The Copenhagen Embassy serves as the bilateral Mission between Denmark and the United States, as well as the hub for a number of Nordic and Baltic U.S. Representations. Regional representations include the Office of Environment, Science and Technology, as well as the Legal Attaché and the Drug Enforcement Agency under the Department of Justice. Other Embassy offices include the Commercial Service under the Department of Commerce, The Department of Defense, and the Department of Homeland Security.
The Embassy also houses the procurement office for the U.S. Air Force Base at Thule, Greenland – Detachment 1.
Diplomatic relations between Denmark and the United States go back to 1801, which makes Denmark one of the countries with the longest unbroken diplomatic ties to the U.S. See the Office of the Historian for more background information on U.S. diplomatic history.
The section and offices are listed below. If you are in need of Consular or American Citizens’ Services assistance, please use the drop down menu on top of the page.
The Ambassador’s offfice, or Executive Office as it is also called, is the center of operations of an Embassy. The Ambassador, also known as the Chief of Mission, is the personal representative of the President of the United States to the government and people of Denmark. A Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) manages the daily business of the Embassy on behalf of the Ambassador. If an Ambassador’s term has ended and another Ambassador has yet to be appointed, the DCM acts in the Ambassador’s stead as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim. The Executive Office is also staffed by one or more office managers.
The American market is open to products, ideas, and inward investment in ways that few others are. President Obama has emphasized this openness to both foreign and domestic investors. In 2011, he established “SelectUSA” to assist foreign companies as they invest in our country.
SelectUSA also has consolidated information on federal programs and services available to companies that operate in the United States into a one-stop web portal. This resource should be a perfect tool for Danish companies and we hope that more will benefit from this new service.
With its stable political and economic environment and well developed rule of law, Denmark is an excellent market for U.S. companies. With its state-of-the-art infrastructure and distribution systems, a highly skilled labor force and a central location, Denmark is an excellent distribution point for the Scandinavian, Northern European and Baltic markets. Furthermore, Denmark is a firm advocate of liberal trade and investment policies and actively encourages foreign investment.
The Embassy, including the Commercial and Political/Economic Sections, is dedicated to promoting and protecting U.S. commercial interests in Denmark and stands ready to offer a variety of services to both U.S. and Danish companies.
We hope you find the information on this site useful, and please do call upon us to assist you in whatever way we can.
Please visit the Business Section of this website for more information.
Head of Commercial Section
Head of Economic Section
The Consular Section of the American Embassy provides assistance to American citizens residing in or visiting Denmark and visa services for temporary visitors and immigrants to the United States.
The American Citizen Services Unit helps American citizens with passport applications and renewals, reports of birth for children born in Denmark, voter registration, applications for Social Security numbers, federal benefits, income tax forms, child custody issues, and notarial services. The unit also provides emergency services for American citizens in distress.
The Visa Unit processes nonimmigrant visas. Nonimmigrant visas are processed for persons who seek short-term visas to the United States, such as tourist visas, business visas, student visas, crew visas, and temporary work permits.
Please note that all immigrant visa processing for residents of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden takes place at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden. Immigrant visas are processed for persons who are entitled to reside permanently in the United States. The U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen only provides very limited immigrant visa-related services.
Defense Attaché Office
The United States Defense Attaché Office (DAO) performs representational functions on behalf of the Secretary of Defense, the Secretaries of the Military Services, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Chiefs of the U.S. Military Services and the Commander of European Command. The Defense Attaché at the American Embassy, Copenhagen, is Captain James F. Gibson.
The pages at this DAO website are intended to answer general inquiries regarding the tracing of former and current United States military personnel and enlistment in the United States Armed Forces, and are intended for those making such inquiries from the Kingdom of Denmark. While every effort has been made to ensure that the information is current, DAO Copenhagen accepts no responsibility for any inaccuracies which may occur.
- Enlistment in the U.S. Armed Forces For U.S. Citizens
- Enlistment In The U.S. Armed Forces For Non-U.S. Citizens
- Finding Former Military Personnel In The U.S.
