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Greenland, the world’s largest island, is an autonomous territory of Denmark. Denmark has 483 islands.
    (SFC, 5/9/97, p.A4)(SSFC, 12/17/00, WB p.2)

11000BC    In 2016 Danish archaeologists found some hunting tools in Horsens dating to this time that gave insight into how some of the first people in Denmark lived.
    (AP, 2/10/17)

9000BC-4000BC    The finest record of Mesolithic and Neolithic peoples exists in Denmark, due to the country’s numerous bogs.
    (PacDis, Winter/’97, p.9)

c7,000BC    Early Danish Mesolithic: In the Maglemose culture large amber pendants were hardly changed.
    (PacDis, Winter/’97, p.8)

2400BC-1500BC    Late Danish Neolithic: In the Ertebolle Culture amber pendants were shaped as animals. This includes the Dagger Period of Northern Europe.
    (PacDis, Winter/’97, p.8)(http://tinyurl.com/9usqn)

400-500    During this period the Jutes of Jutland, at the northern tip of the Danish peninsula, migrated to Britain as part of a Germanic invasion. The notion that they settled in what is now Kent and the Isle of Wight, as is recorded by Anglo-Saxon chronicler Bede the Venerable, has been confirmed by archaeological evidence.
    (HNQ, 10/7/00)

700-800    Vikings settled the Faeroe Islands in the 8th century replacing Irish settlers. In 1948 the group of 18 islands, located between Britain and Iceland, became an autonomous region of Denmark.
    (SSFC, 7/29/07, p.G8)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faroe_Islands)

800-900    In Scandinavia Futhark evolved around the 9th century. Instead of 24 letters, the Scandinavian "Younger" Futhark had 16 letters. In England, Anglo-Saxon Futhorc started to be replaced by the Latin alphabet by the 9th century, and did not survive much more past the Norman Conquest. Futhark continued to be used in Scandinavia for centuries longer, but by 1600 CE, it had become nothing more than curiosities among scholars and antiquarians.

866        Nov, Danish Viking Ivar the Boneless first invaded the trading port of Eoforwic, the old Roman settlement of Eboracum. The Jorvic Viking settlement was discovered in 1976 when workers in York excavated for a new shopping center.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scandinavian_York)(SSFC, 4/13/14, p.Q5)

870        Dec 31, Skirmish at Englefield. Ethelred of Wessex beat back a Danish invasion army.
    (MC, 12/31/01)

871        Jan 4, Ethelred of Wessex was defeated by Danish forces at Reading.
    (PCh, 1992, p.72)

871        Jan 8, Ethelred of Wessex defeated the Danish forces at Ashdown.
    (PCh, 1992, p.72)

871        Mar 2, Battle at Marton: Ethelred van Wessex (d.871) beat the Danish invasion army. Ethelred died in April and his brother Alfred (22) took over. Alfred became Alfred the Great and ruled until 899.
    (PCh, 1992, p.72)(SC, 3/2/02)

878        King Alfred faced the invading Danes. In 1911 G.K. Chesterton authored the historical novel “The Ballad of the White Horse" set in England during this time.
    (SSFC, 4/22/07, p.P10)

c958        Harald Gormsson (d.c986), aka Harald Bluetooth or Harald Blatand, 10th-century king of Denmark, was born about this time.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harald_Bluetooth)(AM, 11/00, p.21)

959        The Viking (Danish) ruler Gorm the Old, the father of Harald Bluetooth, died.
    (AM, 11/00, p.21)

960        Denmark's King Harald Bluetooth was baptized.
    (Econ, 6/28/03, p.55)

974        The army of Denmark's King Harald Gormsson, aka Harald Bluetooth or Harald Blatand, lost to the Germans at the Danevirke.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harald_Bluetooth)(AM, 11/00, p.21)

979-1016    Aethelred II, the Unrede (Unready), ruled over England. He attempted to buy peace from Scandinavian invaders and called for England’s 1st general tax, the Danegeld. Some 140,000 pounds of silver was paid in tribute.
    (WSJ, 5/24/01, p.A20)

c986        Denmark's King Harald Gormsson (b.c958), aka Harald Bluetooth or Harald Blatand, died about this time. He attributed to himself the unification of Denmark and the Christianization of the Danes. He also conquered Norway and raided Normandy. In 974 he was defeated by German emperor Otto II.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harald_Bluetooth)(AM, 11/00, p.21)

991        Aug 11, Danes under Olaf Tryggvason killed Ealdorman Brihtnoth and defeated the Saxons at Maldon.
    (HN, 8/10/98)

1002        Nov 13, English king Ethelred II launched a massacre of Danish settlers.

1014        Feb 3, Sweyn Forkbeard (b.960), Danish-born Viking king of England (1013-14), died.

1014        Apr 23, The Battle of Contarf ended Danish rule in Ireland but a Dane killed Irish King Brian Boru (87).
    (PCh, 1992, p.80)(MC, 4/23/02)

1016        Oct 18, Danes defeated the Saxons at Battle of Assandun (Ashingdon).
    (MC, 10/18/01)

1016-1035    Canute the Great of Denmark became King of England.
    (AHD, 1971, p.198)

1018-1035    Canute the Great became King of Denmark as well as King of England.
    (AHD, 1971, p.198)

1035        Nov 12, Cnut the Great (b.c995), King of Denmark, England and Norway, died in England. The area of his rule is often referred to as the North Sea Empire. As a Danish prince, Cnut (Canute) won the throne of England in 1016 in the wake of centuries of Viking activity in northwestern Europe. Scotland submitted to him in 1017. His later accession to the Danish throne in 1018 brought the crowns of England and Denmark together.

1047        Oct 25, Magnus I Godhi, king of Norway and Denmark (1035-47), died.
    (MC, 10/25/01)

1076AD    The Danish King Svein Estrithson died.
    (DrEE, 1/4/97, p.3)

1086        Jul 10, Knut IV, the Saint, king of Denmark (1080-86), was murdered.
    (MC, 7/10/02)

1200-1300    The Danes built a castle at Narva, Estonia.
    (WSJ, 1/25/99, p.A1)

1361        Jul 27, The Battle of Wisby (Visby) was fought near the town of Visby on the Swedish island of Gotland, between the forces of the Danish king and the Gotland peasants. The Danish force was victorious.
    (Econ, 12/18/10, p.111)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Visby)

1375-1412    Queen Margaret I (b.1353) ruled over Denmark. In 1388 her rule extended over Norway and in 1389 extended to include Sweden.

1375-1412    Queen Margaret I (b.1353) ruled over Denmark. In 1388 her rule extended over Norway and in 1389 extended to include Sweden.

1380        Iceland fell under Danish control.
    (HNQ, 4/28/00)

1397        Jun 17, The Union of Kalmar united Denmark, Sweden, and Norway under one monarch. The alliance grew out of the dynastic ties of the Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Norway and Sweden in response to rising German influence in the Baltic. The Kalmar Union is a historiographical term meaning a series of personal unions (1397–1523) that united the three kingdoms of Denmark, Norway (with Iceland, Greenland, the Faroe Islands and, prior to their annexation by Scotland in 1471, Shetland and Orkney), and Sweden (including Finland) under a single monarch.

1494        Feb 20, Johan Friis (d.1570), chancellor of Denmark (1532-1570), was born in Sweden. He helped formed Lutheranism.

1513        Christian II became King of Denmark and Norway. He later asserted his right to the Swedish throne by force of arms.
    (TL-MB, p.10)

1520        Nov 4, Danish-Norwegian king Christian II was crowned king of Sweden.
    (MC, 11/4/01)

1523        Christian II was deposed in Denmark after a civil war and was exiled. His uncle became King Frederick I of Denmark and Norway.
    (TL-MB, p.12)
1523        Sweden became independent and dropped out of the Kalmar Union, formed in 1397 with Denmark and Norway.

1524        Denmark confirmed Swedish independence under Gustavus Vasa in the Treaty of Malmo.
    (TL-MB, p.12)

1546        Dec 14, Tycho Brahe (d.1601), astronomer, was born in Knudstrup, Denmark. He constructed the most precise astronomical instruments of his time.
    (SCTS, p.136)(HN, 12/14/00)(MC, 12/14/01)

1559        Denmark began to bury its royals in the Roskilde cathedral.
    (SFC, 8/5/17, p.A2)

1560        Aug 21, Tycho Brahe (1546-1601) became interested in astronomy.
    (SC, 8/21/02)

1560        In Denmark Frederiksborg Castle was built by King Frederick II (1534-1588). It was expanded from 1602-1620 and served as the royal residence for King Christian IV (1577-1648).

1561        Poland-Lithuania gaining control over Livonia. In response Sweden seized the territory of Estonia with the major port of Reval.  Denmark, also invested in the war, seized the Livonian Islands.

1562        Aug, Denmark under Frederick II declared war against Sweden beginning the First Northern War (1563-1570). The war ended with the Treaty of Stettin (1570).

1570        Dec 5, Johan Friis, chancellor of Denmark (b.1532), died. his share of spoliated Church property had made him one of the wealthiest men in Denmark. Under King Frederick II (1559-1588), who understood but little of state affairs, Friis was well-nigh omnipotent. He was largely responsible for the Scandinavian Seven Years' War (1562-1570), which did so much to exacerbate the relations between Denmark and Sweden.

1570        Dec 15, The Peace of Stettin was concluded in Livonia. Denmark recognized the independence of Sweden in the Peace of Stettin. Sweden gave up her claim to Norway.
    (TL-MB, p.22)(http://depts.washington.edu/baltic/papers/livonianwar.htm)

1572        Nov 11, A supernova was observed in constellation known as Cassiopeia. Tycho Brahe, Danish astronomer, discovered a nova in the constellation of Cassiopeia. It is described in detail in his book "De Nova Stella" (1573). The light eventually became as bright as Venus and could be seen for two weeks in broad daylight. After 16 months, it disappeared.
    (www.seds.org/~spider/spider/Vars/sn1572.html)(V.D.-H.K.p.197) (AP, 12/4/08)(Econ, 1/14/17, p.73)

1587        Jan 8, Johannes Fabricius, astronomer who discovered sunspots, was born in Denmark.
    (HN, 1/8/99)(MC, 1/8/02)

1588        Frederick II of Denmark died and was succeeded by his 10 year-old son, Christian IV.
    (TL-MB, p.24)

1588        Tycho Brahe, Danish astronomer, had his financial support cut by a new Danish king and moved to Prague where his student, Johannes Kepler, aided him and to whom he left all his astronomical data.

1602        Denmark imposed a strict trade monopoly and cut off Iceland's products from lucrative markets.
    (SFEC, 9/19/99, p.A18)

1626        Aug 27, The Danes were crushed by the Catholic League in Germany, marking the end of Danish intervention in European wars.
    (HN, 8/27/98)

1644        Sep 25, Olaus Rímer, 1st to accurately measured speed of light, was born in Denmark.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1676        Jun 1, The Swedish ship Svardet, armed with 86 bronze canons and under command of Claes Uggla, went under when Sweden was defeated by a Danish-Dutch fleet in the Battle of Öland. In 2011 Deep Sea Productions said it believed it had found the ship off the island of Oland.
    (AP, 11/16/11)(www.ocean-discovery.org/thesword.htm)

1676        Ole Christensen Romer (Roemer), Danish astronomer, derived a speed of light of 130,000 miles per second based on his observations of Io, the innermost moon of Jupiter.
    (http://inkido.indiana.edu/a100/timeline2.html)(NH, 2/05, p.19)

1679        May 14, Peder [Nielsen] Horrebow, Danish astronomer, was born.
    (MC, 5/14/02)

1684        Dec 3, Ludvig Baron Holberg, founder of Danish & Norwegian literature, was born.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1698        Aug 18, After invading Denmark and capturing Sweden, Charles XII of Sweden forced Frederick IV of Denmark to sign the Peace of Travendal.
    (HN, 8/18/98)

1725        Czar Peter the Great chose Vitus Bering (44), a Danish seaman in the Russian navy, to lead an expedition to discover whether or not Asia was connected to America.
    (ON, 2/06, p.1)

1728        Vitus Bering (47), Danish explorer in the Russian navy, discovered the Bering Strait between Asia and North America.
    (PCh, 1992, p.286)(ON, 2/06, p.1)

1729-1801    The Danish East India Company was chartered to carry on trade in the East Indies.
    (WUD, 1994, p.449)

1732        Apr 17, The 2nd Kamchatka Expedition was announced in the Russian Senate and Vitus Bering was named as captain commander. I.K. Kirilov, chief secretary of the senate, expanded Bering’s mandate to include astronomical and scientific observations, to explore the seas between Siberia and Japan and to establish trade relations with peoples encountered.
    (ON, 2/06, p.1)

1741        Jul 15, George Steller, an observer with Vitus Bering (1680-1741), claimed to see the American mainland (Alaska). Bering, a Danish-born mariner, was on an exploratory mission on behalf of Russia.
    (WSJ, 9/12/00, p.A24)(SFEC, 3/23/97, p.T5)(ON, 2/06, p.2)

1741        Jul 16, Vitus Bering (1680-1741) first sighted Mt. St. Elias, the second highest peak in Alaska at 18,008 feet.
    (AAM, 3/96, p.84)(WUD, 1994 p.140)

1741        Dec 8, Vitus Bering, Danish-born explorer and commander in the Russian navy, died on an island off the Kamchatka Peninsula, later named Bering Island.
    (ON, 2/06, p.4)

1748        The Danish Royal Theater was inaugurated.
    (SFEC, 11/1/98, p.T3)

1750        Germany returned the island of Aero, which measures 22 by 6 miles, to Denmark.
    (SSFC, 7/29/07, p.G3)

1764        Jan 19, Bolle Willum Luxdorph, a Danish diarist, described what is believed to be the first successful parcel bomb.
    (Econ, 11/6/10, p.74)

1768        Johan Friedrich Struensee, a German doctor, was appointed as personal physician to the insane young King Christian VII of Denmark. The doctor became lover to the queen, Caroline Mathilde, the younger sister of George III of England. Struensee was arrested and executed after 2 years.
    (WSJ, 12/7/01, p.W16)

1770        Nov 19, Albert Bertel Thorvaldsen, sculptor (Dying Lion), was born in Copenhagen, Denmark.
    (MC, 11/19/01)

1775        The Danish Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory began operations.
    (SFC, 3/10/99, Z1 p.6)

1777        Aug 14, Hans Christian Oersted, Danish scientist, was born. He discovered electromagnetism.
    (HN, 8/14/00)

1790s        Denmark became the 1st country to abolish slavery.
    (WSJ, 2/26/02, p.A22)

1792        May 16, Denmark abolished slave trade.
    (MC, 5/16/02)

1799        Nov 5, The Danish ship Oldenborg was wrecked on her outward passage by being beached in the roadstead at Cape Town, South Africa, during a north-westerly gale, thus becoming one of the 127 ships that have been lost on this minuscule portion of the South African coast.

1800        The Althing of Iceland was abolished by the Danish king.
    (HNQ, 4/28/00)

1801        Apr 2, The British navy defeated the Danish at the Battle of Copenhagen.
    (AP, 4/2/99)

1803        Denmark became the first country to ban slave trade.
    (WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R25)

1805        Apr 2, Hans Christian Andersen (d.1875), author of 150 fairy tales, was born in Odense, Denmark.
    (CFA, '96, p.44)(HN, 4/2/98)(AP, 4/2/99)

1807        Sep 2, British forces began bombarding Copenhagen for several days, until the Danes agreed to surrender their naval fleet.
    (AP, 9/2/07)

1807        Sep 7, Denmark surrendered to British forces that had bombarded the city of Copenhagen for four days.
    (AP, 9/7/07)

1813        May 5, Soren Kierkegaard (d.1855), Danish philosopher and theologian, was born. He founded Existentialism and believed that man's relation to God must be an agonizing experience. “Truth is not introduced into the individual from without, but was within him all the time." His books included the philosophical novel “Diary of a Seducer."
    (WUD, 1994, p.786)(AP, 10/23/97)(SFC, 9/4/98, p.C5)(HN, 5/5/99)

1814        Jan 14, The Treaty of Kiel or Peace of Kiel was concluded between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the Kingdom of Sweden on one side and the Kingdoms of Denmark and Norway on the other side in Kiel. It ended the hostilities between the parties in the ongoing Napoleonic Wars, where the United Kingdom and Sweden were part of the anti-French camp (the Sixth Coalition) while Denmark-Norway was allied to Napoleon Bonaparte.

1814        May 17, Norway's constitution was signed, providing for a limited monarchy. Denmark ceded Norway to Sweden.
    (AP, 5/17/97)(HN, 5/17/98)

1814        The union between the crowns of Denmark and Norway was dissolved. The Treaty of Kiel severed Norway's former colonies and left them under the control of the Danish monarch. Greenland became a Danish colony, and a part of the Danish Realm in 1953 under the Constitution of Denmark.

1828        The Danish government decreed that all persons should have a surname which was inherited from the preceding generation.
    (http://share-hodgson.org/patronym.html)(NYT, 10/8/04, p.A4)

1829        Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) published his first literary work: “A Walking Tour from Holmen’s Canal to the Eastern Point of Amager."
    (ON, 7/06, p.7)

1830        August Bournonville (1805-1879) founded the Danish ballet tradition, the world's oldest living ballet heritage. At the age of 25 he became principal dancer and artistic director for the Royal Danish Ballet and continued to work there for 47 years.

1835        Apr, Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) published novel “Improvisatore," an alternative version of his own life based on his travel experiences in Italy.
    (ON, 7/06, p.7)

1843        Aug 15, The Tivoli Gardens opened in Copenhagen.
    (SFEC, 2/20/00, p.T8)(MC, 8/15/02)

1844        Nov 23, Duchies of Schleswig and Holstein were declared independent from Denmark.
    (AP, 11/23/02)

1847        Carlsberg began beer production in Denmark.
    (WSJ, 10/7/03, p.B1)

1848        Mar 24, The First Schleswig War began. It was the first round of military conflict in southern Denmark and northern Germany rooted in the Schleswig-Holstein Question and contested the issue of who should control the Duchies of Schleswig and Holstein. The 3-year war lasted from 1848–1851.

