Release: Country Reports on Terrorism

In 2016, terrorist groups continued to exploit ungoverned territory and ongoing conflict to expand their reach. ISIS remained the top terrorist threat in 2016, directing and inspiring terrorist cells, networks, and individuals around the world. ISIS was expelled from a significant amount of territory it had controlled at the beginning of 2016, a trend that ...
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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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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Copenhagen

Location:  Across the street from U.S. Embassy Copenhagen, Denmark Event:  Demonstrations are expected to take place on Monday, June 25, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. across the street from the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark.  The groups intend to protest U.S. ...
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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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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Copenhagen, Denmark

Location:  Albertslund, Copenhagen, Denmark Event:  Copenhagen Police report an increase in gun violence in Albertslund, part of Greater Copenhagen.  According to police, over the past week, there have been six shootings in Western Copenhagen, to the north of Roskildevej between Albertslund and Taastrup.  The perpetrators have shot into houses, at bystanders from moving vehicles, and ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Copenhagen

Location:    Across the street from U.S. Embassy Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark Event:         A demonstration by the group “March for Our Lives” is expected to take place across the street from U.S. Embassy Copenhagen on Saturday, March 24, 2018 beginning at 12:00 noon.  Local authorities estimate that up to 200 individuals will participate and that the ...
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Lapse of appropriations

At this time, scheduled passport and visa services will continue during the lapse in appropriations as the situation permits. This website will not be regularly updated until full operations resume, with the exception of emergency safety and security information.‎
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National Religious Freedom Day 2018

Since 1993, the President of the United States has proclaimed January 16 as National Religious Freedom Day, commemorating the Virginia General Assembly‘s adoption of Thomas Jefferson‘s landmark Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom on January 16, 1786. The idea of Freedom of Religion is enshrined in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which ...
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Let’s end Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is an assault on human dignity and should be penalized accordingly. No government can hold human traffickers accountable or address the needs of victims without stringent and comprehensive human trafficking laws, strong law enforcement, prosecutorial capacity funded with adequate resources, and an informed judiciary. 
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My time in Denmark has come to an end

Simbi, who has blogged on our site this winter and spring is almost done with her semester in Denmark. During her stay here she’s given an American perspective on many things Danish. This time she discusses her thoughts about leaving, seeing now familiar things with fresh eyes, and being conscious of your surroundings. The views ...
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Puffins, Salmon, and Great Relations

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Laura Lochman visited the Faroe Islands from May 4-5, 2017 to meet with a wide variety of contacts in the Danish and Faroese governments, Faroese business, and Faroese society. The U.S. and the Faroe Islands The U.S. and the Faroe Islands have long enjoyed good relations,  especially in the areas of ...
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Megan, My Exchange Doppelgänger

Frederikke is back with her third blog post. This time she shares a Maui story. As you know.. I am at Dartmouth as a part of an exchange between here and University of Copenhagen, which means that my being here, means there’s a Dartmouth student there. One could say that in this respect we are ...
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How can I be in a foreign country but still feel like I’m home?

Here is Simbi’s second blog post. During her studies in Denmark she will write about her experience as an exchange student. In this blog post, she is looking at differences and similarities between Denmark and the United States.   I see life as a journey made of decisions and experiences that in some way help to ...
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President Trump and Prime Minister Rasmussen Meet in The White House

On March 30, 2017, the President welcomed Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen of Denmark to the White House for bilateral consultations. Denmark is one of the closest allies of the United States, and the Prime Minister’s visit was a testament to the deep and enduring ties between the two countries. The meeting was an opportunity ...
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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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Apply for the Women2Women America 2017 Conference

The U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen is pleased to announce the call for applications for the Women2Women America 2017 Conference. The conference takes place from July 23 thru August 01, 2017 at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Young women aged 15-20, with a strong interest in women’s rights, human rights, international affairs, and leadership are eligible ...
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Art From Exile

In late February, Chargé d’Affaires Laura Lochman opened and hosted the temporary Art from Exile exhibit in the Bella Center. Wall by wall, piece by piece, Art from Exile featured numerous creative pieces by artists such as E. B. Itso, Hussein Mahmoodi and Samir Edo. Nine artists collaborated on the Art from Exile project, which ...
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The Dartmouth Adventure Part 2