- The American Legion
Military Records Centers (these lists also include sources of photos, historical information, artifacts, etc):
Environment, Science, Technology, and Health Office
Nordic/Baltic Regional ESTH Office Overview
The Nordic/Baltic ESTH Regional Hub office is the United States’ point of contact for regional environment, science, technology and health (ESTH) issues for the Nordic/Baltic region.
The office acts as a liaison between governments, international organizations, the private sector, research institutions and non-governmental organizations on these issues. Additionally, the Regional Hub Officer coordinates programs of regional interest. The Hub region involves the eleven U.S. missions in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Poland and Germany.
In 1996, former U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher responded to growing concerns about trans-boundary environmental concerns with the creation of U.S. regional environmental offices in key regions around the world. These “Hubs” were designed to complement the activities of U.S. diplomatic missions by concentrating on trans-boundary issues of regional and global significance. The Hubs are part of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES). The Hub office was established in 1998 under this initiative.
The office, located at the U. S. Embassy in Copenhagen, is the United States’ point of regional contact for ESTH issues. The office has an ESTH Officer, a Science specialist and an intern. The Nordic/Baltic office is one of 12 Hubs around the world. The other Hubs are located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Amman, Jordan; Bangkok, Thailand; Brasilia, Brazil; Budapest, Hungary; Gaborone, Botswana; Kathmandu, Nepal; Libreville, Gabon; San Jose, Costa Rica; Suva, Fiji and Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Diverse regional issues include renewable/clean energy, Arctic health, technology commercialization, climate finance and sustainability. While the Office is located in Copenhagen, the scope of interest is broader than just Denmark. Trans-boundary solutions are necessary to address regional and global environmental and health challenges. Therefore, the Nordic/Baltic Office addresses those challenges by partnering with governments and NGOs to build awareness, share knowledge and increase cooperation in the region. Our focus area is the Nordic/Baltic region and our close work with researchers, scientists, specialists, representatives from the private sector and policy makers from the United Stated and various countries in the Nordic/Baltic region, helps us to fulfill the role of liaison and complement the activities of the U.S. diplomatic missions.
ESTH Monthly updates
Every month, the ESTH office sends out a Storify link with the most important news on ESTH issues in the Nordic/Baltic region. The archive below gives also access to our former E-letters.
US Chairmanship of the Arctic Council
The Arctic Council is a high-level intergovernmental forum that addresses primarily environmental protection and sustainable development issues in the Arctic region. The United States participates in the Arctic Council under the leadership of the Department of State and has the honor of taking up the Council’s 2015-2017 chairmanship. As the United States is committed to working with its partners in the Arctic Council, the goal is to advance our shared objectives. Read more about the Arctic Council and more on the role of the United States in the Council.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of International Affairs (OIA) is the largest international investigative component within in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The mission of OIA is to protect the United States of America by enhancing national security to prevent terrorist attacks. In furtherance of this goal, OIA conducts and coordinates international investigations involving transnational criminal organizations responsible for the illegal movement of people, goods, money and technology into and out of the United States. Additionally, we interact with the international community on behalf of ICE through representation with international organizations, international training and outreach, coordinating official visits, ensuring the integrity of our visa system and assisting in the repatriation of foreign nationals ordered deported or removed from the United States.
The ICE Attaché Copenhagen supports other ICE and DHS components in the countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. We are responsible for:
Coordinating the criminal and administrative investigations into violations of United States immigration and customs laws with our counterparts in these countries;
Assisting our foreign counterparts with their investigations that have ties to the United States;
Assisting in the repatriation of nationals of these countries who have been ordered deported or removed from the United States;
Working with the Department of State in these countries to identify visa fraud and coordinating appropriate criminal prosecution with the host country when it is detected;
Providing outreach and training to host country officials, businesses, non-governmental organizations, civic groups, industry and others in support of our efforts to combat terrorist travel, human trafficking and smuggling, child pornography and exploitation, money laundering, visa and document fraud, customs fraud and other offenses related to the unlawful movement of people, goods, money and technology into or out of the United States;
Coordinating the official visits to ICE Headquarters and field offices of law enforcement, immigration and customs officials from these countries.