1848        Jul 3, Gen. Peter Von Scholten, faced with the likely destruction of towns and plantations by a slave revolt, declared the slaves of the Danish West Indies (later US Virgin Islands) to be freed.
    (SSFC, 7/5/09, p.A3)

1849        May 3, Jacob Riis (d.1914), American reporter and reformer (How the Other Half Lives), was born in Denmark.
    (HN, 5/3/01)(www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAriis.htm)

1852        May 8, A war between Denmark and Prussia lasted three years (1848–50) and ended only when the Great Powers pressured Prussia into accepting the London Protocol of 1852. This was the revision of an earlier protocol, which had been ratified on August 2, 1850, by the major Germanic powers of Austria and Prussia. The 1852 London Protocol confirmed that the duchies of Schleswig-Holstein should remain undivided.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Protocol)(Econ, 6/23/12, p.20)

1855        Nov 11, Soren A. Kierkegaard (b.1813), Danish philosopher and theologian, died. In 2005 Joakim Garff authored “Søren A. Kierkegaard: A Biography."
    (www.connect.net/ron/kierkegaard.html)(WSJ, 2/3/05, p.D8)

1857        Jun 2, Karl Gjellerup, poet, novelist (Nobel 1917), was born in Denmark.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1859        Hans Christian Anderson gave his story "The Philosopher's Stone" to a family during his trip to the Jutland region. The 13-page script was sold at auction in 1999 for $75,400.
    (SFC, 4/16/99, p.C8)

1864        May 9, Austria and Denmark held a ship battle at Helgoland.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1864        Prussia and Austria snatched Schleswig-Holstein from Denmark. The border was redrawn by plebiscite in 1920. After 1945 Germany and Denmark agreed to recognize the rights of minorities on both sides.
    (Econ, 6/2/12, p.66)

1865        May 21, C.J. Thomsen, archaeologist who named the Stone, Iron and Bronze Ages, was born in Denmark.
    (MC, 5/21/02)

1865        Jun 9, Carl Nielsen, Danish composer, was born.
    (HN, 6/9/01)

1866        Denmark passed a law against blasphemy.
    (SFC, 2/24/17, p.A2)

1867        Denmark reached a deal to transfer Saint Thomas and Saint John (part of the Virgin Islands) to the United States to the US for $7.5 million, but a hurricane, earthquake, tsunami and fire, as well as domestic and int’l. political conflicts delayed the transfer for 50 years.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Virgin_Islands)(SSFC, 3/27/11, p.M3)

1868        Oct 16, Denmark ended its involvement in India by selling the rights to the Nicobar Islands to the British.
    (SFC, 11/3/11, p.A2)

1871        In Denmark the Jutland-based Jyllands-Posten newspaper was founded.
    (AP, 2/8/06)

1872        Aug 3, Haakon VII, King of Norway, was born in Charlottenlund, Denmark.
    (SC, 8/3/02)

1878        Mary Thomas, a plantation slave, led an uprising on St. Croix, a colony of Denmark.
    (SFC, 4/5/18, p.A2)

1884        In Denmark the Alexander Nevski church was built in Copenhagen on a request by Czarina Maria Feodorovna, the Danish-born mother of Nicholas II.
    (AP, 1/20/10)
1884        In Denmark the Politiken newspaper was founded.
    (AP, 1/6/19)

1875        Aug 4, Hans Christian Andersen (b.1805), Danish fairy tale writer, died. Over his life he wrote 156 fairy tales as well as numerous novels and travel books. His biography was later written by Elias Bredsdorff (d.2002 at 90).
    (SFC, 8/23/02, p.A27)(ON, 7/06, p.8)

1885        Apr 17, Karen Blixen-Finecke (Isak Dinesen, d.1962), Danish writer (Out of Africa), was born. “God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road."
    (AP, 9/15/00)(HN, 4/17/01)(MC, 4/17/02)

1885        Oct 7, Nils Bohr, Danish physicist who won the 1992 Nobel Prize for physics and later worked on the first atom bomb, was born.
    (HN, 10/7/98)(MC, 10/7/01)

1889        May 29, August Strindberg's "Hemsoborna" premiered in Copenhagen.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1890        Mar 20, Lauritz Melchior, baritone, tenor (Met Opera), was born in Copenhagen, Denmark.
    (MC, 3/20/02)

1899        Mar 11, Frederick IX, King of Denmark, was born.
    (HN, 3/11/98)

1902        Apr 18, Denmark became the 1st country to adopt fingerprinting to identify criminals.
    (MC, 4/18/02)

1904        A new Danish law forced the people to stick with the names they had, as opposed to the previous system where people where named after their fathers first name.
    (WSJ, 3/17/98, p.A1)

1904        Denmark and Sweden issued the first Christmas seals to raise money to fight tuberculosis.
    (SFEC, 12/13/98, Z1 p.10)

1905        Nov 18, The Norwegian Parliament elected Prince Charles of Denmark to be the next King of Norway. Prince Charles took the name Haakon VII.
    (HN, 11/18/98)

1909        Jan 3, Victor Borge (d.2000 at 91), musical humorist, was born as Borge Rosenbaum in Copenhagen. In 1953 he opened his “Comedy in Music" at the Golden Theater on Broadway and played for 849 performances .
    (SSFC, 12/24/00, p.B5)(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)

1909        Wilhelm Johanssen (Johannsen), Danish botanist, coined the word "gene" to describe whatever it was that Austrian botanist Gregor Mendel (1822-1884) had found in his studies of inherited traits.
    (NH, 6/01, p.30)(Econ, 8/8/15, p.71)

1911        Mar 24, Penal code reform abolished corporal punishment in Denmark.
    (HN, 3/24/98)

1913        The bronze statue of the Little Mermaid, a character from a Hans Christian Anderson story, was installed in the Copenhagen harbor. It was commissioned by Carl Jacobsen, founder of the Carlsberg Beer Co., and created by Edvard Eriksen. [see 1964]
    (SFC,11/5/97, p.C2)

1914        A wooden roller coaster was added to the Tivoli Gardens, Denmark.
    (SFEC, 2/20/00, p.T8)

1914-1931    Karen Blixen, Danish author, lived on a farm near Nairobi, Kenya. Her lover was Denys Finch-Hatton. She wrote under the name Isak Dinesen. The two were featured in the 1985 film “Out of Africa" that starred Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. The country was then called British East Africa.
    (SFC, 6/17/98, p.E1)(SFEC, 7/26/98, p.T10)

1916        Feb 13, Vilhelm Hammershoi (b.1864), Danish painter, died. He is most celebrated for his interiors, many of which he painted at his residence in Copenhagen.
    (Econ, 7/5/08, p.94)

1916        May 31, During World War I, British and German fleets fought the Battle of Skagerrak at Jutland off Denmark and 10,000 were left dead. There was no clear-cut victor, although the British suffered heavier losses.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Jutland)(AP, 5/31/06)

1916        Aug 4, The United States purchased the Danish Virgin Islands for $25 million. [see 1917]
    (AP, 8/4/97)

1916        Aug 4, The United States signed a treaty to purchase the Danish Virgin Islands for $25 million. The US purchased the southern Virgin Islands including St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix and about 50 other small Caribbean islets and cays from Denmark. They were then known as the Danish West Indies. The Act of March 3, 1917, authorized payment by the US of $25 million for the Virgin Islands.
    (WUD, 1994, p.1595)(AP, 8/4/97)(HNQ, 11/20/99)

1916        Dec 14, People of Denmark voted to sell Danish West Indies to United States for $25 million [see Aug 4]. This included the islands of St. John, St. Thomas and St. Croix.
    (AP, 12/14/02)(Econ, 7/16/16,  World IF p.7)

1917        Jan 17, The United States paid Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.
    (AP, 1/17/07)

1917        Mar 31, The United States took possession of the Virgin Islands. The purchase from Denmark for $25 million had been set up in 1916.
    (AP, 3/30/97)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Virgin_Islands)

1918        Dec 1, Danish parliament passed an act to grant Iceland independence.
    (HFA, ‘96, p.20)(MC, 12/1/01)

1922        Jun 19, Aage Nills Bohr, physicist, study atomic nucleus (Nobel 1975), was born in Denmark.
    (MC, 6/19/02)

1922        Otto Jesperson (1860-1943), Danish linguist, authored “Language: Its Nature, Development and Origins." “Men sang out their feelings long before they were able to speak their thoughts. But of course we must not imagine that "singing" means exactly the same thing here as in a modern concert hall. When we say that speech originated in song, what we mean is merely that our comparatively monotonous spoken language and our highly developed vocal music are differentiations of primitive utterances, which had more in them of the latter than of the former. These utterances were, at first, like the singing of birds and the roaring of many animals and the crooning of babies, exclamative, not communicative--that is, they came forth from an inner craving of the individual without any thought of any fellow-creatures. Our remote ancestors had not the slightest notion that such a thing as communicating ideas and feelings to someone else was possible."
1922        Danish physicist Niels Bohr won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his services in the investigation of the structure of atoms and of the radiation emanating from them.

1924        Jul 10, Denmark took Greenland as Norway ended its claim.
    (MC, 7/10/02)

1926        The bumper car rides opened at the Tivoli Gardens, Denmark.
    (SFEC, 2/20/00, p.T8)

1928        The silent film classic "Passion of Joan of Arc" was directed by Carl Theodore Dreyer of Denmark. It later led to a 70 minute oratorio for solo singers, chorus, and chamber orchestra by Richard Einhorn.
    (SFC, 10/11/96, p.C6)(WSJ, 10/8/98, p.W5)

1928        In Denmark Palle Huld (d.2010) won a competition organized by Danish newspaper that wanted to send a teenager would-be-reporter around the globe. For 44 days the 15-year-old traveled to North America, Japan, Siberia and Germany, and was greeted by 20,000 people upon his return to Copenhagen. Herge, the pen name of Belgian author Georges Remi, heard of Huld's journey which reportedly inspired him to create Tintin, the globe-trotting reporter.
    (AP, 12/5/10)

1928        Maria Feodorovna (b.1847), the daughter of Denmark's King Christian IX and Queen Louise, died in Denmark. Princess Dagmar had married Russia’s Czar Alexander II and their six children included Nicholas II, who became czar in 1894. She fled St. Petersburg in 1917. Her casket rested alongside Danish kings and queens until 2006 when it was sent to Russia.
    (AP, 9/23/06)

1931        Jul, Norway occupied then-uninhabited eastern Greenland as Erik the Red's Land, claiming that it constituted terra nullius. Norway and Denmark agreed to submit the matter in 1933 to the Permanent Court of International Justice, which decided against Norway.

1931        Einar Weigener, a Danish painter, had his sex altered in the first surgical procedure of its kind.
    (SFEC, 2/27/00, BR p.5)

1932        Apr, In Denmark 6 of the world’s leading quantum physicists gathered at Niels Bohr’s Institute for Theoretical Physics to discuss the latest developments in the field. In 2007 Gino Segre authored “Faust in Copenhagen: A Struggle for the Soul of Physics." The book is organized around a short comedy performed at the end of the meeting.
    (SSFC, 6/24/07, p.M3)(Econ, 7/14/07, p.87)

1932        Denmark’s LEGO Group was founded by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, a carpenter. The name came from the Danish words leg godt (play well). Christiansen and his grandson perfected toy bricks made of wood and later shifted to plastic. Lego produced its first interlocking bricks in 1949.
    (www.lego.com/en-us/aboutus/lego-group)(Econ, 4/28/12, p.76)(Econ, 3/8/14, p.71)(Econ, 1/16/16, p.46)

1933        Denmark legalized gay sex, but it took nearly eight decades before gay people could marry.
    (Econ., 11/21/20, p.48)

1935        Mar 16, Aron Nimzowitsch (b.1886), a Latvian-born Danish chess player, died. In 1925 he authored “My System," which he described as a chess manual based on entirely new principles.
    (WSJ, 3/22/08, p.W10)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aron_Nimzowitsch)

1935-1970    Denmark gave sex offenders a choice between prison or surgical castration. The practice was banned due to criticism that it was inhumane and irreversible.
    (SFC, 8/31/96, p.A12)

1938        Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen) wrote her novel: “Out of Africa."
    (SFEC, 11/3/96, BR p.5)
1938        Denmark’s K.B. Hallen sports arena in the Copenhagen opened. It was destroyed by fire in 2011.
    (AP, 9/28/11)

1940        Apr 9, The Nazi army invaded and occupied Denmark and Norway. German forces landed along the Norwegian coast and made a paratrooper assault on Oslo and Stavanger. More than 300,000 German soldiers occupied neutral Norway. After the Nazi invasion most of Denmark’s police were killed.
    (WSJ, 4/29/96, p.C-1)(SFEC, 1/26/97, p.A14)(AP, 4/9/97)(ON, 11/05, p.3)(AFP, 10/17/18)

1940        The US opened a consulate in Greenland folowing the Nazi occupation of Denmark. It closed in 1953. In 2019 the Trump administration planned to re-open its Greenland consulate.
    (SSFC, 8/25/19, p.A8)
1940         The term "genetic engineering" was coined in Poland, by Danish microbiologist A. Jost while giving a lecture on the sex life of yeast at the Technical Institute in Lwow, Poland.

1941        Mar 30, The U.S. seized Italian, German and Danish ships in 16 ports.
    (HN, 3/30/98)

1941        Physicist Neils Bohr met with Werner Heisenberg in Copenhagen. In 2000 the meeting was portrayed in a play by Michael Frayn: “Copenhagen.’
    (WSJ, 4/12/00, p.A24)

1943        Aug 28, Denmark declared a universal strike against Nazi occupiers.
    (MC, 8/28/01)

1943        Aug 29, Responding to a clampdown by Nazi occupiers, Denmark managed to scuttle most of its naval ships.
    (AP, 8/29/97)

1943        Sep 18, Hitler ordered the deportation of Danish Jews (unsuccessful).
    (MC, 9/18/01)

1943        Sep - 1943 Oct, About 7,200 Jews, or 95 percent of Denmark's Jewish population, and some 700 of their non-Jewish relatives managed to escape by crossing the narrow waterway from Gilleleje and other coastal spots to neutral Sweden in a risky rescue mission. About 500 Jews were arrested in Nazi raids and deported to concentration camps.
    (Econ, 7/10/04, p.46)(AP, 10/11/18)

1943        Oct 1, Germans attacked Jews in Denmark.
    (MC, 10/1/01)

1944        May 24, Icelandic voters severed all ties with Denmark.
    (MC, 5/24/02)

1944        Jun 17, Iceland declared full independence from Denmark and became a republic.
    (DrEE, 1/4/97, p.4)(AP, 6/17/97)

1944 - 1945 May, Nazi's kept some 2000 Danish policemen in custody. Most of them in KZ-camps, brought to Neuengamme and from there to places as Buchenwald and Stutthof in Germany. After Danish negotiations with the Germans the Nazi's accepted their status as prisoners of war and 1600 came to the POW-camp at Mühlberg. Around 100 Danish policemen died in the camps.

1945        Mar 21, A British bombing raid was made on Gestapo Headquarters in Denmark to thwart a planned German arrest of the leadership of the banned Freedom Council. A 2nd wave of bombers hit a school by mistake killing 86 students and 13 adults.
    (SFC, 9/23/02, p.B5)

1945        May 4, German forces in the Netherlands, Denmark and northwest Germany agreed to surrender.
    (AP, 5/4/00)

1945        May 5, Netherlands and Denmark were liberated from Nazi control. The Liberation of the Netherlands was completed by the First Canadian Army.
    (HN, 5/5/98)(www.bouwman.com/netherlands/Liberation.html)

1945        May 28, Lord Haw Haw (aka William Joyce), a virulent anti-Semite who broadcast pro-Nazi propaganda from Germany during the war, was shot in the leg in an encounter with two British officers near Flensburg on the Danish border with Germany. He was sentenced to death for treason on 19 September 1945 and hanged on 3 January 1946.

1946        Scandinavian airlines began as a co-operative venture between the airlines of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. In 1951 they merged. Marcus Wallenberg Jr. (1899-1982), tennis champion, sold out of railways to concentrate on airplanes. Wallenberg helped to establish the Scandinavian Airlines System and controlled companies that employed one of every eight working Swedes.
    (www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,925746-2,00.html)(Econ, 10/14/06, p.73)(Econ, 5/19/12, p.74)
1946        Faroe islanders voted narrowly for independence from Denmark. The
Danish government rejected the referendum and dissolved the islands’ parliament.
    (Econ, 8/12/17, p.41)
1946        The US proposed to pay Denmark $100 million to buy Greenland after flirting with the idea of swapping land in Alaska for strategic parts of the Arctic island.
    (AP, 8/16/19)

1947-1972    King Frederik IX ruled with Queen Ingrid.
    (SFC, 11/8/00, p.B7)

1948        The Faroe Islands won  home rule, but Denmark still controlled the currency, foreign affairs and some of the courts.
    (Econ, 8/12/17, p.41)
1948        Axel Axgil (1915-2011), born Axel Lundahl-Madsen, was among the founding members of gay rights group LGBT Danmark.
    (AP, 10/30/11)

1949        Mar 6, Robert Storm Petersen (b.1882), Danish cartoonist, writer, animator, illustrator, painter and humorist, died. He is known almost exclusively by his pen name Storm P.

1949        Apr 4, The (NATO) North Atlantic Treaty Organization pact was signed by the US, Great Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy, Portugal, Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Canada. It provided for mutual defense against aggression and for close military cooperation.
    (www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/official_texts_17120.htm)(TOH, 1982, p.1949)

1949        Oct 28, Eugenie Anderson became the 1st woman US ambassador. She was posted to Denmark.
    (HFA, ‘96, p.40)(MC, 10/28/01)

1950        Denmark founded the Sirius Patrol, a unit of the Danish navy, to patrol Greenland.
    (SFC, 6/15/00, p.C4)

1951        NATO member Denmark allowed the US to build 33 bases and radar stations in Greenland, but the deal did not specify who would be responsible for any cleanup. In 2016 Greenland's local leaders urged Denmark to remove the junk that the Americans left behind. In 2018 Denmark and Greenland signed an agreement for a 6-year cleanup program.
    (AP, 11/26/16)(AP, 1/11/18)

1952        Apr 26, In Denmark the body of a man dating to the 3rd century BC was discovered in peaty swamp near the village of Grauballe, Jutland. Upon excavation it was moved to the Prehistoric Museum in Aarhus, where it underwent research and conservation.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grauballe_Man)(SSFC, 8/10/14, p.L6)

1954        May 1, Legos, founded by Danish carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen, became a registered trademark in Denmark.

1955        The Bonn and Copenhagen declarations spelled out minority rights on the Danish-German borderlands.
    (https://tinyurl.com/y2vfo8j5)(Econ., 8/22/20, p.68)

1957        Denmark banned nuclear weapons from its soil.
    (AP, 10/29/10)

1958        Legos, the toy Lego building block kit with simple red bricks, was introduced with 8-stud bricks that could be combined 24 ways. The company was founded by Danish carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen in 1932. Legos became a registered trademark in 1954. The name was derived from “les godt," Danish for play well.
    (SFC, 1/9/99, p.B8)(Econ, 10/28/06, p.76)

1958        Monkeypox was first described in Denmark when several monkey imports developed lesions. The disease emerged in the Congo in 1970 with sporadic outbreaks over the years, primarily in Central and West Africa. Ten percent of those infected can die, and there is evidence of person-to-person transmission.
    (AP, 11/29/06)

1959        Nov 20, Seven European nations (Austria, Britain, Denmark, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland) signed the Stockholm Convention to form the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). The organization becoming operative on May 3, 1960. After the accession of Denmark, Ireland, and the UK to the EEC in January 1973, the EFTA began to falter. Portugal (1985), followed in 1995 by Austria, Finland and Sweden, left to join the EU. In 2017 Four members remained: Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland.

1960        Aug 26, Knud Jensen (23), Danish cyclist, collapsed while riding in a 100-km team trial at the Olympics in Rome. He fractured his skull and died. An autopsy revealed amphetamines in his blood. His death would led the International Olympic Committee to begin a program of drug testing beginning with the 1968 Games held in Grenoble, France and Mexico City, Mexico.
    (WSJ, 8/7/06, p.B1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knud_Enemark_Jensen)

1961        Jan 4, The Danish barbers' assistants strike ended after 33 yrs. It was the longest strike on record.
    (MC, 1/4/02)

1961        Aug 10, Denmark formally applied for membership in the European Community.

1962        Nov 18, Niels Bohr (77), Danish physicist (atom, Nobel 1922), died.
    (MC, 11/18/01)

1962        In Denmark the Stroget pedestrian shopping mall in old-town Copenhagen was established. This was Europe’s first major pedestrian boulevard.
    (SSFC, 9/13/15, p.M5)

1964        The bronze statue of the Little Mermaid in the Copenhagen harbor was decapitated. In 1997 friends of the late painter Henrik Bruun told newspapers that Bruun was responsible.
    (SFC,11/5/97, p.C2)

1965        Prof. Fredric J. Mosher (d.1999 at 85) of UC Berkeley published "A Guide to Danish Bibliography."
    (SFC, 6/17/99, p.C4)

1966        Danish motorcycle gangs have been around for about 30 years, when local clubs like the Avengers, Heathens, Hogriders, Pirates, and Pagans began forming.
    (WSJ, 5/24/96, p.A-4)

1967        May 11, The United Kingdom re-applied to join the European Community. It is followed by Ireland and Denmark and, a little later, by Norway. General de Gaulle is still reluctant to accept British accession.

