Nepal and Denmark established diplomatic relations on 15 December 1967. Denmark opened its residential Embassy in Kathmandu in April 1992 at the level of Charge d’ Affaires, e. p., which has later upgraded to ambassadorial level. Nepal decided to establish residential Embassy in Denmark in 2007. The relations between the two countries for more than five decades have been smooth and are based on friendship, respect and understanding. Nepal attaches high value to its relations with Denmark.
Denmark has closed its Embassy in Kathmandu since 2017 and the Danish Embassy in New Delhi is concurrently accredited to Nepal. Denmark has its Honorary Consulate in Kathmandu since 2018.
Exchange of Visits/ High Level meetings:
- Finance Minister Mr. Barshaman Pun “Ananta” visited Denmark in March 2012.
- The then Foreign Minister Mr. Upendra Yadav, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ms. Sujata Koirala visited Denmark in 2008 and 2010 respectively.
- The then Minister for Commerce and Supplies Mr. Rajendra Mahato visited Denmark in 2009 to participate in Nepal Trade Fair.
- The then Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Chakra Prasad Bastola paid an official visit to Denmark from 3-5 April 2001.
- The then Prime Minister Late Man Mohan Adhikary visited Denmark to represent Nepal at the UN-sponsored World Summit for Social Development in March 1995.
- A parliamentary delegation led by the then Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Daman Nath Dhungana, visited Denmark in 1992.
- Late King Birendra and Queen Aishwarya paid a State Visit to Denmark in 1989.
- Danish Crown Prince, His Highness Frederik André Henrik, in his capacity as the Honorary Commissioner of Danish Red Cross, visited Nepal from 17-21 September 2015 to observe the earthquake preparedness and relief operations launched in the areas with support from the Danish Red Cross.
- A Danish delegation led by Ms. Sus Ulbaek, Undersecretary for Asia visited Nepal in 2011 to participate Nepal-Denmark consultation meeting.
- Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Mr. Soren Pind, visited Nepal in April 2010. Earlier, Mrs. Ulla Torneas, Development Cooperation Minister visited Nepal in September 2006.
- A delegation of Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Danish Parliament visited Nepal in 2006. Similarly, a Parliamentary goodwill delegation led by the Speaker of the Danish Parliament Mr. Erling Olsen was in Nepal in 1995.
Bilateral Consultation Mechanism:
The MoU on Bilateral Consultation Mechanism (BCM) between the Foreign Ministries of the two countries was established on 11 June 2018 and the first meeting of BCM was held on the same date in Copenhagen. The overall state of bilateral relations between the two countries was discussed in the meeting.
In 1989 Nepal became a program country for Danish development assistance. Denmark has been extending support to Nepal since the establishment of its Mission in Kathmandu. Danish Assistance covered education support, rural electrification, revenue administration, institutional capacity, etc. The focus of support in the previous years was on Green Growth, Human Rights and Democracy, Social Progress and Prosperity, and Stability and Protection. Cooperation nowadays is channelled through the EU mechanisms and NGOs.
In 2015, Denmark provided humanitarian support in response to the earthquakes in Nepal.
Nepal exports coffee, tea, mate, spices, plants and parts of plants, soap nut, rum and tafia, incense sticks, oils, handicrafts, silver products, ready-made garments, woollen goods, woollen carpets, paper and paper products, etc. to Denmark, and imports machinery and parts, medicine and medical equipment, industrial raw materials, food and edible items, dairy products etc. from Denmark.
Value in USD
Source: TEPC, Nepal
On Investment, the Department of Industry data revealed that there are a total of 37 projects approved with the Danish investment of total Rs. 432.13 million until 15 July 2020, creating 1,551 jobs.
The statistics of tourist arrival from Denmark for the last few years is given in the table below. Despite the potentials, the number at present stands below the expectation:
|Number of Tourists||4,287||4,840||4,596|
Europe and the Americas Division
Ministry of Foreign Affairs