The ICE Attaché Copenhagen is an investigative and enforcement arm of DHS and has no inspectional, regulatory or immigration benefit components.
- Questions regarding immigration and customs inspections, admissions and regulatory processes should be directed to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
- Questions regarding immigrations benefits and visas should be directed to either U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) or to the Embassy’s Consular Section.
- Questions regarding U.S. airports and air travel, including travel restrictions, should be directed to the Transportation Security Administration.
Office of Defense Cooperation
The Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) Denmark is responsible to the U.S. Ambassador and the U.S. European Command for administering U.S. Security Cooperation and International Armaments Cooperation (IAC) Programs, as well as reinforcing defense logistics planning activities for Denmark.
Security Cooperation includes Foreign Military Sales (FMS) of U.S. defense equipment and training. Specifically, Security Cooperation concerns the transfer of military equipment, technology and services through sale, grant, lease, or loan to friendly foreign governments. Such transfers are carried out under the principle that if they are essential to the security and economic well-being of friendly foreign governments, they are equally vital to the security and economic well being of the United States. This is in keeping with US European Command’s “Stronger Together” vision.
International Armaments Cooperation
IAC includes support for bilateral government-to-government cooperative programs such as the F-16 Multinational Fighter Program, Data Exchange Agreements, Foreign Comparative Testing, Engineer & Scientist Exchanges, and support to U.S. defense industries seeking to do business in Denmark.
Logistics planning includes coordinating bilateral mutual logistics support agreements, which provide the U.S. and Denmark flexible and responsive logistics support during peacetime and war.
The primary constituency of ODC-Denmark includes U.S. Department of Defense personnel, Danish Ministry of Defense staff, Danish Chief of Defense staff, the Joint Materiel Command of Danish military services – the Danish Defense Acquisitions and Logistics Organization/Forsvarets Materiel Tjeneste (DALO/FMT) , U.S. defense vendors, and Danish defense-related industries wishing to participate in cooperative programs in order to gain access to the U.S. market. Specific areas in which the ODC may provide assistance include:
- National and defense decision-making process
- Defense procurement regulations and policies
- Defense budget and procurement plans
- Defense industries and product lines
- Points of contact for specific procurement programs
- Coordination with other U.S. Embassy offices
- Industrial cooperation requirements
- Bilateral logistics agreements
- Data Exchange Agreements
- Foreign Comparative Testing programs
We’re hiring. Please visit the jobs section of this site to learn more about the job! The application deadline is July 30,2017.
The Political and Economic Section
The Political/Economic Section coordinates with the Danish Government on the full range of political, economic, security and transatlantic issues. We utilize our official contacts with representatives in the Danish Government, as well as officials in Greenland and the Faroe Islands, non-governmental organizations, and commercial interlocutors to advocate policies consistent with U.S. interests and to coordinate in areas of shared interest.
Some of the specific issues handled by the Political/Economic Section are:
- Bilateral and multilateral trade policy
- Civil aviation
- Intellectual Property Rights
- Maritime affairs
- Information technology and telecommunications
- Labor affairs
- Financial issues
- Development assistance coordination
- Missile Defense
- International peacekeeping and security issues
- Counterterrorism, including countering the financing of terrorism
- Law-enforcement coordination
- Human rights
- Trafficking in Persons
- Religious freedom
Public Affairs Section
The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the is responsible for delivering information to the Danish public about the United States, its government and its policies, and about America’s institutions and its people and culture. As part of this role, the section’s officers serve as the Embassy’s official press spokespersons.
In addition, the section organizes conferences, seminars and talks by visiting American officials and academics, as well as electronic meetings of American and Danish counterparts. As part of the Embassy’s overall outreach efforts, the section manages speaking programs by other Embassy officers, and invites groups to the Embassy for presentations by American officers.