1967        Olafur Eliasson, artist, was born in Denmark to Icelandic parents. He later created 121ethiopia.org, a charitable organization to finance orphanages in Ethiopia.
    (Econ, 10/6/07, p.100)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%93lafur_El%C3%ADasson)

1968        Jan 21, An American B-52 bomber carrying four hydrogen bombs crashed at North Star Bay, Greenland, killing one crew member and scattering radioactive material. Reports began to surface later and in 1995 the Danish government paid a $15.5 million settlement to some 1,700 exposed workers.
    (www.ens-newswire.com/ens/aug2004/2004-08-09-02.asp)(AP, 1/21/08)

1968        The original Legoland was built in Billund, Denmark.
    (SFEC, 2/7/99, p.T3)

1968        A Danish geologist published a paper on the Greenland Ice Cap that included melting threats to it. The study used core samples that drilled down to bedrock.
    (WSJ, 6/8/06, p.D8)

1969        Peter V. Glob (1911-1985), Danish archeologist, authored "The Bog People: Iron Age Man Preserved."
    (AM, 7/97, p.62)(www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Peter-Glob)
1969        San Francisco's hardcore pioneer director/producer Alex de Renzy, in his directorial debut with reputed sexologists Phyllis and Eberhard Kronhausen, conducted interviews with uninhibited Danes, along with closeups of every detail of conventional sexual intercourse and depictions of lesbianism, fellatio, and cunnilingus. A 90-minute version screened in San Francisco was later confiscated and the film was banned in a number of states. In the wake of the landmark decision in People v. Alex de Renzy the documentary film “Pornography in Denmark" went into wide release.
    (www.filmsite.org/sexinfilms21.html)(SFC, 7/12/11, p.E1)

1970        Denmark established compulsory sex education in classrooms.
    (Econ, 9/26/15, p.60)

1971        The Roskilde rock festival, inspired by Woodstock, was first held in Denmark.
    (SFC, 7/1/00, p.A12)
1971        Denmark became the first European country to create a Cabinet-level ministry dealing exclusively with the environment.
    (SFC, 12/15/99, p.AA6)
1971        In Denmark the Christiana enclave took root in Copenhagen when dozens of hippies moved into the derelict 18th-century navy fort on 600 acres of state-owned land.
    (AP, 3/16/04)(SSFC, 10/31/04, p.A3)
1971        In Denmark the Jyllands-Posten newspaper declared itself politically independent.
    (AP, 2/8/06)

1972        Jan 14, Denmark’s King Frederik IX (b.1899) died. He was succeeded by Queen Margrethe II (b.1940).
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margrethe_II_of_Denmark)(SFC, 11/8/00, p.B7)

1972        Denmark began extracting oil and gas in the North Sea.
    (SFC, 12/5/20, p.A3)

1973        Jan 1, The European Economic Community (EEC), the forerunner to the EU, admitted Britain, Ireland and Denmark even though they made chocolate containing a small percentage of vegetable fat. Members as required handed away control of trade-deal negotiation. The EEC's common agricultural policy (CAP) extended to the new members.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_European_Union)(WSJ, 12/4/97, p.A22)(Econ, 7/16/16, p.47)(Econ., 11/28/20, p.15)

1973        Sep 1,  In Copenhagen, Denmark, the 74-year-old Hafnia Hotel burned, killing 35.

1973        Oct 20, Queen Elizabeth II opened the Sydney Opera House. It was designed by Danish architect Joern Utzon and cost 102 million Australian dollars, 14 times the original estimate. Utzon left the project in 1966. In 2000 Utzon was named consulting architect and in 2003 was called back to redo the interiors.
    (SFEC, 1/4/98, p.T4)(SFEC, 9/10/00, p.T12)(WSJ, 10/2/03, p.D10)

1973        Denmark instituted a procedure of chemical castration for sex offenders.
    (SFC, 8/31/96, p.A12)

1975        Oct, Aage Nills Bohr (b.1922), Denmark-born physicist, won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his study of the atomic nucleus. Ben Mottelson (b.1926), Danish-American physicist and James Rainwater (1917-1986), American physicist, also shared the prize.

1976        Denmark joined forces with Germany and Sweden to form the Maximator alliance to intercept and decipher messages sent by satellite. Netherlands joined in 1978 and France joined in 1985.
    (Econ., 5/30/20, p.43)

1977        Dec 12, Dr. Grethe Rask (b.1930) from Denmark died of Pneumocystis carinii. She had done research in Africa. Her symptoms had been manifesting in Dec 1976 and she was hospitalized in Africa. In November 1977 after a brief recovery, she decided it was time to go home to die. A colleague saw the wasting, and did an autopsy, where P. carinii was found. She is believed to be one of the first documented cases of probable AIDS infection.

1979        May 1, Denmark gave home rule to Greenland, but continued to make key decisions on law and order. The legislative basis for the Home Rule Administration is Act no 56 of 21 February 1979 which came into force on 1 May 1979 following a referendum in Greenland.
    (WSJ, 1/13/04, p.A4)(www.gh.gl/uk/govern/organiza.htm)

1982        Feb 23, In a consultative referendum, Greenland, which became a member of the European Community as part of Denmark, opted for withdrawal from the Community.

1982        Denmark’s monetary policy was tied to the German mark.
    (WSJ, 2/6/98, p.A1)

1982        The Stichting Ingka Foundation, a Dutch-registered, tax-exempt, non-profit legal entity, was given the shares of Ingvar Kamprad (b.1926), the Swedish founder of IKEA. In 2006 Ingka Holding, a private Dutch-registered company, was the parent of 207 of 235 worldwide IKEA companies, and it belonged to the Stichting Ingka Foundation.
    (Econ, 5/13/06, p.69)(SFC, 4/6/04, p.C3)

1985        A bombing in Copenhagen killed one person and injured 16. Mohammed Abu Talb was arrested in Sweden in1989 for the bombing.
    (SFC, 11/25/99, p.A14)

1985        P.V. Glob (b.1911), Danish archeologist, died. His books included “The Bog People: Iron-Age Man Preserved" (1964).

1986        The Hell’s Angels began renting a building in Copenhagen from the city.
    (SFEC, 8/11/96, p.A13)

1987        Denmark recognized Copenhagen’s Christiana enclave, founded in 1971, as a social experiment. In 1991 the government gave residents the right to use the land. In 2006 the government proposed a plan to regularize housing in the enclave.
    (SSFC, 10/22/06, p.G3)

1987        Denmark passed a law that effectively barred the construction of collective facilities.
    (Econ., 1/23/21, p.25)

1989        May 26, Danish parliament allowed legal marriage among homosexuals.

1989        Oct 1, In Copenhagen, Denmark, 11 homosexual couples were married. It was the first time any country allowed such marriages.
    (SFC, 5/26/96, Z1 p.6)(SFC, 12/12/98, p.B3)

1990        Apr 7, An arson fire aboard a ferry enroute from Norway to Denmark killed 159 people.
    (AP, 4/7/00)(AP, 1/14/12)

1991        Feb 14, Denmark issued a postage stamp series depicting Queen Margrethe II.

1991        Feb 20, President Bush and Queen Margarethe II of Denmark spoke in a ceremony marking the arrival of the Queen and her husband in the United States. President Bush spoke on the price of freedom and the sharing of values between Denmark and the United States since World War II and including the Persian Gulf war.

1991        Mar 14, Denmark issued a postage stamp depicting its 1882 Class A steam locomotive.

1991        May 2, Denmark issued a pair of stamps depicting satellite pictures of its land and water temperatures.

1991        Aug 10, Metallica staged a concert in Copenhagen.

1991         Denmark's Vindeby Offshore Wind Farm, the world’s first offshore wind farm, was built and remained in operation for 25 years. The site's 11 turbines were dismantled in 2017.
1991        The population of Denmark was about 5.154 million.

1992        Mar 5, In Copenhagen the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden, in the presence of the representative from the European Commission, opened a 2-day meeting and decided to establish a Council of the Baltic Sea States to serve as a forum for guidance and overall coordination among the participating states. Iceland joined the CBSS in 1995
    (Econ, 6/7/08, p.63)(www.bmwi.de/English/Navigation/European-policy/baltic-market.html)

1992        Jun 2, Danish voters rejected the Maastricht union treaty.
    (AP, 6/2/97)

1993        May 18, Voters in Denmark ratified the European Community's Maastricht Treaty on closer economic and political union.
    (AP, 5/18/98)(SC, 5/18/02)

1993        Jun, EU membership criteria were laid down at the European Council in Copenhagen, Denmark. Under the “Copenhagen criteria" would-be EU members were required to show that they meet the political and institutional standards of membership.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copenhagen_criteria)(Econ, 12/2/06, p.55)

1993        The Danish chapter of the Bandidos motorcycle gang started out as the 666 club, changed its name to the Morticians, then the Undertakers, and then affiliated in 1993 with the Texas-based Bandidos.
    (WSJ, 5/24/96, p.A-4)

1994-1997    A Danish nurse and doctor killed 22 nursing-home residents with injections. They were charged in 1997 for the killings and the nurse was also charged with embezzlement.
    (SFC,10/22/97, p.1)

1995        Lars Von Trier, a Danish film director, launched the Dogma 95 concept of minimalist rules to return the focus of filmmaking to story and plot. The rules forbade sound editing and any equipment beyond handheld cameras.
    (SFC, 8/10/02, p.D4)

1995        Danish Foreign Minister Niels Helveg Petersen told reporters that no nuclear weapons were deployed in Greenland. 2 weeks later US Sec. of Defense William Perry wrote in a confidential letter that warheads and surface to air missiles had been stored at the Thule air base without Greenland’s knowledge. The crisis became known as "Thulegate" in Denmark.
    (SFC, 11/3/01, p.C3)

1995        Denmark’s population was about 5 million
    (SFC, 5/9/97, p.A4)

1996        Mar 10, Bandido motorcycle gang leader Uffe Larson was shot to death in Copenhagen.
    (SFEC, 8/11/96, p.A13)

1996        Apr 18, Piet Hein (80), Danish architect, poet, mathematician, inventor, died.

1996        May, It was reported that Danish motorcycle gangs, engaged in a 2-year feud, had left 4 people slain and 20 wounded in a rivalry between the local chapters and supporters of Hells Angels and the Bandidos.
    (SFC, 5/22/96, p.A11)

1996        Jul 7, The average cost of a Big Mac in Denmark was $4.40.
    (SFC, 7/7/96, Parade, p.17)

1996        Jul 21, Thirteen pounds of explosives were hurled at the Hell’s Angel’s headquarters in Copenhagen. Their compound consists of 5 buildings surrounded by a 10-foot fence.
    (SFEC, 8/11/96, p.A13)
1996        Jul 21, Danish cyclist Bjarne Riis won the Tour de France. In 2007 he admitted to using performance enhancing drugs to win the race.
    (WSJ, 5/26/07, p.A1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1996_Tour_de_France)

1996        Aug 3, In Denmark a Gulfstream jet crashed and killed Copenhagen’s top military officer and 8 others as it approached a Faroe Islands airstrip.
    (WSJ, 8/5/96, p.A1)

1996        Oct 6, An explosion at the Copenhagen headquarters of the Hells Angels killed 2 and injured 16.
    (SFEC, 10/6/96, A9)

1996        Nov 20, The Danish film “Breaking the Waves" by Lars von Trier opened in SF. His other films include “Zentropa" and “The Kingdom."
    (SFC, 11/20/96, p.E3)

1996        A Danish government admitted in a report that the United States had stored nuclear weapons in Greenland during the Cold War, although Denmark had banned nuclear weapons from its soil in 1957.
    (AP, 10/29/10)

1997        Jun 9, Danish violinist Nikolai Znaider won the Queen Elizabeth int’l. music prize.
    (SFC, 6/10/97, p.D4)

1997        Jul 12, In Copenhagen, the last stop of an eight-day European tour, President Clinton said political divisions in Europe were closing.
    (AP, 7/12/98)

1997        Jul 31, Denmark was named the least corrupt country in the world by business people in a report released by the German-based Transparency Int’l.
    (SFC, 8/1/97, p.B3)

1997        Denmark staged a contest  to crown one of its islands as a “renewable energy" island. Samsoe Island’s entry, led by engineer Aage Johnson, won the contest.
    (WSJ, 2/9/06, p.A11)

1998        Jan 5, The bronze head of the Little Mermaid was again sawed off in Copenhagen harbor.
    (SFC, 1/7/98, p.A9)(MC, 1/5/02)

1998        Jan 9, The decapitated head of Danish Little Mermaid was returned.
    (MC, 1/9/02)

1998        Feb 1, The head of the Little Mermaid reattached in Copenhagen.
    (SFC, 2/3/98, p.A7)

1998        Apr 27, Some 550,000 Danish workers walked of their jobs after unions turned down a compromise contract. The unions called for a 6th week of paid vacation.
    (SFC, 4/30/98, p.A10)

1998        May 6, The Danish government intervened to end a ten day strike by 500,000 workers. It was planned to make strikes illegal until March, 2000, and offered 2 extra vacation days and an additional 3 days of family leave for working parents with children under 14.
    (WSJ, 5/7/98, p.A16)

1998        May 21, Jack Lynd (71), San Francisco cab driver, news writer, jazz aficionado (Café Babar), died of cancer in Denmark. His work included the book “Leo’s Place."
    (CB, 5/31/98)

1998        The Danish film "The Kingdom II" was the 2nd of a series by director Lars von Trier. It starred Ernst-Hugo Jaregard and Kristen Riolffes. It was about some bizarre and horrifying occurrences at a city hospital in Copenhagen
    (SFC, 5/25/98, p.E3)

1999        Mar 5, Denmark's parliament voted 81-27 to legalize prostitution, effective Jul 1.
    (SFC, 3/6/99, p.A14)

1999        May 30, Kirsten Ralov (77), one of the Denmark's greatest ballerinas, died in Copenhagen of cancer.
    (SFC, 6/5/99, p.A22)

1999        The new Royal Library in Copenhagen opened with the nickname "The Black Diamond." It included a 600-seat concert hall.
    (SFEC, 2/20/00, p.T8)

1999        The Danish film "Pusher" starred Kim Bodnia and was written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. It was the portrait of a small-time drug dealer in Copenhagen.
    (SFC, 11/1/99, p.E3)

2000        Mar 17, Denmark informed the 18 Faeroe Islands that they would have to give up subsidies in 4 years if they wanted independence.
    (SFC, 3/18/00, p.C1)

2000        Jul 1, The Oeresund Fixed Link (Oresund Bridge), the centerpiece of a $3.5 billion, 10-mile rail, motorway, bridge and tunnel project between Copenhagen and southern Sweden was scheduled for completion. Danish Queen Margrethe II met with Swedish King Carl Gustaf XVI on the artificial isle of Peberholm, half way across.
    (WSJ, 5/26/00, p.A20)(SFEC, 6/25/00, p.T3)

2000        Jun 30, In Denmark at least 8 people were crushed to death at the Roskilde rock festival during a Pearl Jam concert.
    (SFC, 7/1/00, p.A12)

2000        Sep 28, Danes voted 53-47% not to join the European Monetary Union.
    (SFC, 9/28/00, p.A12)(SFC, 9/29/00, p.A18)

2000        Nov 7, Denmark’s Queen Mother Ingrid (90) died. She was born Ingrid Victoria Sofie Louise Margaretha at the royal castle in Stockholm as the daughter of King Gustaf VI Adolf.
    (SFC, 11/8/00, p.B7)

2000        Dec, Denmark’s Middelgrunden Wind Farm offshore wind power facility was completed. The 20 turbines generated power for 32,000 households.
    (SFC, 4/23/01, p.A1)

2000        Denmark exported $191 million worth of pork to the US. Ribs accounted for $100 million.
    (WSJ, 3/19/00, p.A1)

2000        Genmab, a biotech company based in Denmark, went public with Dr. Lisa Drakeman of the US as CEO. Drakeman, with a doctorate in the history of religion, had gained biotech experience in Medarex, a firm created by her husband. In 2006 GlaxoSmithKline paid $357 million for a 10% stake in the company.
    (Econ, 6/14/08, p.84)

2001        Mar 29, An oil tanker collided with a freighter in the Baltic Sea and some 550,000 gallons of oil were spilled and drifted toward Denmark.
    (SFC, 3/30/01, p.D4)

2001        Nov 20, The Liberal (Venstre) Party under Anders Fogh Rasmussen (1953) won elections in Denmark. It formed a minority government with the Conservative People’s Party.

2001        KaZaA, an internet file-sharing program, was founded in Amsterdam by Niklas Zennstrom of Sweden and Janus Friis of Denmark. In 2003 they launched Skype software for internet telephony.
    (Econ, 7/3/04, p.54)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skype)
2001        Braathens, a Norwegian airline, was taken over by the SAS Group, partly owned by the governments of Sweden, Denmark and Norway. It merged with SAS in 2004.
    (Econ, 4/27/13, p.61)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Braathens)

2002        Mar 3, Denmark generated 13% of its electricity from wind and planned to raise the figure to 50% by 2030.
    (SSFC, 3/3/02, p.A3)

2002        Mar 6, In Kabul, Afghanistan, 3 Danish and 2 German peacekeeping soldiers were killed while defusing a soviet era missile.
    (WSJ, 3/7/02, p.A1)

2002        May 31, Denmark’s Parliament voted to stiffen rules on immigration.
    (SFC, 6/1/02, p.A9)

2002        Jul 6, Asian and European finance ministers meeting in Copenhagen were presented a study that called for the creation of a currency basket system and ultimately a single Asian currency. The study was part of the Kobe Research Project, an initiative launched by ASEM in 2001.
    (Reuters, 7/7/02)(http://tinyurl.com/79d6f)

2002        Sep 24, The Danish government announced that the US will return to Denmark a section of the U.S. air base at Thule in northern Greenland that was created in 1953.
    (AP, 9/24/02)

2002        Oct 30, Danish police arrested Akhmed Zakayev (43), a top aide to Aslan Maskhadov, former Chechen president.
    (SFC, 10/31/02, p.A31)

2003        Mar 17, In Soro, Denmark, Nizar Al-Khazraji (65), former Iraqi general, disappeared.
    (WSJ, 4/9/03, p.A1)(SFC, 4/16/03, p.A11)

2003        Jun 2, In Denmark Thorkild Grosboel, a Lutheran minister, was suspended for saying that God doesn't exist and there is no eternal life. Lutheran pastors in Denmark are employed by the state and bishops cannot fire them.
    (AP, 6/3/03)(Econ, 6/28/03, p.55)

2003        Aug 7, Denmark's unemployment rate rose in June to 6.2 percent, the highest level in almost five years.
    (AP, 8/7/03)

2003        Sep 23, A power outage struck the capital of Denmark and southern Sweden, leaving nearly 4 million people without electricity.
    (AP, 9/23/03)

2003        Oct, Denmark cut taxes on spirits by 45%.
    (Econ, 11/15/03, p.49)

2003        Dec 16, A fire broke out at Denmark's North Sea Museum, destroying much of the building housing Europe's largest aquarium.
    (AP, 12/17/03)

2003        Denmark became the first country in the world to introduce restrictions on the use of industrially produced trans fatty acids. Oils and fats were forbidden on the Danish market if they contain trans fatty acids exceeding 2%.
2003        Denmark, population 5.4 million, stood as the world's biggest exporter of pork as some 13,000 farmers raised 24 million pigs.
    (Econ, 8/9/03, p.44)

2004        Jan 4, In Denmark residents who openly bought and sold hashish at a famous hippie enclave in Copenhagen abruptly demolished their booths, trying to head off a Danish government crackdown on illegal drug sales.
    (AP, 1/4/04)

2004        Jan 11, Danish and Icelandic troops reported a cache of 36 shells buried in the Iraqi desert, and preliminary tests showed they contained a liquid blister agent. The 120mm mortar shells are thought to be left over from the eight-year war between Iraq and neighboring Iran, which ended in 1988.
    (AP, 1/11/04)

2004        Feb 24, The 1st charges were filed against 2 detainees in Guantanamo. Slimane Hadj Abderrahmane, a Danish citizen, was released from Guantanamo after being held for 747 days. In 2007 he was arrested in Denmark on suspicion of withdrawing $18,900 from other people's accounts using stolen debit cards and PIN codes.
    (WSJ, 2/25/04, p.A1)(AP, 8/17/07)

2004        Mar 16, In Denmark police raided Copenhagen's famed hippie enclave of Christiania, detaining 53 people in a major crackdown on the open sale of hashish. The enclave took root in 1971 when dozens of hippies moved into the derelict 18th-century fort on state-owned land.
    (AP, 3/16/04)

2004        Apr 11, Henrik Frandsen, a 35-year-old plumber from Copenhagen, was reported missing in Iraq. Iraqi police found his body the next day.
    (AP, 4/21/04)

2004        Apr, Bjorn Lomborg (b.1965), Danish environmentalist, was named one of the 100 globally most influential people by Time magazine. In May he organized the Copenhagen Consensus, a list of priorities to make the world a better place. In 2006 he authored “Global Crises, Global Solutions."
    (Econ, 6/24/06, p.38)(www.lomborg.com/biograph.htm)

2004        May 14, In Copenhagen, Denmark, Australian Mary Donaldson married Danish Crown Prince Frederik, becoming Crown Princess Mary.
    (AP, 5/14/04)

2004        Jun, The Danish government raised the fine for smoking hash in public to $90 and ordered clubs where it was smoked to be shut down.
    (SSFC, 10/31/04, p.A3)

