Relations between Turkey and Denmark

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations on 26 January 1925 by the “Treaty of Friendship between the Republic of Turkey and the Kingdom of Denmark” Turkey and Denmark have maintained close and friendly relations.

Turkey and Denmark enjoy a strong political dialogue consolidated by the cooperation in the regional and international organizations such as NATO, EU and the Council of Europe.

Denmark supports Turkey’s bid for EU membership. Moreover, Denmark became a member of the Group of Friends of Mediation pioneered by Turkey and Finland in 2014.

Frequent high level visits form a basis to improve relations between Turkey and Denmark.

Following the visit of H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, then Prime Minister, to Denmark on 19-20 March 2013, 11th President of Turkey, H.E. Abdullah Gül’s State Visit on 17-19 March 2014 upon the invitation of H.M Queen Margrethe II constituted another important opportunity to enhance cooperation between the two countries.

H.E. Lars Lokke Rasmussen, the Prime Minister of Denmark, paid a working visit to Turkey on 10 December 2016. H.E. Kristian Jensen, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, and H.E. Peter Christensen, former Minister of Defence of Denmark, visited İncirlik on 28 June 2016. In addition, former Foreign Affairs Minister Jensen paid a visit to Turkey on 29 September 2016 to demonstrate Denmark’s support after the failed coup attempt on 15 July.

Overall volume of trade between Turkey and Denmark was 1,85 billion USD (exports, 947 million Dollars; imports, 910 million Dollars) in 2016.

Textile products, automotive, coal and fuel oil and electrical devices have significant weight in Turkey’s exports to Denmark. Denmark’s exports to Turkey include iron and steel products, pharmaceuticals, machinery, electrical devices, power generating machinery as well as organic chemical products.

The number of Turkish companies including small and medium sized enterprises in Denmark is approximately 4.000. These firms are mostly active in the tourism, food and textile sectors. Turkey’s direct investments in Denmark in the period of 2002-2016 stands at 24 million USD.

Denmark’s total amount of direct investments in Turkey reached to 430 million USD in the period of 2002-2016. There are more than 500 Danish companies in Turkey, operating in the fields of wind energy, construction, manufacturing, health, trade, tourism and food.

Around 330 thousand Danish tourists visited Turkey in 2016. Furthermore, approximately 6.000 Danish citizens possess real estates in the southern coasts of Turkey.

Turkish-Danish Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO) was established in September 2013.

Turkish community living in Denmark consists of around 65 thousand people. They are the biggest migrant community in Denmark and represent an important component of our bilateral relations.

Yıldız Akdoğan (Social Democrats), who is of Turkish origin, was elected as a member of the Danish Parliament in the general elections of 18 June 2015.