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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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Johannes Langkilde of DR1

INTERVIEW MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE COPENHAGEN, DENMARK U.S. CHIEF OF MISSION RESIDENCE JULY 22, 2020 You can watch the interview on DR.DK   QUESTION:  Mr. Secretary, welcome to Denmark.  I hope that you are enjoying our country. SECRETARY POMPEO:  It’s been a great visit, Johannes.  Thanks for having me. QUESTION:  Great to hear that.  We have limited time, sir, so …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at a Press Availability with Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod

REMARKS TO THE PRESS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS COPENHAGEN, DENMARK JULY 22, 2020 FOREIGN MINISTER KOFOD:  Welcome, Secretary Pompeo, Mike.  Let me start by welcoming you to Denmark.  High-level visits these days are rare due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and your decision to prioritize to come to official visit here to Denmark underscores the …

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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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Temporary Pause of International Exchange Programs Due to COVID-19

MEDIA NOTE |  OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON | MARCH 12, 2020 The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) will temporarily pause all ECA-funded programs that involve travel to and from countries with heightened U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Alert Level 2 (Practice Enhanced Precautions) and Warning Level 3 (Avoid Nonessential Travel) or heightened State Department COVID-19 related Travel Advisory …

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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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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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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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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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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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Favorite Spots – Through the eyes of a U.S. student

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 some of her personal favorite spots in Denmark. It’s an interesting mix of classic Danish, global influences, and a healthy …

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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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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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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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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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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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