2004        Jul 1, Law 205 took effect in Denmark and required residents to register themselves and their homes with the government.
    (SSFC, 10/31/04, p.A3)

2004        Jul 12, The Danish government upheld the clerical suspension of a Lutheran minister who proclaimed last year that there was no God or afterlife, and he now could be fired or fined for declaring his beliefs in the pulpit.
    (AP, 7/12/04)

2004        Oct 4, The Denmark Science Ministry said it aims to show the North Pole belongs to Denmark and is sending an expedition to try to prove that the seabed there is a natural continuation of Danish territory.
    (AP, 10/4/04)

2004        Oct, Some 10,000 people marched on Denmark’s parliament to protest Law 205.
    (SSFC, 10/31/04, p.A3)

2005        Jan 1, Denmark was forecast for 2.5% GDP growth with a population at 5.4 million and GDP per head at $48,920.
    (Econ, 1/8/05, p.87)
2005        Jan 1, Denmark’s PM Anders Fogh Rasmussen, in response to cartoons published by Jyllands-Posten depicting the prophet Muhammad, condemned in his new year’s speech any attempt to demonize groups of people on the basis of religion or ethnic background.
    (Econ, 1/7/06, p.44)

2005        Jan 8, Hurricane-force winds swept across northern Europe, leaving at least 13 dead including 3 in Carlisle, England, 4 in Denmark and 6 in Sweden.
    (AP, 1/9/05)

2005        Jan 15, Denmark’s waterfront opera house opened in Copenhagen. Arnold Maersk McKinney Moeller put up $440 million for the project.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copenhagen_Opera_House)(SFC, 4/17/12, p.C4)

2005        Feb 8, Danes voted in parliamentary elections dominated by competing strategies for strengthening the country's cradle-to-grave welfare state and tightening immigration. Danes re-elected center-right PM Rasmussen for a 2nd term.
    (AP, 2/8/05)(WSJ, 2/9/05, p.A1)

2005        May 4, The Danish government said that the mission of Denmark's 530 troops in southern Iraq would be extended until Feb 1.
    (AP, 5/4/05)

2005        Jul 5, President Bush thanked Iraq war ally Denmark during a stopover in Copenhagen while en route to an international economic summit in Scotland.
    (AP, 7/5/06)

2005        Aug 19, The Danish pump-making company Grundfos said that two of its employees accepted bribes from Iraqi officials under the United Nations' tainted oil-for-food program.
    (AP, 8/20/05)

2005        Sep 30, The Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Death threats against the artists soon followed with protest strikes in Kashmir, condemnation from Muslim leaders worldwide and even criticism from the UN. The paper refused to apologize for publishing the drawings, citing freedom of speech, a right cherished in this northern European country of 5.4 million, that also refused to prosecute an artist who depicted a crucified Jesus Christ with an erection. Kurt Westergaard created one of the cartoons, which featured the Prophet Muhammad with a bomb in his turban. In 2008 Westergaard offered to sell the cartoon. In 2009 Jytte Klausen authored “The Cartoons That Shook the World."
    (AP, 12/9/05)(WSJ, 2/29/08, p.A1)(Econ, 10/31/09, p.97)

2005        Oct 27, In Denmark 4 young Muslims were arrested for helping to supply weapons and explosives for a planned terror attack in Europe. They helped two main suspects in Bosnia get hold of weapons and explosives with the aim of committing a terror act. In 2007 a Danish court convicted Abdul Basit Abu-Lifa (17) and sentenced him to 7 years in jail. In 2008 Elias Ibn Hsain was acquitted on charges that he took part.
    (AP, 8/24/06)(AP, 2/16/07)

2005        Denmark’s budget surplus hit 3.9% of GDP this year.
    (Econ, 9/9/06, p.29)
2005        Universal Robots was founded in Denmark to make robot arms that were light and easily programmed.
    (Econ, 3/29/14, SR p.6)

2006        Jan 26, Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador in Denmark to protest a published series of caricatures of the prophet Muhammad. Protests spread across the Muslim world for weeks, and dozens of people were killed.
    (AP, 1/26/07)

2006        Jan 29, Denmark's PM said his government could not act against satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed after Libya closed its embassy in Copenhagen amid growing Muslim anger over the dispute.
    (Reuters, 1/29/06)

2006        Jan 30, The controversy over Danish caricatures of Prophet Muhammad escalated as gunmen seized an EU office in Gaza and Muslims appealed for a trade boycott of Danish products. Denmark called for its citizens in the Middle East to exercise vigilance. A roadside bomb targeted a joint Danish-Iraqi military patrol near the southern city of Basra.
    (AP, 1/30/06)

2006        Feb 5, Thousands of Muslims rampaged in Beirut, setting fire to the Danish Embassy, burning Danish flags and lobbing stones at a Maronite Catholic church as violent protests spread over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.
    (AP, 2/5/06)

2006        Feb 6, Analysts and companies said the boycott of Danish goods called by Islamic countries to protest the publication of Prophet Muhammad caricatures was costing Danish businesses more than $1 million a day.
    (AP, 2/6/06)

2006        Feb 11, Denmark said it has temporarily withdrawn its ambassadors from Syria, Iran and Indonesia because their safety was at risk in the wake of a Danish newspaper's publication of drawings of the Prophet Muhammad.
    (AP, 2/11/06)

2006        Feb 19, Almost five months after publishing 12 cartoons of the prophet to highlight what it described as self-censorship, Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten newspaper printed a full-page apology in a Saudi-owned pan-Arab newspaper.
    (AFP, 2/19/06)

2006        Mar 23, A Danish soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in southern Iraq. He was the third Danish soldier to die in the conflict.
    (AP, 3/23/06)

2006        Mar 29, A group of 27 Danish Muslim organizations have filed a defamation lawsuit against the newspaper that first published the caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad.
    (AP, 3/30/06)

2006        Apr 6, Cheese and butter from the Danish company Arla were back on supermarket shelves in Saudi Arabia after an Islamic group ended a boycott of the dairy producer sparked by Denmark's publication of drawings of the Prophet Muhammad.
    (AP, 4/6/06)

2006        Aug 24, A Danish prosecutor charged four young Muslims with helping to supply weapons and explosives for a planned terror attack in Europe. The four men, arrested in Denmark last October 27, helped the two main suspects in Bosnia get hold of weapons and explosives with the aim of committing a terror act.
    (AP, 8/24/06)

2006        Sep 5, Danish authorities said they foiled a serious terror plot with the arrest of nine men accused of preparing explosives for a planned attack in Denmark. The suspects were Danish citizens between the ages of 18 and 33. Eight of them had immigrant backgrounds. In 2007 a jury in Copenhagen handed down guilty verdicts to Mohammad Zaher (34), Ahmad Khaldhadi (22), and Abdallah Andersen (32). Riad Anwer Daabas (19) was acquitted. Zaher and Khaldhadi, described as the two most active, were each sentenced to 11 years in prison, while Andersen was given a four-year sentence.
    (AP, 9/5/06)(AP, 11/24/07)

2006        Sep 24, In Copenhagen, Denmark, youths angered at a court decision to evict squatters from a downtown building hurled stones, bottles and eggs at police during a protest. More than 200 were detained.
    (AP, 9/25/06)

2006        Oct 4, Professor Eugene Polzik and his team at the Niels Bohr Institute at Copenhagen University in Denmark reported a breakthrough in teleportation by using both light and matter.
    (Reuters, 10/4/06)

2006        Dec 16, In Copenhagen, Denmark, police fired tear gas and detained up to 300 people after protesters attacked them with cobblestones and fireworks during a demonstration against the planned eviction of squatters from a downtown building.
    (AP, 12/16/06)

2007        Jan 21, The Danish container ship Eleonora Maersk, one of the largest ships in the world, was officially registered.
    (www.ships-info.info/mer-eleonora-maersk.htm)(Econ, 11/12/11, p.72)

2007        Feb 1, Ahmed Abu Laban (60), Denmark's most prominent Muslim leader and a central figure in last year's uproar over the Prophet Muhammad cartoons, died from cancer.
    (AP, 2/3/07)

2007        Feb 5, A Cold War-era Soviet submarine that was being towed to Thailand sank off northwestern Denmark. The Soviet Union built more than 200 Whiskey-class submarines during the Cold War, many of which are now being offered for sale by private companies.
    (AP, 2/6/07)

2007        Feb 21, Denmark’s PM Rasmussen said that his country will withdraw its 460-member contingent from southern Iraq by August and transfer security responsibilities to Iraqi forces.
    (AP, 2/21/07)

2007        Mar 1, In Denmark dozens of people were arrested after angry protesters threw cobblestones at police when an anti-terror squad started a disputed eviction of squatters from a building in downtown Copenhagen.
    (AP, 3/1/07)

2007        Mar 4, Copenhagen police arrested dozens of people in a third straight day of unrest triggered by the eviction of squatters from a disputed youth center.
    (AP, 3/4/07)

2007        Mar 5, In Copenhagen, Denmark, demolition crews started tearing down a graffiti-sprayed brick building, prompting tears and cries of protest from youths whose eviction from the makeshift cultural center led to three nights of rioting. The Youth House served since 1982 as a popular cultural center for anarchists, punk rockers and left-wing groups. The squatters considered it free public housing, but courts ordered them out after the city sold the building to a Christian congregation. Ruth Evensen, leader of the small congregation that bought the Youth House in 2001, said the four-story structure had to be torn down because it was "a total wreck" and posed a fire hazard.
    (AP, 3/5/07)(Econ, 3/10/07, p.48)

2007        Mar 14, In Denmark 7 people who raised money for Colombian guerrillas and Palestinian militants through T-shirt sales were charged under Denmark's anti-terror law.
    (AP, 3/15/07)

2007        Apr 1, Danish researchers reported that they have isolated bacterial enzymes that effectively remove sugar molecules from red blood cells that provoke an immune reactions. This would allow conversion of the A, B, and AB blood types into Type O, the universal donor type that can be given to anyone.
    (SFC, 4/2/07, p.A2)

2007        Apr 10, Peter Brixtofte (57), the free-spending Danish mayor of Hilleroed (1986-2002), was convicted of abusing his office and sentenced to two years in prison. He had became hugely popular for offering free vacations to retirees and computers to school children.
    (AP, 4/10/07)

2007        May 15, In Denmark hundreds of black-clad youths clashed with police in Copenhagen, barricading streets and setting fire to cars to protest the demolition of a building in the free-wheeling Christiania district.
    (AP, 5/15/07)

2007        Jun 23, Authorities said an outbreak of distemper has been killing seal pups off the coast of Denmark, warning that thousands of seals could die if the disease spreads to other northern European countries.
    (AP, 6/23/07)

2007        Jun 29, Germany and Denmark agreed to build an 11-mile bridge spanning the waters between the two nations and cut travel times between Scandinavia and central Europe.
    (AP, 6/29/07)

2007        Jul 27, Victor Frunza (72), a Romanian anti-communist dissident and writer, died in Denmark of a heart attack. He was forced to leave Romania in 1980 after writing a letter critical of the communist regime led by dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. While in Romania, Frunza secretly wrote a history of communism in the country that was published in Denmark in 1984. He also wrote essays championing human rights and published a political magazine.
    (AP, 7/30/07)

2007        Aug 1, Denmark, France and Indonesia offered to contribute to a joint UN-African Union mission for Darfur, a 26,000-strong force expected to be made up mostly of peacekeepers from Africa with backup from Asian troops. Sudan accepted a UN resolution approving a joint African Union-UN peacekeeping force in Darfur.
    (AP, 8/1/07)(AFP, 8/1/07)

2007        Aug 5, The last men of a Danish battalion of 450 ground troops left Iraq.
    (AFP, 8/7/07)

2007        Aug 10, Denmark was reported to be planning a monthlong expedition, to begin Aug 12, to seek evidence that the Lomonosov Ridge, a 1,240-mile underwater mountain range, is attached to the Danish territory of Greenland, making it a geological extension of the Arctic island.
    (AP, 8/10/07)

2007        Aug 22, Denmark's government said Somali pirates released the crew of a hijacked Danish cargo ship after receiving a ransom payment.
    (AP, 8/22/07)

2007        Sep 2, In Copenhagen, Denmark, a protest by hundreds of youth activists turned violent, with protesters setting fire to street barricades and cars and smashing shop windows. Officers used tear gas to disperse the crowd. The unrest started after a demonstration the previous day commemorating the Youth House, a makeshift cultural center for the city's anarchists and disaffected youth that was demolished in March.
    (AP, 9/2/07)

2007        Sep 4, Denmark's intelligence service arrested eight Islamic militants linked to leading al-Qaida figures, and said the suspects were plotting an attack involving explosives.
    (AP, 9/4/07)

2007        Sep 26, Transparency International's 2007 index ranked Myanmar and Somalia as the most corrupt nations. Both received the lowest score of 1.4 out of 10. Denmark, Finland and New Zealand were ranked the least corrupt, each scoring 9.4.
    (AP, 9/26/07)

2007        Oct 5, Chinese medical officials agreed not to transplant organs from prisoners or others in custody, except into members of their immediate families. The agreement was reached at a meeting of the World Medical Association in Copenhagen.
    (AP, 10/6/07)

2007        Nov 13, Voting began in Denmark's national election, with polls showing that the center-right government needs a new ally to stay in power despite a strong economy and low unemployment. Danes re-elected the governing coalition to a third term, endorsing its economic and tough immigration policies. Fogh Rasmussen’s blue block won 90 seats, just enough for a majority. The New Alliance Party of Naser Khader won just 5 seats. Pia Kjaersgaard’s far-right Danish People’s party won 25 seats.
    (AP, 11/13/07)(Econ, 11/17/07, p.59)

2007        Nov 29, In Afghanistan 2 Danish soldiers were killed in a gunbattle with the Taliban. They were part of a Danish reconnaissance unit that came under fire in Gereshk Valley in Helmand Province. Denmark has some 600 troops in Helmand province that are part of NATO's 40,000-member force in Afghanistan.
    (AP, 11/30/07)

2008        Feb 12, Danish police said they have arrested three people suspected of plotting to kill one of the 12 cartoonists behind the Prophet Muhammad drawings that sparked a deadly uproar in the Muslim world two years ago.
    (AP, 2/12/08)

2007        Global wind power amounted to about 1,200 megawatts with Denmark accounting for about a third and Britain in 2nd place with 400 megawatts.
    (WSJ, 11/29/07, p.B2)

2008        Feb 15, In northern Copenhagen gangs of rioters set fire to cars and garbage trucks, the sixth night of rioting and vandalism that has spread from the capital to other Danish cities.
    (Reuters, 2/16/08)

2008        Mar 31, A clash in southern Afghanistan killed a Danish soldier and wounded two others. A separate attack on a NATO patrol killed two British troops. an airstrike killed three men irrigating land close to a road in Kandahar province. The men may have been mistaken for militants planting roadside bombs. In Helmand province police arrested Mullah Naqibullah, a senior Taliban commander who has escaped twice from Afghan prisons. Naqibullah was nabbed during a clash that left three insurgents dead.
    (AP, 3/31/08)(AP, 4/1/08)

2008        Jun 2, In Pakistan a huge car bomb exploded outside the Danish Embassy in Islamabad, killing at least six people and wounding dozens more. Danish security said that al-Qaida or an al-Qaida-related group likely was behind the attack.
    (AP, 6/2/08)

2008        Jul 25, In southern Afghanistan a Danish soldier died in a roadside bomb attack. The death brings the number of Danish troops killed in Afghanistan since 2001 to 15. 3 Taliban militants died in a fight with police in the Gereshk district of Helmand province.
    (AP, 7/25/08)

2008        Aug 25, The Danish central bank said it has taken over Roskilde Bank, the nation's 10th largest bank. The 124-year-old institution had been struggling amid global financial turmoil and mounting losses on mortgage loans as housing prices fell in Denmark.
    (AP, 8/25/08)

2008        Oct 6, European governments struggled to find a coordinated approach to the crisis sweeping financial markets, as Denmark became the latest country to guarantee bank deposits, putting more pressure on Britain and other countries to follow.
    (AP, 10/6/08)

2008        Oct 21, In Denmark Hammad Khuershid, a Danish citizen of Pakistani origin, and Abdoulghani Tokhi, an Afghan, were convicted of preparing a terrorist attack. They were secretly filmed mixing the type of explosive used in the 2005 London transit bombing. They were arrested in the Copenhagen area in September 2007. Khuershid and Tokhi were sentenced to 12 and seven years in prison, respectively.
    (AP, 10/21/08)

2008        Nov 7, Pirates near Somalia hijacked a Danish cargo ship with 13 crew members, which consisted of Russians and Ukrainians. The CEC Future  was released on January 16 following a ransom payment by Clipper Projects.
    (AP, 11/8/08)(AP, 1/16/09)

2008        Nov 29, Joern Utzon (b.1918), the Danish architect who designed the iconic Sydney Opera House (1957), died. In 2003 Utzon won the Pritzker prize.
    (AP, 11/29/08)(Econ, 12/13/08, p.104)

2008        Dec 4, The Danish navy intercepted and sunk a suspected pirate vessel drifting off Somalia. 7 men were handed over to authorities in Yemen but were not immediately suspected of any crime.
    (AP, 12/5/08)
2008        Dec 4, In Afghanistan 2 Danish soldiers serving with NATO's force were killed in southern Helmand province. The governor of Afghanistan's key southern Kandahar province said he was sacked by the central government and complained that powerful people in his region had been sabotaging his work. US-led troops killed four militants in Helmand province, after the insurgents fired on a joint US-Afghan patrol.
    (AFP, 12/4/08)(AP, 12/4/08)(AP, 12/5/08)

2008        Dec 6, In Denmark "Gomorra," a movie by Italian director Matteo Garrone about Naples' criminal underworld, won the best film prize at the 21st annual European Film Awards.
    (AP, 12/6/08)

2008        Dec 11, As Greece suffered through its sixth day of violence, there were troubling signs of unrest spreading across Europe. Angry youths smashed shop windows, attacked banks and hurled bottles at police in small but violent protests in Spain and Denmark, while cars were set alight outside a consulate in France.
    (AP, 12/11/08)

2008        Dec 16, The central banks of Sweden and Denmark came to the aid of Latvia with currency swap agreements. This enabled the Bank of Latvia, to borrow as much as €500 million.
    (WSJ, 12/17/08, p.C2)
2008        Dec 16, Stein Bagger, Danish business executive, was sent back to Denmark from the US, where he had surrendered following the exposure of an estimated $185 swindle in his firm, IT Factory.
    (WSJ, 12/17/08, p.A1)

2008        Dec 19, Three Danish soldiers and one from the Netherlands were killed in separate incidents in Afghanistan, losing their lives just as the commitment of some countries to the fight in Afghanistan begins to wane.
    (AP, 12/19/08)

2008        Dec 31, In Denmark a gunman shot and wounded two Israelis working at the Rosengaard mall in Odense. Police son arrested a 27-year-old Dane born in Lebanon of Palestinian parents.
    (AP, 1/1/09)(AP, 1/2/09)

2009        Jan 15, Denmark's central bank lowered its key interest rate by 0.75 to 3 percent.
    (AP, 1/15/09)

2009        Jan 18, Denmark said it is expanding its financial rescue package by lending the country’s banks and mortgage $17.8 billion.
    (SFC, 1/19/09, p.D1)

2009        Feb 23, Denmark seized control of Fionia Bank A/S by injecting about $172 million in a deal that will take away shareholder control and split the bank into two parts until a sale can be realized. The bank was hit by mounting losses on bad loans to property developers.
    (WSJ, 2/24/09, p.C2)

2009        Feb 25, Danish and Chinese warships stopped pirates attacking two different vessels off Somalia's coast.
    (AP, 2/26/09)

2009        Apr 5, In Denmark Lars Lokke Rasmussen (b.1964) began serving as prime minister.

2009        May 26, In Denmark business leaders attending the World Business Summit on Climate Change urged governments to order steep and mandatory cuts in greenhouse gases, favoring a cap-and-trade system instead of a tax to set a market price for carbon waste.
    (AP, 5/26/09)
2009        May 26, A Danish court ruled that residents of Copenhagen's counterculture Christiania neighborhood have no right to use the former navy base they took over in 1971. The residents planned to appeal.
    (AP, 5/26/09)