PAS also manages a variety of educational and cultural exchanges — both short-term and long-term — that allow Danish students, academics, and professionals to visit the United States, and for Americans to visit Denmark. As part of this work, the Section maintains an active International Visitor and Voluntary Visitor program, which arranges study trips and professional appointments for Danish visitors to the United States. The Section also works closely with the Danish Fulbright Commission, which enables Danish and American students and faculty to study in America and Denmark.
Small Grants Program
The Public Affairs Section welcomes proposals for funding for cultural programs or other public events that aim to promote the understanding and appreciation of American culture. Any such proposals received by the Public Affairs Section will be reviewed and selected or rejected according to program needs and funding availability.
If you or your organization would like to apply for funding for a specific project, please visit our grants page to learn more and access relevant documents.
From time to time, the Embassy will also post grant solicitiations, where we ask for project ideas within specific topics or issues that we want to support with funding. Make sure you visit our grant solicitations page regularly to stay updated on what opportunities we have to offer.
Information, Research & Communications in the digital realm
The Embassy website is managed by the Information, Research & Communications section (IRC) – a subsection under PAS. The IRC helps the Embassy’s audience find information or answers about the U.S. We do this through the embassy website, through social media and through our public inquiries inbox firstname.lastname@example.org.
For students Aged 7-18
We have a website with content for Danish students/kids aged 6-18. It’s called USA i skolen. The site contains information about everything and anything U.S. and is available in English and Danish. The site is divided into sections matching different age groups.
Regional Security Office
The Regional Security Office is staffed by special agents of the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), the law enforcement and security branch of the U.S. Department of State. DSS special agents serving in regional security offices anchor our overseas security efforts and provide the first line of defense for our personnel, their families, U.S. diplomatic missions, and national security information. More than 480 DSS special agents in over 150 countries advise chiefs of mission on all security matters and develop and implement the programs that shield U.S. missions and residences overseas from physical and technical attack.
Special agents, in concert with other mission or post elements, formulate plans to deal with various emergency contingencies ranging from hostage taking to evacuations. Often, in times of crisis and political instability, DSS special agents rely on the U.S. military for assistance. Since the early 1990s, special agents have worked closely with the military, especially the U.S. Marine Fleet Antiterrorism Security Teams, which have provided emergency force protection support for Department of State operations in a number of countries when the host government was unable to do so.
Special agents are the primary liaison with foreign police and security services overseas, for instance the PET in Denmark, in support of U.S. law enforcement initiatives and investigations. Much of the investigative and law enforcement liaison work done by special agents abroad is on behalf of other federal, state, and local agencies. DSS receives about 3,000 requests for overseas investigative assistance from U.S. law enforcement each year, and has achieved noteworthy success in locating and apprehending wanted fugitives who have fled the United States.
DSS special agents also provide unclassified briefings and other professional security advice to U.S. businesses overseas through the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC).
While special agents face a tremendous challenge in implementing a mission’s security program, it is clearly one that cannot be handled alone. In the challenge to safeguard our personnel and sensitive information overseas, Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) security engineering officers (SEOs) augment the efforts of the security office. SEOs are the primary developers and promulgators of technical policy and regulations. They design or develop, implement, and manage security equipment programs at our missions abroad. In a constantly evolving technical environment, SEOs are responsible for detecting and preventing loss of sensitive information from technical espionage.
In addition to SEOs, special agents depend upon Marine Security Guards, U.S. Navy Seabees, surveillance detection teams, local guards, cleared American guards, local investigators, host government officials, and other DS elements domestically and abroad to provide assistance in combating criminal, intelligence, and terrorist threats against U.S. interests worldwide. These entities play a crucial role in the overall DS security efforts overseas.
To learn more about Diplomatic Security’s activities, please view Partnerships for a Safer World(PDF 2.9 MB), the bureau’s latest annual report.
You can contact the RSO on CopenhagenRSO@State.gov.