene er ved at vende tilbage til det normale. Men når jeg så hører nyhederne, bliver jeg hurtigt mindet om, at vi stadig står midt …

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Åbent brev fra USA’s Ambassadør i Kongeriget Danmark, Carla Sands

(English version below) Kære ven, Jeg er blevet dybt rørt over de scenarier, der udspiller sig i Italien, flere steder i Europa og i Brooklyn i New York, hvor folk står på deres altaner og synger og spiller sammen med deres naboer. Jeg er også meget inspireret af de mange positive beskeder og hilsener i …

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Statement from Ambassador Sands

We must work together to overcome the COVID-19 outbreak and the spread of disinformation. Please only trust and share information from credible sources, and, when possible, refer directly to the relevant authorities. It is a fact that the U.S., as with our allies in Europe, is contributing across the world to help stop the spread …

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Message from Ambassador Sands

Dear Friends of the U.S. Embassy and Residents of the Kingdom of Denmark, Our countries have a long and storied friendship, and we will get through this difficult time together. My team and I encourage everyone to follow the travel guidelines announced by the Danish government ( 14 March Security announcement ) and follow the practices recommended by the authorities …

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The US View on the Arctic

As delivered at the Annual Security Policy Conference at Christiansborg, November 15, 2019   Your Excellencies, Members of Parliament, Generals, Ladies and Gentlemen – good afternoon. Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you today about the United States and our view on the Arctic. I want to thank our hosts, Folk & Sikkerhed, …

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Ambassador Sands participates in Ólavsøka

Ambassador Sands visited the Faroe Islands to participate in the festivities surrounding the Faroese National Day, Ólavsøka. During the visit, Ambassador Sands met with Faroese Prime Minister Aksel Johannesen, saw the traditional boat races and participated in National Day celebrations.   Thank you @Tinganes for inviting me to #Ólavsøka . Many thanks to the #Faroese people for the special …

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Remarks by Ambassador Sands at the 2019 Independence Day celebrations on June 20.

Your excellencies, ministers, ladies and gentlemen, friends and colleagues, welcome to Rydhave and happy Independence Day. Thank you for joining us to honor the day our forefathers pledged their sacred honor to the founding of the United States and the idea that liberty is man’s highest calling. First, I would like to say to our …

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Remarks by Ambassador Sands at the Future Greenland Conference

The United States and Greenland: New Opportunities Through Expanded Partnership and Cooperation Good morning.  Thank you for this opportunity to speak with you all.  I see some friends and familiar faces in the audience.  I know that everyone here has Greenland’s future and best interests at heart.  You are joined by the United States in …

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Sharing the Burden – The Importance of Having Adequate Defense Spending for a Credible Defense

In 2014, all NATO members agreed to work towards spending 2% of their GDP on defense by 2024. Therefore, the U.S. is asking Denmark and other NATO allies to come up with credible plans to improve defense capabilities. Unfortunately, many NATO countries, including Denmark fall short of this target. On this page we have compiled …

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No More Time to Waste – Denmark and Europe Must Address Uncomfortable Defense Realities

By U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, Carla H. Sands Published on December 6, 2018, in Politiken. Read in Danish The partnership between the United States and Denmark is among the strongest in the world.  For over seven decades we have relied upon each other with the surety of friendship and a shared worldview. Our nations have long believed in …

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WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT THE EU AND THE U.S. AGREE ABOUT FREE TRADE

Berlingske, Section 1, page 44.  Sunday, November 18, 2018 – Read the story on Berlingske.dk WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT THE EU AND THE US AGREE ABOUT FREE TRADE By the United States Ambassador to Denmark, Carla Sands, and the Danish Ambassador to the United States, Lars Lose. The bonds between Denmark and the United States are strong.  Between …

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Ambassador Sands and Embassy Staff visit the Faroe Islands

Ambassador Sands and staff from several Embassy sections visited the Faroe Islands in late August, 2018. During the visit the delegation met with Arctic Command for a briefing about their work in the waters around the Faroe Islands. A visit to Vinnuhúsið/Industriens Hus was also on the agenda. Ambassador Sands was briefed on the Faroese …

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Ambassador Sands’ remarks at the 2018 Pride Reception

Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome. I’m joined here by my fellow hosts – the Ambassador of Australia, the Charge d’Affaires from Canada, and the Deputy Head of Mission of the UK, because we all share a common goal: to advance the equal rights and human rights of LGBTI persons. And I know we share that …

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Statement by U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark Carla Sands and The Embassy of the United States of America

Statement by U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark Carla Sands and The Embassy of the United States of America August 8, 2018 We are disappointed to learn that some members of local lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) organizations have declined to attend the Pride reception hosted by the embassies of the United …

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I cannot imagine a better ally nor a better friend to America than Denmark – Ambassador Sands’ Independence Day Remarks

Remarks by Ambassador Sands at the 2018 Independence Day Celebrations on June 21 at Rydhave   Ministers, Ambassadors, distinguished colleagues, and friends— welcome. What a pleasure it is to have you here as we gather to celebrate my nation’s 242nd birthday. This is my first American Independence Day in Denmark and it is both my …

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How Do We Stop Plastics Pollution? U.S.-EU Exhibit Tours Europe

The World Economic Forum  says that without significant action, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by the year 2050. Plastics pollution is a major problem for the oceans, their inhabitants and all the people who depend on oceans for their livelihood. We wanted people to know about this issue. We wanted to provide simple actions that …