2009        Jun 17, In southern Afghanistan 3 Danish soldiers were when a bomb exploded as their vehicle passed down Highway 1 heading toward the town of Barakhzai in Helmand province.
    (AFP, 6/17/09)

2009        Jun 21, In China the Danish-Swedish comedy “Original," about mental illness, won the best picture at the 12th Shanghai International Film Festival. It also took the best actor award for lead Sverrir Gudnason.
    (AFP, 6/22/09)

2009        Jun 24, Denmark's Post Danmark A/S and Sweden's Posten AB merged to form the new holding company Posten Norden AB in the industry’s first-ever cross border tie up.
    (Econ, 10/31/09, p.74)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post_Danmark)

2009        Aug 3, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, a former Danish prime minister, took office as NATO's new secretary-general. He said his top priorities would be guiding the war in Afghanistan to a successful conclusion, repairing ties with Russia, and expanding NATO's partnership with moderate nations in North Africa and the Middle East.
    (AP, 8/3/09)

2009        Aug 28, Denmark announced the 5 winners of its biennial Index design awards. The winners included: Kiva.org, of the SF Bay Area for bringing money and intellectual capital to the working poor; Better Place, of the SF Bay Area for a clean energy system for all-electric cars; the Freeplay fetal heart rate monitor; Philip Design for its India-team designed safe kitchen stove for one-room homes; and Rotterdam-based Pig 05049 for its list of 185 good and bad products made from a single pig.
    (SFC, 8/29/09, p.E1)

2009        Sep 21, A Danish court rejected the military's request to stop a book by a former special forces soldier from being published. Denmark's armed forces had asked the Bailiff's Court in Copenhagen to ban Thomas Rathsack's book, "Ranger: At War With the Elite," for national security reasons. It describes operations that he took part in as a member of an army ranger unit in Afghanistan and Iraq.
    (AP, 9/21/09)

2009        Sep 24, In Vietnam 9 North Koreans took refuge in Denmark's embassy in Hanoi seeking political asylum and passage to Seoul. On Oct 20 they left the mission and were on their way to South Korea.
    (Reuters, 10/20/09)(SFC, 9/25/09, p.A2)

2009        Oct 2, In Denmark the IOC opened a meeting hearing the cases led by government leaders and kings to win the right to stage the 2016 Olympic Games. US Pres. Obama spoke for Chicago, Japan's new PM Yukio Hatoyama spoke for Tokyo, Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva spoke for Rio de Janeiro, and Spain's King Juan Carlos and PM Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero spoke for Spain. Brazil won the bid.
    (AFP, 10/2/09)(AP, 10/3/09)
2009        Oct 2, President Barack Obama, while in Copenhagen, met with General Stanley McChrystal, the top commander of US and NATO troops in Afghanistan, for the first time since McChrystal presented a grim assessment of the war effort and requesting more troops.
    (Reuters, 10/2/09)

2009        Oct 23, In southern Afghanistan 2 US soldiers were killed by a home-made bomb. A Danish soldier lost his life in clashes with Taliban-led insurgents in the same region.
    (AFP, 10/24/09)

2009        Dec 3, In Somalia a male suicide bomber dressed as a woman attacked a university graduation ceremony in a small part of Mogadishu still under government control, killing 24 people, including three Cabinet ministers and three journalists. The president of Benadir University said 43 students were taking part in the graduation ceremony at the Shamo Hotel. The bomber was later reported to be a Danish citizen of Somali descent.
    (AP, 12/3/09)(AP, 12/4/09)(AP, 12/10/09)

2009        Dec 7, In Denmark the largest and most important UN climate change conference in history opened in Copenhagen, with organizers warning diplomats from 192 nations that this could be the last best chance for a deal to protect the world from calamitous global warming. This was the 15th conference of the parties to the 1992 UNFCCC in Rio de Janeiro.
    (AP, 12/7/09)(Econ, 12/5/09, SR p.3)

2009        Dec 11, EU leaders agreed to commit euro2.4 billion ($3.6 billion) a year until 2012 to help poorer countries combat global warming, as they sought to rescue their image as climate change innovators and bolster the talks in Copenhagen. A new draft agreement at the climate talks pulled together the main elements of a global pact but left gaping holes on financing and cutting greenhouse gas emissions for world leaders to fill in next week.
    (AP, 12/11/09)

2009        Dec 12, In Denmark violence broke out in Copenhagen as tens of thousands took to the streets to demand tough measures on climate change, with demonstrators around the world rallying for action instead of words.
    (AFP, 12/12/09)

2009        Dec 14, In Denmark China, India and other developing nations boycotted UN climate talks, bringing negotiations to a halt with their demand that rich countries discuss much deeper cuts in their greenhouse gas emissions. Representatives from 135 developing countries said they refused to participate in any formal working groups at the 192-nation summit until the issue was resolved. African nations agreed to resume UN climate talks in Copenhagen after a half-day suspension, accusing rich countries of trying to kill the existing Kyoto Protocol.
    (AP, 12/14/09)(Reuters, 12/14/09)

2009        Dec 16, In Denmark police fired pepper spray and beat protesters with batons outside the UN climate conference, as disputes inside left major issues unresolved just two days before world leaders hope to sign a historic agreement to fight global warming.
    (AP, 12/16/09)

2009        Dec 17, In Copenhagen US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to put new life into flagging UN climate talks by announcing the US would join others in raising $100 billion a year by 2020 to help poorer nations cope with global warming.
    (AP, 12/17/09)

2009        Dec 19, In Denmark the 13-day UN climate conference ended. It narrowly escaped collapse by agreeing to recognize a political accord brokered by President Barack Obama with China and other emerging powers. The US supported the idea that, by 2020, $100 billion should be flowing from the north to the south every year to pay for emissions reduction and climate adaptation. A small group of nations blocked the Copenhagen Accord, because it lacked specific targets for reducing carbon emissions. After a break, the conference president gaveled the decision to "take note" of the agreement instead of formally approving it. Experts said that clears the way for the accord to become operational in practice even though it has not been formally approved by the conference. Several developing countries, including Bolivia, Cuba, Sudan and Venezuela, bitterly protested the deal and said it is unacceptable because it lacks specific targets for reducing carbon emissions.
    (AP, 12/19/09)(SSFC, 12/20/09, p.A1)(Econ, 10/30/10, p.79)

2010        Jan 1, In Denmark Muhudiin Mohamed Geele (29), a Somali man armed with an axe and suspected of links with al Qaeda, broke into the home of Kurt Westergaard (74), a Danish cartoonist, whose drawings of the Prophet Mohammad caused global Muslim outrage. The attacker, who was shot and wounded by police, was charged the next day with two counts of attempted murder. On Feb 3, 2011, Geele was convicted of terrorism. The next day he was sentenced to 9 years in prison to be followed by permanent expulsion.
    (Reuters, 1/2/10)(AP, 2/3/11)(Reuters, 2/4/11)

2010        Jan 28, Denmark's government said that face-covering Muslim veils don't belong in Danish society but no ban is needed because their use can be limited under existing rules.
    (AP, 1/28/10)

2010        Feb 5, Danish special forces disrupted the takeover by Somali pirates of the cargo ship Ariella in the Gulf of Aden. A frogmen unit scaled the sides of the ship using grappling hooks, secured the bridge, released the crew and then launched an hours-long search for a pirate the crew had seen.
    (AP, 2/5/10)

2010        Feb 23, Denmark's PM Lars Loekke Rasmussen (45) announced a major government shake-up, changing more than a dozen Cabinet posts including the ministers of defense, justice and foreign affairs to build his own team 10 months after taking office.
    (AP, 2/23/10)

2010        Feb 26, The Danish daily Politiken newspaper apologized for offending Muslims by reprinting a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad with a bomb-shaped turban, rekindling heated debate about the limits of freedom of speech.
    (AP, 2/26/10)

2010        Apr 8, In Denmark scores of Carlsberg brewery workers walked off the job after the company tightened rules on workplace drinking. A new policy only allowed them to drink beer during lunch in the canteen.
    (SFC, 4/9/10, p.A2)

2010        May 27, Danish container shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S said it has sold its British supermarket chain Netto to Wal-Mart subsidiary Asda Stores Ltd. for 778 million pounds ($1.1 billion).
    (AP, 5/27/10)

2010        Jul 8, In Norway 2 suspected al-Qaida members were arrested for what Norwegian and US officials said was a terrorist plot linked to similar plans to bomb New York's subway and blow up a shopping mall in England. A 3rd suspect was arrested in Germany. Authorities later said the ringleader of the plot is Mikael Davud (39), an Uighur who came to Norway in 1999 as part of a UN refugee program and then became a Norwegian citizen eight years later. Davud was arrested along with suspected accomplices Shawan Sadek Saeed Bujak Bujak, an Iraqi Kurd (37), and Uzbek national, David Jakobsen (31). Norwegian and Danish police later said the 3 were likely planning an attack against a Danish newspaper that caricatured the Prophet Muhammad.
    (AP, 7/8/10)(AP, 8/29/10)(AP, 9/28/10)

2010        Sep 8, German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised the bravery of illustrator Kurt Westergaard (75), a Danish cartoonist who caricatured the Prophet Muhammad, at an award ceremony honoring his achievements for freedom of speech.
    (AP, 9/9/10)

2010        Sep 10, Danish police surrounded a suspect in Orsted Park near the Hotel Jorgensen following a small explosion in a bathroom at the hotel. A bomb squad removed a bag wrapped around his waist with remote controlled cutting pliers. The man was later identified as Lors Doukayev, a one-legged Chechen-born boxer living in Belgium. On May 3, 2011, Doukayev was charged with terrorism for allegedly preparing a letter bomb that had likely been intended for a newspaper known for publishing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. On May 30, 2011, Doukayev was convicted of attempted terrorism. The next day he was sentenced to 12 years.  
    (Reuters, 9/12/10)(AP, 9/15/10)(AP, 5/3/11)(AP, 5/30/11)(Reuters, 5/31/11)

2010        Sep 20, Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council voted 62 to 56 against a memorandum of understanding on bilateral consultations with Denmark after several members expressed unhappiness over the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in a Danish newspaper.
    (AFP, 9/21/10)

2010        Sep 30, In Denmark Flemming Rose's "The Tyranny of Silence," a book on the crisis sparked by a Danish newspaper's publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed five years ago, hit stores in amid concerns over a backlash from the Muslim world.
    (AFP, 9/30/10)

2010        Oct 9, A 650-foot Lithuanian-flagged ferry was ablaze in the Baltic Sea after an explosion on the upper deck. Firefighting ships sprayed the vessel with water to keep it from breaking apart and spilling some 170 tons of fuel. 249 people aboard were rescued by six ships that moved in to help after the explosion on the Lisco Gloria around midnight. A four-person team was lowered to the ferry by helicopter and managed to anchor the vessel off the southern tip of the Danish island Langeland to keep it from drifting farther ashore.
    (AP, 10/9/10)

2010        Oct 26, An annual report by Transparency Int’l. marked Somalia as the most corrupt county in the world, followed by Afghanistan, Myanmar and Iraq. Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore tied as the world’s least corrupt nations. The US declined to 22nd from 19th last year.
    (SFC, 10/27/10, p.A2)

2010        Dec 23, It was reported that the first pill designed to curb a person’s urge to have more than a few drinks of alcohol was undergoing tests in Europe. The drug (nalmafene) was developed by H. Lundbeck A/S in Valby, Denmark.
    (SFC, 12/23/10, p.A2)

2010        Dec 29, In Denmark 4 men planning to shoot as many people as possible in a building housing the newsroom of a paper that published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad were arrested in an operation that halted an imminent attack. The 4 were Swedish residents, a Tunisian (44), a Lebanese-born man (29), an Iraqi asylum seeker, and a 30-year-old whose national origin was not released. Police in Stockholm arrested a Swedish citizen of Tunisian origin, suspected of being linked to the plot. Denmark freed the Iraqi suspect the next day due to an apparent lack of evidence. The trial of Munir Awad, Omar Abdalla Aboelazm, Mounir Ben Mohamed Dhahri and Sabhi Ben Mohamed Zalouti opened on April 13, 2012.
    (AP, 12/29/10)(AP, 12/30/10)(AP, 4/13/12)

2010        Gunnar Wetterberg, Swedish historian, authored “The Nordic Federal State," which proposed a pan-Nordic federation to unite Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden under a single monarch: Denmark’s Queen Margrethe.
    (Econ, 11/6/10, p.66)
2010        Nets, a Denmark-based, payments firm, was created from the merger of payments companies in Denmark and Norway. In 2014 Nets was bought by Bain Capital and Advent Int'l., two American private-equity firms, and ATP, a Danish pension fund. In 2017 Hellman & Friedman, an American private-equity firm, offered to acquire Nets for $5.3 billion.
    (Econ, 9/30/17, p.66)

2011        Jan 12, A Danish cargo ship, the M/V Leopard, came under fire from pirates approaching in two skiffs. Since then, there's been no contact with the crew, four Filipinos and two Danes. All were released 838 days later. In 2016 a Danish court ordered the tabloid Ekstra Bladet to pay 300,000 kroner ($46,000) each in damages to two of the seamen for violating the privacy of Eddy Lopez and Soeren Lyngbjoern by reporting about them during their captivity.
    (AP, 1/14/11)(AP, 5/13/16)

2011        Jan 28, A Danish warship rescued two men who escaped from pirates off the coast of East Africa. The men were among several crew members who attempted to shake their captors two days after their ship, the MV Beluga Nomination, was hijacked.
    (AP, 1/28/11)

2011        Feb 9, Danish police arrested a 44-year-old man after he allegedly shot and killed his three children and attempted to commit suicide.
    (AP, 2/9/11)

2011        Feb 18, The Danish Supreme Court gave the government the green light to take control of Christiania, a largely self-governing Copenhagen neighborhood that was occupied by hippies four decades ago.
    (AP, 2/18/11)

2011        Feb 21, Danish shipper Maersk announced the order of 10 colossal container ships from South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding.
    (Econ, 2/26/11, p.73)

2011        Feb 24, Somali pirates captured a sailboat carrying Danish couple Jan Quist Johansen his wife Birgit Marie and three children (12-16), along with two adult crew members, also Danes. All seven were released on September 6.
    (AP, 3/1/11)(AP, 9/7/11)

2011        Mar 10, Forces from Somalia’s northern region of Puntland failed in a rescue attempt of a Danish family and 2 crew members. 5 soldiers were killed.
    (SFC, 3/12/11, p.A2)

2011        Mar 19, Six Danish F-16 fighter jets landed at the US air base in Sigonella, Sicily, and a half-dozen US aircraft arrived elsewhere as the military buildup mounted in Italy for possible action against Libya.
    (AP, 3/19/11)

2011        Apr 2, A Danish assault team backed by helicopters freed 16 Pakistanis and 2 Iranians held by suspected Somali pirates.
    (SFC, 4/12/11, p.A2)

2011        Apr 14, Denmark's foreign minister said she will urge US states such as Texas and Ohio to stop using a drug produced by a Danish company in lethal injections. Lene Espersen said she cannot take direct action against the company that produces pentobarbital because the drug is not exported from Denmark. It is produced by a plant in Kansas that is owned by Denmark's Lundbeck A/S. Britain announced it was banning the export of three such drugs to the United States.
    (AP, 4/14/11)

2011        Apr 30, In Denmark the 900 residents of the Christiania hippie enclave in Copenhagen announced they had agreed in principle to a deal that will allow them to collectively buy the former naval base they first occupied four decades ago.
    (AP, 4/30/11)

2011        May 11, Denmark’s government agreed to reintroduce custom checks at Danish borders.
    (Econ, 5/14/11, p.68)

2011        Jun, A Danish convicted Harry Larsen of a number of abuses, including using a baseball bat and metal bars to beat some of his family's nine children, and raping two of its teenage daughters. In its sentence, that court said he should be sent to a mental health facility. On Dec 15 an appeals court overturned the ruling and sentenced him to 11 years in prison.
    (AP, 12/15/11)

2011        Jul 1, Denmark approved a decision to re-establish permanent customs checkpoints at its borders, removing the last hurdle to a plan aimed at stopping crime and illegal immigration but which has been strongly criticized in Europe as violating visa-free travel rules.
    (AP, 7/1/11)
2011        Jul 1, Danish pharmaceutical company Lundbeck Inc. said it will demand that US distributors sign an agreement stating that they will not make the sedative pentobarbital available for prisons using it for lethal injections.
    (SFC, 7/2/11, p.A2)

2011        Jul 5, Denmark started a controversial plan to boost customs checks on its borders, deploying 50 additional customs officers at crossings with Germany and Sweden.
    (AP, 7/5/11)

2011        Aug 30, In Denmark a man was shot dead and two others are injured after a shooting outside a Copenhagen mosque following prayers to mark the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
    (AP, 8/30/11)

2011        Sep 15, Danish voters appeared set to elect their first female prime minister and end 10 years of pro-market reforms and a hardening of immigration laws. Polls predicted a majority in the 179-seat Parliament for the left-leaning opposition led by Social Democratic leader Helle Thorning-Schmidt.
    (AP, 9/15/11)

2011        Sep 29, A Danish court sentenced 15 motorbike gang members to jail for six murder attempts on rival gang members. Copenhagen's city court ruled earlier this month that members of the Hells Angels and their support group, AK81, were guilty of a series of shootings in the Danish capital in 2009.
    (AP, 9/29/11)

2011        Oct 1, Denmark imposed a “fat tax" on foods such as butter and oil as a way to curb unhealthy eating habits. The tariff on saturated fats was abolished in November 2012.
    (SFC, 10/3/11, p.A2)(Econ, 11/17/12, p.52)

2011        Oct 3, In Denmark PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt (b.1966) took office. Her government soon scrapped renewed customs checks at its border with Germany.
    (AP, 11/17/11)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helle_Thorning-Schmidt)

2011        Oct 17, British security group G4S agreed to buy Denmark-based facilities company ISS for £5.2 billion, creating the world's largest security and facilities firm.
    (AFP, 10/17/11)

2011        Oct 24, In Denmark fashion icon Margit Brandt (66) died. Her simple cuts and 1960s miniskirts marked one of the first international breakthroughs for Danish designs.
    (AP, 10/24/11)

2011        Oct 25, In northern Somalia gunmen kidnapped a female American aid worker (32) and a Danish man (60), working for the Danish Demining Group. Their Somali colleague was placed under police custody.
    (AP, 10/25/11)(AP, 10/26/11)

2011        Oct 29, In Denmark Axel Axgil (96), whose struggle for gay rights helped make Denmark the first country to legalize same-sex partnerships, died in Copenhagen.
    (AP, 10/30/11)

2011        Nov 3, Ivar Noergaard (89), former Danish Economy Minister, died. He had negotiated his country's 1973 entry into the European Union.
    (AP, 11/4/11)

2011        Dec 16, Europol said police have arrested 112 people in 22 countries after a yearlong investigation into child pornography, warning that technology is making combating the spread of child abuse images ever more difficult. The investigation, code named "Operation Icarus," was carried out under the leadership of Danish police, due to Danish expertise in analyzing the peer-to-peer networks that were used to share files.
    (AP, 12/16/11)

2011        Dec 19, In Denmark the Copenhagen City Court ruled that Marcel Lychau Hansen had strangled 73-year-old Edith Louise Andrup in 1987 and 40-year-old Lene Buchardt Rasmussen three years later. The court also found him guilty of raping three teenagers and a 23-year-old woman in 1995 and two women in 2005 and 2010, respectively.
    (AP, 12/19/11)

2012        Jan 3, The US Justice Dept. said Maersk, a Danish shipping company, will pay $31.9 million for overcharging the US government for shipments to US troops in Afghanistan and Iraq for several years.
    (SFC, 1/4/12, p.D1)

2012        Jan 7, The Danish navy captured a suspect pirate mothership off the Horn of Africa. They arrested 25 suspected pirates and freed 14 people from Iran and Pakistan.
    (AP, 1/8/12)

2012        Feb 27, Off Somalia's coast, 2 hostages were killed as the Danish warship HDMS Absalon intercepted a cargo vessel that had been hijacked by pirates. 17 suspected pirates were found along with 18 hostages. In July Danish military prosecutors say a Danish soldier "very likely" caused the death of the two hostages, but that the soldier would not be prosecuted since anti-pirate operations are inherently fraught with deadly risks.
    (AP, 2/28/12)(AP, 7/3/12)

