India Denmark Relations

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : May 25, 2022, 12:04

India maintains bilateral relations with the majority of countries. Denmark has a unique and special relationship with India. India Denmark Relations are friendly and cordial. Both the countries support each other in developing economic, academic, political, research, and sustainable synergies.

The Green Strategic Partnership Boosts India Denmark Relations

India Denmark Relations were established by the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru in 1957. Recently, in October 2021, a joint statement was initiated for establishing Green Strategic Partnership between the governments of the two countries. Both the countries will look into developing frameworks for climate policies, expansion in the use of renewable energy, and development of effective climate policies. The fact that makes India and Denmark's relationship very unique is that Denmark is the only country with whom India has a Green Strategic Partnership.

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind met the Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen and discussed the partnership project. The Prime Minister of Denmark was the first delegate that the President has received post COVID-19 pandemic. With this partnership, India and Denmark's relations will strengthen significantly.

High-Profile Visits Strengthens India Denmark Relations

Strong and secure India Denmark Relations are also reflected through the visits of high profile delegates from both countries to each other's countries. Some of the important visits are listed below:

  1. Prime Minister of Denmark Ms Mette Frederiksen visited India from 9 to 11th October 2021. The developments in the Green Strategic Partnership were discussed between the Prime Ministers of both countries.
  2. India Denmark Relations were strong even during the pandemic through virtual meetings. The Green Strategic Partnership was launched during the India-Denmark virtual Bilateral Summit meet.
  3. External Affairs Minister of India, S. Jaishankar was in Denmark in September 2021 to boost and nourish India's cooperation as he attended the Joint Commission to discuss the action plan on the partnership for the coming five years.
  4. The then Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Lokke Rasmussen visited India in January 2019 as a partner country for the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit. A bilateral meeting was held with the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi along with exchanges of MoUs.
  5. The then Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Lokke Rasmussen visited India on 11th September 2009 as COP15 host. The then Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh discussed bilateral issues and global climate change.
  6. Dr Manmohan Singh visited Denmark in September to participate in COP15.
  7. Salman Khurshid, Minister of Water Resources visited Denmark in 2011 for a meeting with the Danish Minister of Environment, Ms Karen Ellemann.
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India Denmark Relations - Important MoUs

Apart from these high-level visits, India Denmark Relations are based on several bilateral agreements in trade, investments, and research.

Some of the important MoUs include:

  1. Mapping of groundwater resources and aquifers MoU between Aarhus University, Denmark, Geological Survey of Denmark and National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad.
  2. Traditional Knowledge Digital Library Access Agreement between Danish Patent and Trademark Office and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.
  3. Establishment of Center of Excellence is looking for natural refrigerants for tropical climates MoU between Danfoss Industries Private Limited and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
  4. Development of Hydrogen Electrolyzer and manufacturing of the same MoU between Stiesdal Fuel Technology and Reliance Industries Limited.
  5. Establishment of Center of Excellence in attaining Excellence for Sustainability Solutions in Denmark MoU between Aarhus University and Infosys Technologies in India.

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India Denmark Relations have strengthened with continuous communication, movement of high authorities, and agreements that commit to a better future for both countries. India and Denmark have already committed to developing green sustainable processes that are not only beneficial to the countries but to the entire world.

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FAQs on India Denmark Relations

Q1. What was the recent development that reflects the unique India Denmark Relations?

Recently, a joint statement was initiated for establishing Green Strategic Partnership between the governments of the two countries. This partnership makes India Denmark Relations very unique as Denmark is the only country with whom India has a Green Strategic Partnership.

Q2. What are the different gestures that reflect strengthened India Denmark Relations?

The continuous partnership through agreements, bilateral trade, and movement of high profile delegates between countries reflect strengthened India Denmark Relations.

Q3. Which recent visit indicates the boost in India Denmark Relations?

The recent visit of the Prime Minister of Denmark Ms Mette Frederiksen to India from 9 to 11th October 2021 for discussions on the developments of the Green Strategic Partnership indicates a boost in India Denmark Relations.

Q4. Why is the Green Strategic Partnership important for India Denmark Relations?

The Green Strategic Partnership is important for India Denmark Relations as it is a first of its kind partnership that aims at the critical issue of climate change. The partnership will lead to a win-win situation for both the countries with the exchange of technology, research, and products that aim on reducing climate change. Several public and private partners would be involved in the partnership.