First term at Dartmouth University has passed, and Frederikke is now sharing her experience as an exchange student in the U.S. Read her story and learn more about the challenges that occur when studying in a foreign language, the vast cultural differences that exist in our educational systems, as well as ways Danes and Americans ...
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Court ruling barring the U.S. government from enforcing certain provisions of Executive Order 13769

The Department of Justice informed the Department of State of the Washington state court ruling barring the U.S. government from enforcing certain provisions of Executive Order 13769, including those related to visas and travel. The provisional revocation of January 27, 2017, which had revoked all valid visas of nationals of seven countries in accordance with ...
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The Paris Agreement is in force – a look to the road ahead

2016 has been a historic year for climate action. We saw rapid entry into force of the Paris Agreement . This puts us on an faster path towards implementation of our climate goals. We secured an ambitious amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase down the production and use of hydrofluorocarbons. We also secured the adoption of a global market-based measure to set international aviation on the path toward ...
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2018 Green Card Lottery

Each year the United States allows 55.000 lucky people from all over the world win the opportunity to apply for an Immigrant Visa/Green Card to legally live in the United States. Called the ‘DV Lottery’, this program celebrates diversity by increasing the numbers of new immigrants who do not necessarily have a family or work ...
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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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Call for Application

The U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen is pleased to announce the call for application for the program Women2Women America 2016 Conference that will take place from be taking place from July 21 thru July 30, 2016 at Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts. Young women of age 15-19 years, with a strong interest in women’s rights, human ...
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ESTA Enhancements

23 February 2016 CBP Press Release CBP announces additional enhancements to the electronic system for travel authorization WASHINGTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection today announced additional enhancements to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), as part of the continued implementation of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act). ...
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United States Begins Implementation of Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

On January 21, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of State announced changes to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) – the program that makes it possible to enter the U.S. on an ESTA – to comply with recent legislation. You can read the full text of this announcement on the U.S. Department of State website . The ...
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Diplomacy at its Finest Mentoring Others

Anne-Dorte Andersen recently returned to Denmark after taking part in the State Department / espnW’s Global Women’s Sports Mentoring Program. After her month in New York and Washington, D.C., Anne-Dorte was back where it all started, at the U.S. Embassy, to meet Ambassador Rufus Gifford and talk about her experiences in the U.S.: “I feel ...
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Winning logo

It has been an extremely hard task to find the winning logo among so many great proposals. Thank you to all of you who have submitted logo proposals in our competition and thank you to all of you who have voted and thereby helped us to find the winner. Almost 1500 votes have now been ...
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NATO Summit

The NATO Summit comes at a critical time in the Alliance’s history. The global security environment is dangerous and unpredictable. Russia’s actions against Ukraine have challenged the fundamental principles of a Europe whole, free and at peace. An arc of crises surrounds the Alliance, with growing instability and security challenges across the Middle East and ...
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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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Copenhagen TV Festival kicked off in Ambassador Gifford´s private garden

About 500 of Denmark´s finest within the TV and Movie world were gathered in Ambassador Gifford´s private garden on a beautiful Danish Summer evening. Ambassador Gifford hosted an outdoor screening of the first episode of the American TV-show True Detective together with Copenhagen Film Fund and Copenhagen TV Festival. The guests were given picnic baskets ...
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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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Danish Air Force Lt Col awarded Bronze Star

The morning of July 7 was a testament to the close relations Denmark and the U.S. have. Lt Col Palle Mikkelsen from the Danish Royal Air Force was presented with the Bronze Star. He was awarded the medal for exceptionally meritorious and outstanding service to the United States while stationed in Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan ...
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2014 TIP Report

On Friday, June 20 at 9:00 AM EDT, Secretary of State John F. Kerry unveiled the 2014 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of State. As required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), the TIP Report assesses governments around the world on their efforts to combat modern slavery. ...
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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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Kalaallit Nunaat USA-miippoq

At the Danish Embassy in Washington D.C., Greenland has an official representative. His name is Inuuteq Holm Olsen, and he deals with bilateral relations between Greenland and the U.S. We did an interview with him, on the Joint Committee and U.S.-Greenland relations. You can hear it on the link to the right, or see it ...
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Assistant Secretary Nuland Visits Denmark

Toria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State for Europe, visited Denmark May 1 to discuss the situation in Ukraine and other matters of importance to our bilateral and transatlantic relationships. Her full schedule included meetings with several top Danish officials, business leaders, and an interview with the anchor of Denmark’s most-watched evening newscast. You can watch ...
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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 to identify ...
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Danish policy makers get unique insight into NATO capabilities