2012        Mar 2, Danish prosecutors charged four people with terrorism for allegedly planning a shooting attack on a newspaper that had printed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. The 4 men from Sweden were arrested on Dec 29, 2010.
    (AP, 12/30/10)(AP, 3/2/12)

2012        Mar 16, In Denmark a psychiatric patient (47) stabbed a doctor and two nurses at the at Odense University Hospital, then surrendered after a 10-hour standoff with police. The doctor and one of the nurses were in critical condition.
    (AP, 3/16/12)

2012        Apr 11, The Danish navy stopped a pirate ship off the Somali coast, rescuing 12 Iranian and Pakistani hostages and arresting their 16 captors.
    (AFP, 4/12/12)

2012        Apr 16, In Denmark Arnold Maersk McKinney Moeller (98), the country’s richest man, died. He turned two small shipping companies that his father had created into a global giant with 108,000 workers across 130 countries.
    (SFC, 4/17/12, p.C4)

2012        Apr 27, Denmark's intelligence service said 3 men have been arrested in Copenhagen on suspicion of plotting a terror attack after police found them with automatic weapons and ammunition.
    (AP, 4/27/12)

2012        May 28, Two Danish brothers originally from Somalia were arrested on suspicion of plotting a terror attack. The men were charged with receiving training with the aim of committing an act of terror, in what were the first known terror-trained suspects in Denmark.
    (AP, 5/29/12)

2012        Jun 4, In Denmark the Glostrup City Court handed down prison sentences to Mounir Ben Mohamed Dhahri, Munir Awad, Omar Abdalla Aboelazm, and Sabhi Ben Mohamed Zalouti. The 4 men, arrested on Dec 29 2010, had planned a shooting spree at the office of a Danish newspaper that published cartoons of the prophet Muhammed were found guilty of terrorism and sentenced each to 12 years in prison.
    (AP, 6/4/12)

2012        Jun 7, Denmark's Parliament approved a law allowing same-sex couples to get married in formal church weddings, effective June 15, instead of the short blessing ceremonies that the state's Lutheran Church currently offers.
    (AP, 6/7/12)

2012        Jun 26, Denmark police said Attan Shansonga, a former Zambian ambassador to the United States wanted in his home country on charges of corruption, has been arrested. He was arrested by the Zambian Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in 2002 and charged with the theft of public funds, but fled for Britain in 2004.
    (AFP, 6/26/12)

2012        Jun 29, Denmark decided to extradite to Rwanda Emmanuel Mbarushimana, a man suspected of being involved in the country's 1994 genocide.
    (AP, 6/29/12)

2012        Jun, In Mozambique Danish biotech giant Novozymes led a scheme under the Cleanstar name whereby Mozambican farmers sell surplus cassava that is converted to ethanol at a new facility near the central port city of Beira. The fuel is then shipped to Maputo, where Cleanstar sells new gas operated stoves. Some 200 stoves were sold in the first month and another 3,000 were on order.
    (AFP, 6/9/12)

2012        Jul 5, In Panama the International Whaling Commission rejected a request from Denmark for a whaling quota for indigenous groups in Greenland. Two days earlier it approved the renewal of bowhead whale quotas for indigenous subsistence whaling in Alaska and Russia and for St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean. The United States says it doesn't support a South Korean plan to restart whale hunting for purportedly scientific purposes.
    (AP, 7/6/12)

2012        In northern Denmark Michael Stokbro Larsen (16) found Viking-era coins and other items with a metal detector in a field. The coins displayed a distinctive cross motif attributed to Norse King Harald Bluetooth, who is believed to have brought Christianity to Norway and Denmark.
    (AP, 5/16/13)

2013        Jan 3, Coalition military officials in Afghanistan said an elite Danish soldier was killed overnight by an explosive device.
    (AP, 1/3/13)

2013        Apr 10, A Danish man (31) was acquitted of molesting two 17-year-old girls after he was found to suffer from a rare sleep disorder known as "sexsomnia."
    (AP, 4/12/13)

2013        Apr 28, A fire blazed through The Museum of Danish Resistance in Copenhagen, destroying large parts of the building but most of the collection was saved.
    (AP, 4/28/13)

2013        Jun 18, Vincent Clerc of the Copenhagen-based company's shipping unit said MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. and CMA CGM of France, the world's three biggest shipping container operators, will form the P3 alliance with Maersk Line.
    (AP, 6/18/13)

2013        Nov 8, Denmark said it would provide transport and security for the international effort to destroy Syria's arsenal of chemical weapons, after receiving a request from the UN.
    (AFP, 11/8/13)

2013        Dec 6, The death toll from hurricane-force Storm Xaver sweeping across northern Europe rose to 6 when high winds hurled a tree limb against a car, killing 3 people in Poland. Britain and Denmark had already reported 3 deaths. Thousands of people in Britain faced a second day of flooding as the country confronted its worst tidal surge in 60 years after Xaver roared across northern Europe.
    (Reuters, 12/6/13)(AP, 12/6/13)

2013        Dec 19, Danish lawmakers approved sending a cargo ship and a warship to pick up Syria's most dangerous chemical weapons.
    (AP, 12/19/13)

2013        Dec 27, Danish drugmaker Lundbeck said it has received marketing authorization from the European Commission for its antidepressant Brintellix following approval in the United States in September.
    (Reuters, 12/27/13)

2013        Dec 30, Disarmament teams returned Scandinavian escort vessels to port as they accepted an end-of-year deadline for the removal of Syrian chemical weapons could no longer be met. Norway and Denmark were providing ships to transfer the the chemical weapons to the Cape Ray, an American-owned ship fitted with equipment to break down lethal chemical agents to an industrial toxic waste.
    (AFP, 12/31/13)(Econ, 12/14/13, p.58)

2014        Jan 14, In India a Danish tourist (51) was gang-raped, robbed and beaten in New Delhi after she got lost and approached a group of men for directions back to her hotel near Connaught Place. Nine attackers took her to a secluded spot, robbed her and raped her repeatedly at knifepoint. On June 10, 2016, five men were sentenced to life in prison for the attack. One of the accused men died during trial in February. Three who were younger than 18 at the time of the attack were handed to the Juvenile Justice Board to remain in custody until they are 18 and reformed.
    (AP, 1/15/14)(AP, 6/10/16)

2014        Jan 30, A small socialist party quit Denmark's coalition government amid discord over plans to sell a stake in state-controlled Dong Energy to Goldman Sachs and other investors.
    (AP, 1/30/14)

2014        Feb 9, Danish director Lars von Trier brought an extra-long version of his "Nymphomaniac Volume I" to the Berlin International Film Festival, a cut that increases to nearly 2½ hours the first installment of the two-part drama about a woman's sexual life from girlhood to age 50.
    (AP, 2/9/14)
2014        Feb 9, Gabriel Axel (b.1918), the first Dane to win an Oscar for best foreign film with "Babette's Feast" (1987) which he directed, died.
    (AP, 2/10/14)

2014        Feb 27, Uganda shrugged off foreign aid cuts and int’l criticism of its tough new anti-gay law, saying it could do without Western aid. Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands cut aid over Uganda’s anti-gay law.
    (AFP, 2/27/14)(SFC, 2/28/14, p.A4)

2014        May 10, The finals of the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest took place in Copenhagen, Denmark. Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst, the alter ego of 25-year-old Thomas Neuwirth (25), won the contest.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurovision_Song_Contest_2014)(AP, 5/11/14)

2014        Aug 12, Danish officials said a listeria outbreak caused by contaminated sausages may have killed 10 people during the past few months. A small meat producer in Copenhagen was closed down Aug 11.
    (AP, 8/12/14)

2014        Sep 5, In central Denmark at least 3 people were killed and fourth person was missing after a small private helicopter crashed into the sea.
    (AP, 9/6/14)

2014        Sep 26, Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt said her government would send four operational planes and three reserve jets along with 250 pilots and support staff in the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq. The deployment will last for 12 months.
    (AP, 9/26/14)

2014        Nov 13, Eight northern European nations (Britain, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden) agreed to step up cooperation to counter an increase in Moscow's military activity that has included a tripling of NATO intercepts of Russian jets this year.
    (Reuters, 11/13/14)

2014        Dec 15, Denmark claimed ownership of around 900,000 square km of the continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean north of Greenland by filing documents to United Nations.
    (Reuters, 12/15/14)

2014         The Danish Defense Intelligence Service, or FE, reportedly finished an internal probe that found the US National Security Agency used connections in Denmark to eavesdrop on political leaders in France, Germany, Sweden and Norway. This was only made public in 2021.
    (Axios, 5/31/21)

2015        Jan 6, A Danish court sentenced seven men to prison for dealing hashish at Copenhagen's famed hippie enclave of Christiania, where the drug is openly smoked.
    (AP, 1/6/15)

2015        Jan 15, The Danish government said it is allocating 12.5 million kroner ($2 million) to help the victims of the Boko Haram extremist group in Nigeria.
    (AP, 1/15/15)

2015        Jan 27, Denmark said it has earmarked 60.9 million kroner ($9.2 million) over the next three years for programs to de-radicalize Islamic extremists, including those who have fought with jihadi groups in Syria and Iraq.
    (AP, 1/27/15)

2015        Jan 28, In Denmark commuters in Copenhagen faced widespread disruptions on the train network caused by the third theft in a week of copper cables from the tracks.
    (Reuters, 1/28/15)

2015        Jan 29, Denmark's central bank said id will cut its interest rate on certificates of deposit by 0.15 percentage points to -0.5 percent, effective Jan 30, to keep the krone currency stable against the euro.
    (AP, 1/29/15)

2015        Feb 5, Denmark's central bank cut a key interest rate for the 4th time in a month as it tried to keep the krone currency stable against the euro.
    (AP, 2/5/15)

2015        Feb 14, In Denmark some 30 shots were fired at the Krudttoenden cafe in Copenhagen, where Swedish artist Lars Vilks was organized a freedom of speech event. Filmmaker Finn Noergaard (55) was killed.
    (AP, 2/14/15)(AFP, 2/14/15)(SFC, 2/16/15, p.A2)

2015        Feb 15, In Denmark security guard Dan Uzan (27) was shot in the head and killed near Copenhagen's main synagogue in the city center. Two policemen were also wounded in the shooting at around 1:00 am this morning. Police said they believe a man shot dead by officers at Noerrebro station was the sole perpetrator of the two fatal attacks in the last 24 hours in the capital. Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein (22) was later identified as the gunman.
    (AFP, 2/15/15)(SFC, 2/16/15, p.A2)(AP, 2/17/15)

2015        Feb 16, A Danish court jailed two suspected accomplices of the slain gunman behind the recent deadly attacks in Copenhagen while PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt said there were no signs of links to a wider terror network.
    (AP, 2/16/15)

2015        Feb 27, Scandinavian Airlines canceled some 60 flights out of Copenhagen after members of a Danish cabin crew union walked out to protest the carrier's plan to move 147 employees to a domestic airline that SAS acquired last year. 30 more flights were canceled the next day.
    (AP, 2/28/15)

2015        Mar 2, Scandinavian Airlines said some 50 flights have been canceled to and from Denmark after members of a Danish cabin crew union walked out to protest the carrier's plan to transfer employees to a domestic airline acquired by SAS.
    (AP, 3/2/15)

2015        Mar 4, Thousands of passengers were stranded in Denmark, Norway and Sweden as a strike by pilots of Norwegian Air Shuttle continued for a fifth day.
    (AP, 3/4/15)

2015        Mar 20, In Denmark two men suspected of helping the gunman who killed two people in attacks in Copenhagen last Feb 15 were jailed.
    (AP, 3/20/15)

2015        Apr 21, Danish lawmakers in a 91-75 vote approved banning sex with animals.
    (AP, 4/22/15)

2015        May 8, In Denmark four city buses were destroyed in a pre-dawn fire and a fifth was vandalized with anti-Israel graffiti at a bus depot in Copenhagen.
    (AP, 5/8/15)

2015        Jun 18, Danes voted in a cliff-hanger election in which an opposition center-right alliance sought to oust PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt after she gambled an economic revival would secure her a new term. A bloc led by Loekke Rasmussen, a former prime minister, secured the 90 seats necessary for a majority in Parliament. The Danish People's Party that wants to limit the European Union's influence over the country, made large gains and overtook Lars Loekke Rasmussen's Liberal Party as Denmark's second largest party. Helle Thorning-Schmidt presented her resignation to Queen Margrethe at the royal palace the next day.
    (Reuters, 6/18/15)(AP, 6/19/15)(SFC, 6/19/15, p.A4)

2015        Jul 16, The United States, Russia and other Arctic nations signed an agreement to bar their fishing fleets from fast-thawing seas around the North Pole. The accord was also signed in Oslo by the ambassadors of Canada, Norway and Denmark.
    (Reuters, 7/16/15)

2015        Sep 2, In Kazakhstan the first Dane in space accompanied by 26 custom-made figurines from Danish toymaker Lego blasted off as part of a three-man team on an unusually long two-day mission to the International Space Station.
    (AFP, 9/2/15)

2015        Sep 9, All train services were halted between Germany and Denmark after Danish police stopped hundreds of migrants arriving by train across the border.
    (AP, 9/9/15)

2015        Sep 10, Denmark said police will no longer try to stop migrants and refugees from transiting through the country to get to Sweden and other Nordic countries.
    (AP, 9/10/15)

2015        Sep 11, Denmark said it will not take part in a scheme to share out 160,000 refugees proposed by European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker.
    (Reuters, 9/11/15)

2015        Oct 30, Coast Guard leaders from the US, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden signed an agreement setting up the Arctic Coast Guard Forum dedicated to stewardship of Arctic waters.
    (SFC, 10/31/15, p.A4)

2015        Nov 11, Danish brewer Carlsberg says it will slash 2,000 jobs, or about 15 percent of its white-collar work force, after posting a 4.5 billion kronor ($650 million) loss in the third quarter.
    (AP, 11/11/15)

2015        Dec 3, EU member Denmark voted in a referendum on adopting the union's justice rules, with the Paris terror attacks and immigration both major issues in the campaign. 53 percent of Danish voters decided to continue a decades-old opt-out from justice affairs in the European Union.
    (AFP, 12/3/15)(AP, 12/4/15)

2015        Dec 17, The Danish cargo ship Thorco Cloud collided with the chemical tanker Stolt Commitment and sank off western Indonesia. Six Filipino crewmen were missing.
    (AP, 12/17/15)

2016        Jan 4, Denmark and Sweden tightened border checks. Six countries in Europe's document-free travel area now have wide-ranging border checks in place.
    (AP, 1/4/16)

2016        Jan 12, The Denmark-based Lego Group announced that it would no longer ask what the "thematic purpose" of a project is. Instead, customers who intend to display their creations in public will be asked to make clear that Lego does not support or endorse them.
    (AP, 1/13/16)

2016        Jan 26, The Danish parliament passed a package of measures to deter refugees from seeking asylum, including confiscating valuables to pay for their stay, despite protests from international human rights organizations.
    (Reuters, 1/26/16)

2016        Jan 27, Denmark and Switzerland joined a growing number of European countries to report Zika infections among travelers returning from Latin America, where the mosquito-borne virus has been blamed for a surge in birth defects.
    (AFP, 1/27/16)
2016        Jan 27, Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei closed down his exhibition in the Danish capital after lawmakers passed a controversial bill allowing authorities to seize valuables from asylum seekers.
    (AFP, 1/27/16)

2016        Jan, A Danish girl (15), suspected of planning bomb attacks against two schools, was arrested. Her trial began on April 19, 2017, in the Holbaek District Court.
    (AP, 4/19/17)

2016        Feb 5, A controversial Danish law allowing police to seize valuables from refugees came into force.
    (AFP, 2/5/16)

2016        Mar 16, Denmark's military intelligence agency (DDIS) said it's creating "a hacker academy" where to train IT specialists who, if they graduate, will be offered employment.
    (AP, 3/16/16)
2016        Mar 16, Denmark's TV2 broadcaster opened an office in the Syrian capital, Damascus, claiming to be the only western media to do so.
    (AP, 3/16/16)

2016        May 6, In Denmark a jet ski slammed into a rental boat containing a group of students killing Leah Bell (18) of Madisonville, Louisiana, and Linsey Malia (21) of Easton, Massachusetts. On Jan. 4, 2018, a 24-year-old man was sentenced to two years in jail for aggravated manslaughter.
    (AP, 1/4/18)

2016        May 13, President Barack Obama welcomed a group of Nordic leaders to the White House and celebrated the five Nordic nations (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) as models of reliability, equality, generosity, responsibility, even personal happiness. Obama said that he and the five Nordic nations agreed on the need to maintain sanctions against Russia.
    (AP, 5/13/16)(Reuters, 5/13/16)

2016        May 31, The government of Denmark said it will punish preachers who encourage criminal acts and blacklist "hate preachers," after a documentary about imams advocating illegal acts sparked nationwide controversy in February. The documentary showed hidden camera footage of imams in Danish mosques advocating the corporal punishment of children, stoning and whipping unfaithful spouses and requiring women to have sex with violent spouses.
    (Reuters, 5/31/16)

2016        Jun 17, Denmark police conducted raids in Copenhagen against organized hashish sale at the famed Christiania hippie neighborhood and arrested at least 17 people.
    (AP, 6/17/16)

2016        Jun 22, A Danish court convicted  Hamza Cakan (24) a pizzeria owner, of joining Islamic State militants in Syria, dismissing his claims that he had gone there to work as a cook. He faced a maximum seven years in prison.
    (AP, 6/22/16)

2016        Jun 28, Denmark police arrested two men and three women at Copenhagen's airport for using forged passports. They carried dollars and euros worth a total of about 129,600 kroner ($19,300). Under new legislation police seized 79,600 kroner ($11,860). Each person was allowed to keep 10,000 kroner ($1,490).
    (AP, 6/30/16)

2016        Jun, In western Denmark seven Viking-era (800-1050) bracelets, weighing a total of almost one kg (2.2 pounds), were discovered near Vejen by people using metal detectors. A gold chain was found in the same field in 1911.
    (AP, 6/16/16)

2016        Aug 5, Denmark's armed forces said Danish F-16 aircraft have for the first time dropped bombs in Syria's Raqqa province. Defense Command Denmark said the raid was conducted in the past week.
    (AP, 8/5/16)

2016        Aug 19, Danish lawmakers decided to send a container vessel, a support ship and 200 staff members to an international operation to rid lawless Libya of its chemical weapons arsenal and ship them out of the country.
    (AP, 8/19/16)

2016        Sep 2, In Denmark residents of Copenhagen's semi-autonomous Christiania neighborhood tore down the area's hashish market after an alleged drug dealer shot two police officers and a bystander. The 25-year-old gunman escaped after the attack but was arrested after a shoot-out with police.
    (AP, 9/2/16)

2016        Nov 27, Denmark's PM Lars Lokke Rasmussen said he had agreed to form a new government with the Liberal Alliance and the Conservative Party, reducing the risk of snap elections.
    (Reuters, 11/27/16)

2016        Dec 6, Danish police arrested a man (26) suspected of seriously wounding one of its officers by shooting him in the head outside a police station in a Copenhagen suburb earlier in the day. The dog squad officer (43) died the next day.
    (Reuters, 12/6/16)(AP, 12/7/16)
2016        Dec 6, Danish toymaker Lego said it is appointing its first foreign CEO and will give its family owners a bigger role in developing the Lego brand under an organizational shake-up that will see incumbent Jorgen Vig Knudstorp step down by the end of the year. Briton Bali Padda, currently chief operations officer, will replace Knudstorp.
    (Reuters, 12/6/16)

2017        Jan 1, Denmark police arrested Chung Yoo-ra (20), an equestrian competitor and the daughter of Choi Soon-sil, a central figure in a South Korean influence-peddling scandal that led to President Park Geun-hye's impeachment. She will face extradition proceedings following her arrest on an Interpol request from Seoul.
    (Reuters, 1/2/17)

2017        Mar 28, The Danish branch of the ride-sharing service Uber said it is shutting down its services in Denmark due to a proposed law that toughens standards for cabs.
    (AP, 3/28/17)

2017        Apr 19, A Danish court upheld a decision by the public prosecutor in Copenhagen to allow the extradition of Chung Yoo-ra (20), the daughter of Choi Soon-sil, the former confidante of South Korea's ousted president, to face prosecution in her home country.
    (AP, 4/19/17)