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The Best of Both Worlds: Public-Private Partnerships Solve Problems

Good solutions are often the result of the private sector working with national and local governments. That’s why on November 9-10, the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen hosted a workshop focused on the use of public-private partnerships (PPP). These partnerships work great as a means to address global challenges related to environment, science, technology and health (ESTH) issues. Public-private partnerships …

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Elephant, Donkeys or Third Party Animal? – Election Debate at the Youth Folkemøde

The U.S. Ambassador, Rufus Gifford, participated in a debate concerning the election and the American Presidential System   Hundreds of students gathered around one of the main stages as the debate on the American Election was about to begin. First up on the agenda was a small introduction to the election and the American political system …

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Danish students help with counter-radicalization

The U.S. Embassy organized a workshop on counter-radicalization for approximately 90 young Danish pupils in the age of 15-20 at the Youth Folkemøde. The intention of the workshop was to open a dialogue on violent extremism and radicalization with the participants and discuss what initiatives can be taken to prevent these unfortunately very relevant and …

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Gender Equality: It should be the norm – but it isn’t

Gender Equality Panel Discussion at the Youth Folkemøde The embassy had the pleasure of participating in a panel discussion about gender equality. The U.S government is a strong supporter of empowering women’s rights in the political, economic and social realms of their countries. The panel was moderated by Deputy Chief of Mission Laura Lochman and the panelists included Ambassador Rufus Gifford , Natasha Joof …

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Celebrating Democracy at First Ever Youth Folkemøde

In September, the U.S. Embassy in Denmark took part in a celebration of democracy along with thousands of Danish Students. The sun was shining bright over Søndermarken, Copenhagen. It was the early hours of the first ever Youth Folkemøde , also called UFM16, in Denmark. Thursday the 8th of September marked the first day of this very …

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Meeting each other in front of the screen

At what is by now a tradition, the Copenhagen TV Festival officially opened with a garden party at Rydhave last night. This is by far one of the most hyggelige and relaxed  events of the year. But this event is much more than a nice relaxed picnic and outdoor screening. It’s a celebration of (good) …

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Celebrating Faroese Ólavsøka and Pride

In the last week of July, Ambassador Gifford, Dr. Stephen DeVincent, and embassy staff went to the Faroe Islands. The visit had many aspects including strengthening business ties, being the unique nature and ecosystem that exists in the Faroe Islands. But the two biggest items on the agenda were 1)participating in the Faroese Pride Celebrations …

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2016 Independence Day

2016 Independence Day We celebrated the 2016 Independence Day by inviting our friends and contacts to the Ambassador’s residence, Rydhave. The event is a great way to say thank you to our many Danish partners for all the valuable work they do with us.  It’s also a great venue to catch up with a contact you maybe …

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Secretary John Kerry visited Denmark & Greenland

Secretary John Kerry visited Denmark & Greenland U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Denmark and Greenland on June 16 and 17. During the very busy two-day schedule Secretary Kerry met with HM the Queen, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen, GAME, Greenland Prime Minister Kim Kielsen, and many many more. The visit focused on some …

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Women Deliver in Copenhagen

Women Deliver Conference In mid-May Copenhagen was host city to the Women Deliver Conference . It was the world’s largest global conference on the health, rights, and well being of girls and women in the last decade. The Embassy and several parts of the U.S. Government participated in the conference, which focused on women’s rights, inclusion of women …

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Copenhagen Prides & Events

Ambassador Gifford and the rest of U.S. Embassy, Copenhagen celebrated human rights during Copenhagen’s PRIDE week, August 27-30. The Embassy participated in several events during the week to show its support of human and LGBT rights. The highlight of the week was the Pride Parade that took place in Copenhagen Saturday, August 30. Ambassador Gifford …

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Signing of Condolence Book at Netherlands Embassy

Ambassador Gifford visited the Embassy of the Netherlands in Denmark to offer condolences and assure the Netherlands Chargé d’Affaires, Joan W. Coert, that the U.S. will help in any way possible with the investigation of the crash of MH17 in which 192 Dutch citizens died along with citizens from Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia, Germany, Belgium, Philippines, …

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Independece Day Celebrations

On a beautiful sunny Wednesday afternoon we celebrated the 238th anniversary of American independence. Just over 1.000 of our closest friends and contacts honored us with their presence. Guests included politicians, civil servants, diplomats, business people, scholars, NGO representatives, and representatives from the world of culture. In his remarks Ambassador Gifford noted the strong long-lasting …

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Denmark-America Foundation 100th Anniversary

On May 6, 2014 the Denmark-America Foundation (DAF) celebrated its 100th anniversary at Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen with speeches, classical music and a humorous ballet especially choreographed for the occasion. Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II, Minister of Science Sofie Carsten Nielsen, and Ambassador Gifford joined a large number of leading Danish businessmen and women to …

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Ambassador Gifford and Minister for Social Affairs, Manu Sareen visit drop-in health clinic

On April 29, Ambassador Gifford and Minister Manu Sareen, Denmark’s Minister for Social Affairs, Children, Integration and Equality, visited a drop-in health clinic in Copenhagen. The clinic is operated by the Danish Center against Human Trafficking jointly with Danish NGOs Reden International and Safe and Alive. The clinic offers health and social services to sex workers in the Copenhagen area and works …

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