Danish policy makers take a close look at the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk at Sigonella Naval Air Station in Sigonella, Sicily, with Embassy Copenhagen on a NATO tour in late April. The unmanned and unarmed Global Hawk is used as a high-altitude platform for surveillance and security. From 2016 the Global Hawk will be NATO’s new “eye in the sky.” The tour also included ...
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Lifetime Achivement “Robert” given to William Friedkin

On Friday, April 4, Film Director William Friedkin of “Exorcist” and “French Connection” fame received the first-ever life time achievement award, an Honorary Robert,  from the Danish Film Academy given to a non-Dane.  This great event took place at the Dagmar Theater as part of the CPH PIX festival. Learn more about the Robert on ...
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Release of 2013 Human Rights Report

On February 27, 2014, Secretary Kerry submitted the 2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (commonly known as the Human Rights Reports) to the United States Congress. The reports, now in their 38th year, are available on State.gov and HumanRights.gov . Mandated by Congress, the Human Rights Reports help inform U.S. government policy and foreign assistance. They ...
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Meeting young Danish politicians

Ambassador Gifford met with representatives from all the political parties’ youth organizations to learn more about young Danes and the issues they care about. Ambassador Gifford shared his experiences from his political work in several campaigns and talked about issues that interested young Americans. The ensuing conversations gave Ambassador Gifford great insight into topics that ...
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Young Blood Brass Band Performance Lecture

Legendary Youngblood Brass Band are known as the founders of the genre riot brass. With an amazing mix of New Orleans Jazz, brass, punk ethos and hip hop the band is The Roots of the Midwest. On November 12, Youngblood Brass Band played in Pumpehuset. At 15.00 on the same day the band gave a ...
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70th Anniversary of the rescue of Danish Jews

The U.S. embassies in Stockholm and Copenhagen join the Swedish and Danish people in commemorating the 70th anniversary of the rescue of Danish Jews.  U.S. Ambassador to Sweden Mark Brzezinski said, “As highlighted by President Obama during his recent visit to Stockholm, this is an important day for us all to remember the importance of ...
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Joint Statement by Kingdom of Denmark, Republic of Finland, Republic of Iceland, Kingdom of Norway, Kingdom of Sweden, and the United States of Americ

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release September 04, 2013 Joint Statement by Kingdom of Denmark, Republic of Finland, Republic of Iceland, Kingdom of Norway, Kingdom of Sweden, and the United States of America The Kingdom of Denmark, Republic of Finland, Republic of Iceland, Kingdom of Norway, Kingdom of Sweden, and ...
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Danish Defense Minister, Nicolai Wammen meets U.S. Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Danish Minister of Defence Nicolai Wammen met today (August 21) at the Pentagon, reaffirming the two countries’ strong defense relationship based upon shared approaches to defense and security issues, and pledging to continue to deepen military cooperation. The two leaders highlighted the long friendship between the two nations’ armed ...
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Statement on the Syrian Government’s use of Chemical weapons

Transcript of Secretary Kerry’s Statement Remarks by the President Government Assessment of the Syrian Government’s Use of Chemical Weapons on August 21, 2013 The United States Government assesses with high confidence that the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs on August 21, 2013. We further assess that the regime used a nerve agent in the attack. These all-source ...
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2013 Independence Day Celebrations at Rydhave

A sunny Tuesday afternoon saw over 1.000 embassy friends and contacts from the worlds of academia, business, culture, diplomacy, government, law enforcement, and military gather at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence in Denmark, Rydhave. The event which included the posting of the Danish and American flags by Danish Life Guard soldiers and U.S. Marines respectively was ...
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Danes get a feel for NATO

A group of Danish policy makers – representing the Folketing, think tanks and ministries – visited SHAPE , the central command of NATO’s military forces, near Mons in Belgium on May 29.  The visit was part of the U.S. Embassy’s annual NATO study tour which allows participants to go to NATO installations and experience at first ...
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How do we make people talk to each other again?

New York Public Library Director, Paul Holdengräber, explains the ideas behind his celebrated “Live from NYPL” series, where he talks to rock stars, Nobel Prize winners and other celebrities about life, literature and the arts.  Some interviewers want to fade away, once they have asked their question.  Not me.  I want to interject myself into ...
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