2017        May 2, Denmark banned five Islamic clerics and an American evangelical Christian pastor from entering the country, calling them "hate preachers" who posed threats to public order.
    (Reuters, 5/2/17)

2017        May 6, In Denmark suspected reckless driving by jet skiers in a Copenhagen harbor caused them to crash into a small boat, killing two people.
    (AP, 5/7/17)

2017        May 13, Denmark's government said it will ban cash in the country's largest prisons and require inmates to pay electronically, to make it "easier to follow the money flow in and out."
    (AP, 5/13/17)   

2017        May 16, A Danish court convicted a teenage girl (17), arrested on Jan. 13, 2016, of attempted terrorism for planning bomb attacks against two schools.
    (AP, 5/16/17)

2017        Jun 15, Japan's future king, Crown Prince Naruhito, started a five-day visit to Denmark after the Japanese parliament last week passed a law allowing his father, Emperor Akihito, to become the first monarch to abdicate in 200 years.
    (AP, 6/15/17)

2017        Jun 27, A major ransomware attack hit computers at Russia's biggest oil company, the country's banks, Ukraine's international airport as well as Danish global shipping firm A.P. Moller-Maersk. Germany's Metro said its wholesale stores in the Ukraine have been hit by a cyber-attack and the retailer was assessing the impact.
    (Reuters, 6/27/17)

2017        Jul 10, Denmark said that Apple has decided to build a data center in the southwestern town Aabenraa, near Viborg, where it has another one already under construction.
    (AP, 7/10/17)

2017        Jul 17, Denmark’s Defense Minister Claus Hjort Frederiksen said Danish troops will get training in how to deal with Russian misinformation before being sent to join a NATO military build-up in Estonia in January.
    (Reuters, 7/17/17)

2017        Aug 10, The Danish environmental protection agency (DEPA) said it had reported Maersk Oil, the oil unit of A.P. Moller-Maersk, to the police for discharging chemicals into the North Sea in connection with oil production.
    (Reuters, 8/10/17)

2017        Aug 11, Denmark arrested Peter Madsen on preliminary manslaughter charges after his 40-ton, nearly 18-meter-long (60-foot-long) submarine sank off the country’s eastern coast. He has denied responsibility for the fate of Kim Wall (30), saying she had disembarked before his vessel went down. Madsen later said Wall died in an accident on board the vessel, and that he dumped her body in the sea on August 10. On August 21 a headless torso of a woman was found on the south coast of the isle of Amager, near Copenhagen. On Aug 23 police confirmed that DNA tests of the torso matched Wall. Madsen later told a pre-trial custody hearing that she died after she was accidentally hit by a heavy hatch in the submarine's tower. An autopsy revealed that Wall had been stabbed more than 14 times and that her limbs had been removed with a saw.
    (AP, 8/12/17)(AFP, 8/21/17)(AP, 8/22/17)(AP, 8/23/17)(AP, 9/5/17)(SFC, 10/5/17, p.A4)

2017        Aug 21, French oil company Total agreed to buy Danish conglomerate AP Moller-Maersk's oil business for $7.45 billion, in a deal that will strengthen its position in the North Sea.
    (AP, 8/21/17)

2017        Sep 4, Denmark's energy minister said China will tap Denmark, home to some of the world's largest offshore energy companies, to help it build a wind farm.
    (Reuters, 9/4/17)

2017        Sep 7, In southwestern Denmark some 200,000 liters (52,00 gallons) of diesel fuel spilled into a harbor. The oil spill reportedly came from a tank at the harbor belonging to hydrocarbon storage and shipping company Dan-Balt.
    (AP, 9/8/17)

2017        Sep 16, In western Denmark two race officials died after being hit by a rally car, driven by a male (73) and female (22) co-pilot, which came off the road.
    (AP, 9/16/17)

2017        Sep 20, Denmark launched “Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030" (P4G), a global alliance for action on climate change. Those joining the New York launch and supporting P4G include China, Indonesia and the C40 network, which connects more than 90 cities representing a quarter of the global economy, of which 12 are American.
    (Reuters, 9/20/17)

2017        Oct 6, Danish navy divers found the head and the legs of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who died in mysterious circumstances on an inventor's homemade submarine.
    (Reuters, 10/7/17)

2017        Oct 26, Nordea Bank AB, the Nordic region's largest bank, said it plans to cut at least 6,000 jobs over the next four years to stay competitive as its retail banking operations increasingly become digital and automation hits the financial industry. The cuts will spread across its home markets of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.
    (AP, 10/26/17)

2017        Oct 30, Danish police said inventor Peter Madsen has admitted to dismembering Swedish journalist Kim Wall on board his submarine in August and dumping her body parts in the sea, but he still denies killing her.
    (Reuters, 10/30/17)

2017        Nov 21, Copenhagen police found an arm in the sea south of the Danish capital that was held down "with plastic strips and pieces of pipes," like those found on the legs of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who disappeared after a trip on Peter Madsen’s private submarine in August.
    (AP, 11/22/17)

2017        Nov 24, A Danish girl (17), who offered to fight for Islamic State, was found guilty in Copenhagen of planning bomb attacks at two schools, one of them Jewish.
    (Reuters, 11/24/17)

2017        Nov 27, In Denmark a girl (17) who offered to fight for Islamic State was sentenced to eight years in prison by the Danish high court for planning bomb attacks on two schools, one of them Jewish.
    (Reuters, 11/27/17)

2017        Nov 30, Denmark passed a law that could allow it to ban Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from going through its waters on grounds of security or foreign policy.
    (Reuters, 11/30/17)

2017        Dec 15, In Denmark an Italian woman (58) who ordered the murder of her boyfriend through a website and paid a hitman in bitcoin digital currency was sentenced to six years in a Danish jail. The murder was never carried out.
    (Reuters, 12/15/17)

2017        Dec 16, In Gabon a Niger national (53) stabbed two Danish journalists in Libreville, declaring it was in retaliation for US attacks against Muslims. One reporter was left in serious condition. The attacker was immediately arrested.
    (AP, 12/17/17)

2018        Jan 11, Denmark and its autonomous Arctic island of Greenland signed an agreement to clean up US military installations that were left to rust in the pristine landscape after the Cold War.
    (AP, 1/11/18)

2018        Jan 28, Danish lawmakers agreed to allocate an additional 12.8 billion crowns ($2.14 billion) to military spending over the next six years, citing Russia as one of the major threats to its security.
    (Reuters, 1/28/18)

2018        Jan, Two amateur archeologists found a silver coin on the German island of Ruegen. The state's archeology office became involved and soon uncovered hundreds of silver coins linked to the 10th century reign of Danish King Harald Gormsson, aka Harry Bluetooth.
    (SFC, 4/17/18, p.A2)

2018        Feb 6, The Danish government proposed a ban on Islamic full-face veils such as the niqab and burqa in public spaces, making it likely to become the next European country to restrict the wearing of the religious garment.
    (AFP, 2/6/18)

2018        Feb 13, Denmark's Prince Henrik (83) died, taking to the grave his resentment at playing second fiddle to his wife, Queen Margrethe. In 2016, he renounced the title of prince consort and spent much of his time at a chateau on a vineyard in southwestern France, although he remained married to the queen and officially still lived with her.
    (Reuters, 2/14/18)

2018        Mar 30, Russia ordered new cuts to the number of British envoys in the country, escalating a dispute with the West over the poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain. Scores of foreign ambassadors streamed into the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow to receive the notices given to 23 nations: Albania, Australia, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden and Ukraine.
    (AP, 3/30/18)

2018        Apr 4, Bahrain denied entry to a Danish lawmaker and a European rights activist who were attempting to enter the country to visit detained Bahraini-Danish citizen Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, co-founder of the Gulf Center for Human Rights.
    (AP, 4/4/18)

2018        Apr 10, The Newport Arctic Scholars Initiative convened in Newport, Rhode Island, with representatives from the Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and the US.
    (AP, 4/10/18)

2018        Apr 25, Danish submarine builder Peter Madsen (47), a self-taught engineer, was sentenced to life in prison after a Copenhagen court found him guilty of the premeditated murder and sexual assault of Swedish journalist Kim Wall onboard his homemade submarine last year.
    (AFP, 4/25/18)

2018        Apr 27, Thailand deported Sam Serey, the leader of a Cambodian anti-government group. He was at risk of being extradited to his homeland for imprisonment but said he is safely back in Denmark, where he has had political asylum for seven years.
    (AP, 4/27/18)

2018        May 17, Denmark said its special forces taking part in the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Iraq would be withdrawn following the IS defeat. Denmark had around 180 troops stationed at the Al-Asad air base near Baghdad.
    (AFP, 5/17/18)
2018        May 17, Danish shipping group Maersk Tankers said it would cease its activities in Iran due to the US decision to leave a landmark nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions against Tehran.
    (AFP, 5/17/18)

2018        May 28, Denmark's government said it will force children in residential areas containing large numbers of immigrants to be educated about democracy, equality and major Danish holidays such as Christmas.
    (Reuters, 5/28/18)

2018        May 30, A Danish court sentenced the former manager of OW Bunker's Singapore subsidiary to 18 months in prison after he was found guilty of granting credit outside his mandate, contributing to the 2014 bankruptcy of the marine fuel oil supplier.
    (Reuters, 5/30/18)

2018        May 31, Denmark became the latest European country to ban the Islamic full-face veil in public spaces in a move slammed by human rights campaigners as "a violation of women's rights".
    (AFP, 5/31/18)

2018        Jun 7, In Denmark Rakmat Akilov (40), the Uzbek man who drove a stolen truck into a crowd in Stockholm, killing five people and wounding 14 others, was convicted of terror-related murder and given a life sentence.
    (AP, 6/7/18)

2018        Jun 13, More than 150 German and Danish police officers searched a dozen apartments and offices in a joint cross-border raid on an illegal human trafficking network that focused on arranging hundreds of sham marriages.
    (AP, 6/13/18)

2018        Jun 15, A Danish court ordered the country's Defense Ministry to compensate 18 Iraqi civilians detained by Iraqi security troops during a 2014 military operation in Iraq in which Danish soldiers assisted. The Defense Ministry planned to appeal.
    (AP, 6/15/18)

2018        Jun 19, In southwestern Denmark two people were killed when a commuter train hit a minibus at an unprotected crossing near Varde.
    (AP, 6/19/18)

2018        Jun 29, Denmark's parliament agreed on the construction of three new offshore wind farms with a total production capacity of at least 2,400 megawatts by 2030. The deal also includes a target for 55 percent of the country's energy to be supplied from renewable sources by 2030, up from a previous goal of 50 percent set by the current government.
    (Reuters, 6/29/18)

2018        Jul 3, A Danish appeals court increased the prison sentence of Frederik Oliver Schmidt (25), convicted of aggravated manslaughter for crashing his jet ski into a boat on May 6, 2016, and killing American students Leah Bell (18) of Madisonville, Louisiana, and Linsey Malia (21) of Easton, Massachusetts.
    (AP, 7/3/18)

2018        Aug 1, Denmark's ban on the Islamic full-face veil in public spaces came into force, with anyone wearing a garment that hides the face in public risking a fine.
    (AFP, 8/1/18)

2018        Aug 3, Danish police were called to a shopping center in Horsholm, a city of some 46,000 inhabitants to confront a woman (28) wearing a niqab garment covering her face. The woman was slapped with a fine of 1,000 Danish kroner ($156) and requested to either remove the veil or leave the premises. She opted to leave.
    (AP, 8/4/18)

2018        Aug 15, Denmark's Environmental Protection Agency said it had approved the outline for a steel fence along the German border, which will be up to 1.5 meters (5 feet) tall, to keep out wild boars, in the hope of preventing the spread of African swine fever, which can jeopardize the country's valuable pork industry. Pigs outnumber people in Denmark, with 215 pigs to every 100 residents.
    (AP, 8/15/18)

2018        Aug 28, Danish police said a 43-year-old man has been charged with illegally smuggling 1.3 tons (1.4 short tons) of amphetamine and about 13.8 tons (15.2 short tons) of hashish into Denmark, in one of the country's biggest cases. Police said the man smuggled the drugs between February 2015 and June 2017.
    (AP, 8/28/18)

2018        Sep 4, Danish police say prosecutors have given them permission to issue a nationwide ban on the Loyal to Familia (LTF) criminal gang, even before a court case aimed at dissolving it.
    (AP, 9/4/18)

2018        Sep 19, The chief executive of Denmark's largest bank, Thomas Borgen, resigned after an internal report into allegations of massive money laundering via an Estonian subsidiary showed that "the vast majority" of transactions were deemed to be "suspicious."
    (AP, 9/19/18)

2018        Sep 21, An appeals court in Denmark said Wenceslas Twagirayezu (49) can be extradited to his native Rwanda where he is suspected of committing crimes against humanity in 1994.
    (AP, 9/21/18)

2018        Sep 26, In Denmark two people were arrested in Copenhagen and charged with attempting to supply Islamic State with drones, which the organization has used to carry out attacks.
    (Reuters, 9/26/18)

2018        Oct 5, Denmark's PM Lars Lokke Rasmussen said the government plans to build a new island near Copenhagen's harbor to create more space for the city's growing population.
    (Reuters, 10/5/18)

2018        Oct 8, Rhode Island-based Deepwater Wind announced that Denmark-based Orsted has entered into an agreement to buy it. Orsted said it's paying $510 million.
    (AP, 10/8/18)

2018        Oct 12, Germany said it will extend temporary controls at its border with Austria for six months due to concerns the EU's external frontiers are not sufficiently protected. The Danish government made a similar announcement, citing the threat of terrorism.
    (Reuters, 10/12/18)

2018        Oct 21, A Norwegian citizen of Iranian background was arrested in Sweden in connection with a plot to assassinate an Iranian Arab opposition figure in Denmark. He was extradited to Denmark. The attack was meant to target the leader of the Danish branch of the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz (ASMLA).
    (AP, 10/30/18)

2018        Oct 30, A Danish man was arrested in South Africa on suspicion of having played a key role in a fraud case that caused a Danish government welfare agency to lose at least 111 million-kroner ($17 million). Britta Nielsen (64) remained the main suspect. She has vanished from Denmark and her whereabouts were unknown.
    (AP, 11/1/18)

2018        Nov 5, South African police officers arrested Danish woman Britta Nielsen (64) suspected of a huge fraud at home. She had 648,700 rand in cash ($46,000) in her possession which was confiscated. Her son, Jimmy Hayat, was arrested Oct. 30 at Johannesburg's international airport as he was about to leave the country with two diamonds in his luggage.
    (AP, 11/6/18)

2018        Nov 9, In Denmark Britta Nielsen, the main suspect in a huge fraud involving public money, was arrested on her return to Copenhagen after she voluntarily left South Africa.
    (AP, 11/9/18)

2018        Nov 15, Denmark said it is cutting about $10 million in aid to the government of Tanzania over what it called "negative developments" in human rights in the East African country.
    (AP, 11/15/18)

2018        Nov 19, In Denmark whistleblower Howard Wilkinson, who uncovered a massive alleged money laundering scheme at Danske Bank's Estonian branch, told a parliamentary commission that he had notified his superiors four times about suspicious transactions but no action was ever taken.
    (AFP, 11/19/18)
2018        Nov 19, In Denmark former gang leader Nedim Yasar (31), who repented and wrote a book about his experiences, was fatally shot by a lone gunman in dark clothes. Yasar was rushed to a nearby hospital and died the next day.
    (AP, 11/20/18)

2018        Nov 30, Denmark's right-wing minority government secured the necessary backing from its populist ally, the Danish People's Party, to be able to pass its 2019 budget.
    (Reuters, 11/30/18)

2018        Dec 6, UAE-based global port operator DP World says it has acquired Danish logistics firm Unifeeder for $748 million, about 660 million euros, helping the Dubai-owned company expand its foothold through the largest feeder and shortsea network in Europe.
    (AP, 12/6/18)

2018        Denmark adopted legislation for the stated purpose of reducing residential segregation. It permitted actions such as the eviction of some residents and the sale of homes to private investors to reduce the amount of affordable public housing in these areas to a maximum of 40% by 2030. In 2020 a group of Copenhagen residents sued the government over the legislation.
    (AP, 5/27/20)

2019        Jan 2, In Denmark eight people were killed  and 16 injured on the Great Belt Bridge linking Zealand and Funen when a passenger train hit a trailer that had blown off a freight wagon coming the other way.  The victims were all on the passenger train.
    (Reuters, 1/2/19)(AP, 3/14/19)

2019        Jan 28, Denmark began erecting a 70-km (43.4-mile) fence along the German border to keep out wild boars in an attempt to prevent the spread of African swine fever, which could jeopardize the country's valuable pork industry.
    (AP, 1/28/19)

2019        Jan 29, Denmark said it will raise its military spending to 1.5 percent of its gross domestic product in 2023, up from 1.35 percent planned this year.
    (Reuters, 1/29/19)

2019        Feb 7, A Danish court sentenced a 36-year-old woman to four years in jail for having drained 500 milliliters (more than a pint) of blood from her young son as often as once a week over a five-year period. A psychiatric report said she suffers from Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a mental condition where caregivers make a child ill in order to attract attention to themselves.
    (AP, 2/7/19)

2019        Feb 19, Estonian authorities said that the local branch of Danske Bank must close after the financial group admitted that massive amounts of money from Russia and former Soviet states had been laundered through the subsidiary.
    (AP, 2/19/19)

2019        Mar 1, In Denmark a fraud involving public funds show 10 million kroner ($1.5 million) more than originally thought vanished from government coffers. Two new investigations showed that a total of 121 million kroner vanished between 1993 and 2018.
    (AP, 3/1/19)

2019        Apr 6, In Denmark a 20-year-old man died and at least four people were injured in an outbreak of gunfire north of Copenhagen in what appeared to be a clash late today between criminal gangs. 14 people were arrested after raids in several areas.
    (AP, 4/7/19)

2019        Apr 26, Scandinavian airline SAS pilots went on strike as wage talks broke down, grounding around 70 percent of the airline's flights and hitting some 170,000 people over the weekend alone. SAS is part-owned by the Swedish and Danish governments.
    (Reuters, 4/27/19)

2019        Apr 27, Scandinavian airline SAS canceled hundreds of flights scheduled for April 28 as a pilot strike entered its second day, disrupting the travel plans of tens of thousands of passengers.
    (Reuters, 4/27/19)

2019        Apr 28, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), the flag carrier of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, announced further flight cancellations for the next week on the third day of a pilots strike as the parties have failed to resume talks on a new collective bargaining agreement.
    (AP, 4/28/19)

2019        Apr 29, A strike among pilots at Scandinavian Airlines, flag carrier of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, entered its fourth day.
    (AP, 4/29/19)

2019        May 1, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) canceled 504 flights today as talks with the pilots resumed in Norway.
    (AP, 5/1/19)

2019        May 20, In Denmark Syrian asylum seeker Moyed Al Zoebi (32) received a 12-year prison sentence for planning to explode one or more bombs in Copenhagen and stabbing random people with kitchen knives. His accomplice, Dieab Khadigah, was sentenced in Germany in July 2017 to a prison term of six-and-a-half years.
    (AP, 5/20/19)

2019        Jun 25, Denmark's Social Democrat leader announced she will form a minority government after reaching an agreement with three left and center-left parties after weeks of negotiations.
    (AFP, 6/25/19)

2019        Jun 26, Danish police said they have arrested 31 people as part of an international investigation into an organized criminal network with roots in Albania, suspected of smuggling drugs and weapons.
    (Reuters, 6/26/19)

2019        Aug 20, US President Donald Trump cancelled a state visit to Denmark after PM Mette Frederiksen rebuffed his interest in purchasing Greenland.
    (Reuters, 8/21/19)

2019        Sep 2, It was reported that Denmark is spending 11 million kroner ($1.6 million) to buy the country's last four circus elephants to give them a proper retirement as the government moves to ban wild animals in circuses.
    (AP, 9/2/19)

2019        Sep 6, Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk said it will offer cheaper insulin to US diabetics, in response to criticism over the high price of the medication and after similar moves by rivals Sanofi and Eli Lilly.
    (Reuters, 9/6/19)

2019        Oct 14, PM Mette Frederiksen said Denmark said it will fast-track legislation allowing people with dual citizenship who have gone abroad to fight for militant groups like Islamic State to be stripped of their Danish nationality.
    (Reuters, 10/14/19)

2019        Oct 30, Denmark said it will allow the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline to pass through its territory. The decision removed a major hurdle for the $11 billion project slated for commissioning by the end of this year to bring even more gas from Siberia into Germany. The link has drawn sanctions threats from US President Donald Trump, who wants Europe to buy his country’s liquefied natural gas.
    (Bloomberg, 10/30/19)

2019        Nov 1, Denmark's immigration minister says the number of British citizens seeking Danish citizenship has more than tripled compared with 2017, the year after Britain voted to leave the European Union.
    (AP, 11/1/19)

2019        Nov 11, Turkey deported citizens of the United States and Denmark who fought for the Islamic State group and made plans to expel other foreign nationals as the government began a new push to send back captured foreign fighters to their home countries.
    (AP, 11/11/19)

2019        Nov 12, Danish police began performing border checks at the country's crossings with Sweden, moves that followed a series of shootings and explosions around Copenhagen that Danish authorities say were carried out by people crossing the waterway between the Scandinavian neighbors.
    (AP, 11/12/19)

2019        Nov 28, A Copenhagen court found three men guilty of helping a terror organization by buying drones and components on behalf of the Islamic State group. The items were meant to be used in combat actions in Syria and Iraq.
    (AP, 11/28/19)

2019        Nov, In Denmark a pair of neo-Nazis desecrated more than 80 tombstones, overturning some and covering others with graffiti.

2019        Dec 4, Danish PM Mette Frederiksen said her country would provide four more planes to NATO after holding "positive" talks with US President Trump at an alliance summit in London.
    (AP, 12/4/19)

2019        Dec 10, It was reported that evidence from Denmark suggested that when frozen embryos are used during in vitro fertilization (IVF), the resulting children have a slightly higher risk than other kids for certain types of cancer.
    (Reuters, 12/10/19)

2019        Dec 11, Danish police made several raids throughout the country and arrested a number of people in connection with suspected preparations for an Islamist militant attack.
    (Reuters, 12/11/19)

2020        Jan 2, Denmark said it sourced 47% of its electricity consumption from wind power last year, a new record boosted by steep cost reductions and improved offshore technology.
    (Reuters, 1/2/20)
2020        Jan 2, Denmark-based Novo Nordisk said it would offer free, one-time supply of insulin to people in immediate need and at risk of rationing the medication, the rising price of which has attracted fierce criticism from lawmakers and regulators.
    (Reuters, 1/2/20)

2020        Jan 17, Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk said its new diabetes pill, Rybelsus, will be covered by Express Scripts Holding Co, one of the largest US pharmacy benefit managers.
    (Reuters, 1/17/20)

2020        Jan 23, In Denmark an eight-meter copper statue by Jens Galschioet, entitled "Pillar of Shame," was erected in front of parliament in central Copenhagen to express solidarity with pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
    (Reuters, 1/23/20)

2020        Feb 3, Denmark's security service said three members of the Iran-based Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz have been arrested and suspected of spying for a Saudi intelligence service. The suspected spying took place for six years from 2012.
    (AP, 2/3/20)

2020        Feb 11, Postnord, a post and logistics company owned by Denmark and Sweden, said it would no longer accept packages going to China, citing limited freight capacity in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
    (Reuters, 2/11/20)

2020        Feb 21, Danish drugmaker Lundbeck said the US Food and Drug Administration has approved its migraine prevention therapy, which the drugmaker acquired through its near $2 billion deal for Alder BioPharmaceuticals in 2019. Vyepti, also known as eptinezumab, inhibits calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), which plays a key role in causing migraine pain.
    (Reuters, 2/21/20)

2020        Mar 11, Denmark went under a national lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
    (Econ., 6/20/20, p.11)

2020        Mar 15, Denmark's government told private companies struggling with drastic measures to curb the spread of coronavirus that it would cover 75% of employees' salaries, if they promised not to cut staff.
    (Reuters, 3/15/20)

2020        Mar 26, Denmark has recorded 1,851 people infected with coronavirus and 34 deaths. The country has restricted public assembly to 10 or fewer people and ordered the closure of schools, universities, day care centers, restaurants, cafes, libraries, gyms and hair salons.
    (Reuters, 3/26/20)

2020        Apr 5, Denmark's confirmed cases of the coronavirus rose to 4,369, with 179 deaths.
    (Bloomberg, 4/5/20)

2020        Apr 7, It was reported that sales of sex toys in Denmark have more than doubled after Danes were told to stay at home to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 4/7/20)

2020        Apr 14, Denmark said it will release its youngest citizens from a month-long coronavirus lockdown in a move that has fueled considerable controversy.
    (Bloomberg, 4/14/20)

2020        Apr 15, Denmark re-opened nurseries and primary schools following a month-long coronavirus lockdown.
    (Econ, 4/18/20, p.45)

2020        Apr 18, Denmark announced an extended aid package worth 100 billion Danish crowns ($14 billion). In an amendment to the aid measures, which now total close to 400 billion crowns, companies registered in tax haven countries will no longer be eligible for aid.
    (Reuters, 4/20/20)

2020        Apr 23, Danish and US officials jointly announced that the US is giving $12.1 million in aid to Greenland as it seeks to counter growing assertiveness in the Arctic by China and Russia.
    (https://tinyurl.com/y74j36g6)(SFC, 4/24/20, p.A2)

2020        May 15, Denmark Health authorities reported no coronavirus deaths for the first time since March 13.
    (Reuters, 5/18/20)

2020        May 18, Danes returned to cafes and restaurants, confident that the coronavirus outbreak is under control.
    (Reuters, 5/18/20)

2020        Jun 4, Danish citizen Amir Faten Mekky (23), allegedly involved in gang-related crime in southern Sweden, and killings and explosions in Spain, was arrested in Dubai. Mekky was also wanted for two contract killings and several explosions in Spain where he allegedly leads a gang known as “Los Suecos" — Spanish for the Swedes.
    (AP, 6/5/20)

2020        Jun 10, Abbvie Inc said it is partnering with Danish biotech firm Genmab AS to jointly develop and market cancer treatments, as it looks to expand its cancer franchise.
    (AP, 6/10/20)

2020        Jun 15, Denmark said it will hand out cash to Danes to stimulate the economy, while announcing plans to phase out generous aid packages introduced at the beginning of the crisis.
    (Reuters, 6/15/20)

2020        Jun 17, Danish authorities said mink at a farm in Denmark were found to be infected with the new coronavirus and all 11,000 of the animals there will have to be culled.
    (Reuters, 6/17/20)

2020        Jun 26, A court in Denmark sentenced a Norwegian man (40) of Iranian descent to seven years in prison after he was found guilty of spying for Iran and being accessory to attempts to commit murder on Danish soil.
    (AP, 6/26/20)

2020        Aug 10, Denmark said it has seen a new spread of COVID-19 infections in the past week with the reproduction rate rising to 1.4. In the past week infections have been confirmed in 67 out of Denmark's 98 municipalities.
    (Reuters, 8/10/20)

2020        Aug 27, The Danish government advised its citizens against traveling to France and Croatia as coronavirus thresholds passed 30 per 100,000 inhabitants. Denmark has reported 16,627 confirmed cases and 624 deaths.
    (SFC, 8/28/20, p.A6)

2020        Sep 3, Denmark said it had registered 179 new COVID-19 infections in the past day, the highest rate since late April. Denmark has registered 626 coronavirus-related deaths since March.
    (AP, 9/3/20)

2020        Sep 7, Denmark said Tunisia was responsible for taking in 27 migrants who were rescued in the Mediterranean by a Danish-flagged tanker that has not been able to find a European port to accept them. Tunisia rejected the claim.
    (AP, 9/8/20)

2020        Sep 10, The Danish government appointed an envoy to “help open doors" for a new approach on migration to Europe and to “ensure that real refugees are helped faster and better in the surrounding areas".
    (AP, 9/10/20)

2020        Oct 7, Denmark summoned the Iranian ambassador over reports the diplomatic mission had allegedly pressured Iranian women living in the Scandinavian country to accept divorce terms drawn up by local imams.
    (AP, 10/7/20)           

2020        Oct 16, Denmark convicted two suspected neo-Nazis, members of the Nordic Resistance Movement, of desecrating Jewish graves last year, as well as other acts of vandalism and racism.
    (SSFC, 10/18/20, p.A5)

2020        Oct 20, Denmark in partnership with Germany, the European Union and the UN hosted a conference on the Sahel in a bid to instill a more acute sense of urgency. International donors agreed to give $1.7 billion in humanitarian aid to the central Sahel (Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger), after the United Nations said the northern African region plagued by violence and climate change was at "breaking point".
    (AFP, 10/20/20)

2020        Nov 4, Denmark said it will cull its entire herd of up to 17 million mink after a mutation of the coronavirus found in the animals spread to humans, posing risk to any possible future vaccine.
    (Reuters, 11/4/20)

2020        Nov 12, It was reported that a potential vaccine candidate being developed in Denmark has in early animal trials proven effective against a mutated novel coronavirus strain from mink discovered in the country.
    (Reuters, 11/12/20)

2020        Nov 24, In Denmark a hacker attack against the country's biggest news agency called for a ransom to release locked data. Ritzau's CEO rejected the ransom demand.
    (SFC, 11/26/20, p.A2)

2020        Nov 27, The Danish Mayfly was selected by an international group of entomologists and others as the Insect of the Year for 2021, but it won't have long to celebrate its 15 minutes of fame. Ephemera danica, only has a few days to fly, mate and lay new eggs.
    (AP, 11/27/20)

2020        Dec 3, Denmark's Parliament voted to end all oil and gas activities in the North Sea by 2050. The county had started its North Sea gas and oil extraction in 1972.
    (SFC, 12/5/20, p.A3)

2020        Dec 21, Denmark agreed on a temporary ban on mink breeding, leaving little hope to rebuild the industry, which pioneered the global fur trade.
    (Reuters, 12/21/20)

2020        Dec 24, Denmark said it has identified 33 infections with the new variant of the coronavirus that has been spreading rapidly in parts of Britain.
    (Reuters, 12/24/20)

2020        Dec 29, Denmark reported 2,621 new cases over the past 24 hours. The government said it will extend a hard lockdown for two weeks until Jan. 17 to limit the spread of COVID-19.
    (AP, 12/29/20)

2021        Jan 5, Denmark imposed new lockdown measures aimed at curbing the rapid spread of a new coronavirus variant that is believed to be more transmissible. Authorities said they expected the new virus variant, first detected in Britain, to be the dominant one in Denmark by mid-February.
    (Reuters, 1/5/21)

2021        Jan 16, Denmark found its first case of a more contagious coronavirus variant from South Africa, and saw a rise in the number of infections with the highly transmissible B117 variant first identified in Britain.
    (Reuters, 1/16/21)

2021        Jan 22, Denmark said it has halted all flights arriving from the United Arab Emirates for five days due to potentially unreliable coronavirus tests in Dubai.
    (Reuters, 1/22/21)

2021        Jan 31, Denmark extended restrictions that closed schools and stores, except for grocery stores and pharmacies, and banned public gatherings of more than five people until the end of February to help slow the spread of the coronavirus..
    (SFC, 2/1/21, p.A6)

2021        Feb 2, Denmark’s Parliament overwhelmingly voted to try Inger Stoejberg, a former immigration minister, at the rarely used Court of Impeachment over a 2016 order aimed at separating asylum-seeking couples where one partner is under 18. She reportedly misled parliamentary committees on four separate occasions when informing them of her decision. The court will convene for the first time in 26 years.
    (AP, 2/2/21)

2021        Feb 3, Denmark's government said it is joining forces with business to develop a digital passport that would show whether people have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, allowing them to travel and help ease restrictions on public life.
    (SFC, 2/4/21, p.A5)

2021        Feb 4, Denmark said it has agreed to build an island in the North Sea that would gather and distribute electricity from wind energy farms.
    (AP, 2/4/21)

2021        Feb 10, Authorities reported that the share of people infected with the more contagious coronavirus variant first identified in Britain is on the rise in Denmark.
    (Reuters, 2/10/21)
2021        Feb 10, Researchers reported that a drug has been shown so effective against obesity that patients may dodge many of its worst consequences, including diabetes. The drug, semaglutide, made by Novo Nordisk, already is marketed as a treatment for Type 2 diabetes.
    (NY Times, 2/10/21)

2021        Feb 12, It was reported that 14 people have been arrested in joint police operations in Denmark and Germany on suspicion of planning an Islamist terror attack.
    (The Telegraph, 2/12/21)

2021        Feb 16, Denmark said it registered the more contagious coronavirus variant B.1.1.7, first detected in Britain, in close to half of all positive tests in the second week of February.
    (Reuters, 2/16/21)

2021        Feb 21, It was reported that Denmark has closed some border crossing points with Germany and stepped up checks at others due to a spike in COVID-19 cases and a rise in virus variants in the northern German town of Flensburg.
    (SSFC, 2/21/21, p.A14)

2021        Mar 1, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said that Austria would work with Israel and Denmark on second generation coronavirus vaccines and “no longer rely on the EU in the future".
    (The Telegraph, 3/2/21)

2021        Mar 4, Austria, Denmark and Israel said they would set up a joint research and development fund and possibly production facilities for COVID-19 vaccines to ensure they had long-term supplies for booster shots or to contend with virus mutations.
    (Reuters, 3/4/21)

2021        Mar 17, Researchers in a large study from Denmark reported that the vast majority of people who recover from Covid-19 remain shielded from the virus for at least six months.
    (NY Times, 3/18/21)

2021        Mar 18, Denmark's Medicines Agency said it had registered ten reports of blood clots in people who received AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, including one that led to death.
    (Reuters, 3/18/21)

2021        Mar 19, Denmark, Sweden and Norway said they needed more time to decide whether to use AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine while Finland joined them in putting the shots on hold, even though the EU drug watchdog said the benefits outweighed any risks.
    (Reuters, 3/19/21)

2021        Mar 20, Denmark said that one person had died and another fell seriously ill with blood clots and cerebral hemorrhage after receiving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination.
    (Reuters, 3/20/21)

2021        Apr 15, Denmark charged three members of an Iranian separatist group, the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz, with financing and promoting terror in Iran with an unnamed Saudi intelligence service.
    (AP, 4/15/21)

2021        Apr 26, Danish Lutheran priest Thomas Gotthard (44) was charged with murdering his wife, even though her body has never been found. Maria Gotthard (43) left the couple’s home in Frederikssund, northwest of Copenhagen, last Oct. 26, in a depressed state of mind. Thomas was detained after investigators found hydrochloric acid and caustic soda in the couple’s home.
    (AP, 4/26/21)

2021        May 3, It was reported that Denmark has removed the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 shot from its vaccination program to investigate reports of rare but potentially dangerous blood clots. Denmark has already taken the AstraZeneca shot out of its vaccination program for the same reason. Both the J&J and AstraZeneca shots are made with similar technology.
    (AP, 5/3/21)

2021        May 14, It was reported that Denmark this week began digging up millions of culled mink buried six months ago because of concerns that the mass graves could contaminate drinking water and a nearby bathing lake.
    (Reuters, 5/14/21)

2021        May 28, The Danish government presented its digital coronavirus passport enabling people to travel abroad or, in Denmark, go to the hairdresser, a tattoo parlor, dine inside a restaurant or wherever else it is needed.
    (AP, 5/28/21)

2021        Jun 3, Danish lawmakers voted in favor of Denmark establishing a refugee reception center in a third country that is likely to be in Africa, a move that could be a first step toward moving the country's asylum screening process outside of Europe.
    (AP, 6/3/21)
2021        Jun 3, Denmark said it has withdrawn permission for a planned pipeline that was designed to bring Norwegian gas to Poland, citing the need to assess if the project would harm the habitats of certain mice and bat species. Baltic Pipe was designed to bring Norway’s offshore natural gas from the North Sea through Denmark to Poland.
    (AP, 6/4/21)

2021        Jun 4, Denmark’s Parliament voted in favor of building Lynetteholmen, a 20-billion-kroner ($3.3 billion) artificial island in Copenhagen, that will house at least 35,000 people who will be connected to downtown by a harbor tunnel and a subway line.
    (AP, 6/4/21)

2021        Jun 19, A tenth of Denmark's nurses, around 5,400, went on strike after union members voted against a pay deal that their union leadership had approved.
    (https://tinyurl.com/nknued8s)(Reuters, 7/12/21)

2021        Jun 25, Health authorities in Denmark said that COVID-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson would remain excluded from the country's vaccine roll-out following a review of new safety data.
    (Reuters, 6/25/21)

2021        Jul 14, Danish toymaker Lego said it had asked Provo-based Culper Precision, a Utah-based gun company, to stop producing a product that makes a pistol look like it is covered with the famous multi-colored building brick. Lego they have agreed to remove the product from their website and not make or sell anything like this in the future.
    (AP, 7/14/21)
2021        Jul 14, Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard (86) died. His image of the Prophet Muhammad wearing a bomb as a turban was at the center of widespread anti-Danish anger in the Muslim world in 2005.
    (AP, 7/19/21)

2021        Aug 2, Denmark's State Serum Institute said combining AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine with a second dose from either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna's jab provides "good protection".
    (Reuters, 8/2/21)

2021        Aug 5, Denmark-based Novo Nordisk said its new weight-loss drug is getting a boost from pandemic. Wegovy was launched just six weeks back. Prescriptions for the treatment have already reached a similar level to Saxenda, Novo's other obesity drug that was launched in 2015.
    (AP, 8/5/21)

2021        Aug 11, Denmark said it would buy 280,000 doses of Novavax's potential COVID-19 vaccine for a total price of 37 million Danish crowns ($5.84 million) or roughly $20.9 per dose as part of a European Union agreement with the US company.
    (Reuters, 8/11/21)
2021        Aug 11, Danish lawmakers agreed to evacuate 45 Afghan citizens who worked for Denmark's government in Afghanistan and to offer them residency in the European country for two years.
    (AP, 8/12/21)

2021        Aug 27, Danish lawmakers voted through an emergency law which will effectively end a strike among more than 6,000 nurses over pay which has postponed tens of thousands operations and other treatments.
    (Reuters, 8/27/21)

2021        Sep 10, Denmark lifted all domestic coronavirus restrictions. More than 80% of the population over age 12 was fully vaccinated.
    (SFC, 9/11/21, p.A4)

2021        Sep 12, The slaughter of 1,428 white-sided dolphins, part of a four-century-old traditional drive of sea mammals into shallow water where they are killed for their meat and blubber, reignited a debate on the small Faeroe Islands, a semi-independent and part of the Danish realm.
    (AP, 9/14/21)

2021        Sep 24, India's antitrust watchdog imposed a penalty of $102 million on Heineken-controlled beer giant United Breweries and $16 million on the local unit of Denmark's Carlsberg in a case related to cartelization of beer prices in the country.
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)

2021        Sep 28, Denmark said it will extend its ban on mink breeding for another year to 2023.
    (Reuters, 9/28/21)

2021        Oct 5, A majority in Denmark's parliament agreed that the agricultural and forestry sector must reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% and 65% by 2030 compared with 1990 levels.
    (Reuters, 10/5/21)

2021        Oct 6, Denmark and Sweden said they will pause the use of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine for younger age groups after reports of possible rare side effects, such as myocarditis.
    (Reuters, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, Germany repatriated 23 children and their eight mothers from the Roj camp in northeastern Syria this evening, while Denmark brought back 14 children and three women.
    (AP, 10/6/21)

2021        Nov 10, In Denmark an investigation concluded that between 1970 and 2010 a culture of sexual misconduct, occasions of heavy drinking and incidents of bullying were common at the Danish Radio Girls’ Choir, made up of teenagers and young women. The 34-page report concluded that most cases went back 20-50 years.
    (AP, 11/11/21)

2021        Nov 22, The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State Department advised against travel to Germany and Denmark because of a rising number of COVID-19 cases in those countries.
    (Reuters, 11/22/21)

2021        Nov 24, A Danish frigate killed four pirates in waters south of Nigeria in an operation to protect shipping in the Gulf of Guinea. Four pirates remaining were taken on board the frigate, and no Danish personnel were hurt in the incident.
    (Reuters, 11/25/21)

2021        Dec 7, Danish health authorities said the new Omicron coronavirus variant has spread across the country. Denmark has registered a total of 398 cases of infection with the variant first identified in South Africa.
    (Reuters, 12/7/21)

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