Denmark – Alberta
Population: 5.4 million (2007 est.)
Language: Danish. English widely spoken.
Government: Constitutional Monarchy
Head of State: Queen Margrethe II (since
Head of Government: Prime Minister
Anders Fogh Rasmussen
Currency: $1CDN = 4.67 Danish Krone
(DNK), July 2008.
GDP: US$311.6 billion (2007)
GDP (PPP): US$203.3 billion (2007)
GDP Per Capita (PPP): US$37,315 (2007)
GDP growth rate: 1.8% (2007 est)
Inflation: 1.7% (2007)
Unemployment: 2.8% (2007)
Key Industry Sectors: iron, steel, Denmark has one of the strongest
nonferrous metals, food processing, economies in Europe, characterized Canada and Denmark
machinery and transportation by a balanced state budget, stable collaborate closely in the United
equipment, textiles and clothing, currency and low interest rates, as Nations (UN), and are both
electronics, shipbuilding, well as low inflation. members of the Organization
pharmaceuticals, wind-turbine for Security and Co-operation in
Due to the importance of foreign
production, tobacco manufacturing, Europe, the Organization for
trade to the Danish economy,
Lego. Economic Co-operation and
Denmark is a strong supporter of
Development, and the World
free and open trade.
Trade Organization. Canada
Biotechnology, information cooperates with SHIRBRIG (the
technology and software, food and Standby High Readiness
The Kingdom of Denmark also beverages, and the development of Brigade), a UN peacekeeping
includes the territories of Greenland equipment for environmental initiative, whose headquarters
and the Faeroe Islands. The Faeroe protection and energy conservation are in Denmark.
Islands are a self-governing are the industries experiencing the
Denmark and Canada are
overseas administrative division of most rapid expansion in Danish
members of the Arctic Council.
Alberta is a member of the
Denmark is a member of the Denmark is also renowned for its Northern Forum, an
European Union (EU) since 1973, world leadership in the construction organization acting as observer
but chose not to participate in the of wind turbines to generate power. on the Arctic Council.
common currency in 2000. Denmark is one of the founding
Greenland is not a member of the members of NATO.
EU. By 1979, the territory had
attained “home rule” within the
Danish realm. The government has
full jurisdiction over most matters
except the legal system, foreign
affairs and defense, which reside
with the Danish government.
Input was provided from the departments of: Advanced Education & Technology, Agriculture & Rural Development, Education and Energy
Alberta's Merchandise Exports to Alberta's Merchandise Exports
Denmark (2003-2007) to Denmark (2007)
Pet Food 5%
16 Machinery Iron & Steel
13.4 6% Pipes
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
TRADE AND INVESTMENT ENERGY
The Royal Danish Guards Association of
Between 2003 and 2007, Alberta Denmark has oil and natural gas Western Canada, whose membership
exports to Denmark have averaged reserves in the North Sea, a key non- consists of individuals who have served
$16.9 million per annum, including OPEC oil producing region. in the Royal Danish Guard, is based in
iron and steel pipes, make-up Calgary.
preparations, machinery, pet food, As of 2007, Denmark’s oil reserves
and plastic. were 1.3 billion barrels (bbl) (vs.
Alberta’s 176 bbl), the third largest in
During the same period, Alberta’s Western Europe after Norway and the RECENT VISITS
imports from Denmark were worth United Kingdom.
April 2005: Official visit to Alberta of
approximately $90 million,
Denmark is also the third largest oil His Excellency Poul Kristensen,
producer in Western Europe, Ambassador of Denmark.
machinery, electric generators, and
hearing aids. producing about 314,000 barrels of oil
July 2003: Visit of His Excellency Svend
per day (bl/d) (vs. Alberta’s 1.8
R. Nielsen, Ambassador of Denmark, to
Denmark has an industrialized million bl/d) in 2007.
Edmonton Klondike Days for
economic base, dependent on
In 2007, 20% of Denmark’s electricity Scandinavian Feature Country
foreign supplies of most raw
was generated by wind power. Showcase.
As of 2004, Danish manufacturers
supplied almost 40% of the global
EDUCATION AND CULTURE wind turbine market. Danish windmills DIPLOMATIC REPRESENTATION
are also present in Alberta. Denmark’s Ambassador to Canada is
The University of Alberta (U of A) is
a leader in Nordic Studies with its His Excellency Poul E.D. Kristensen.
Canadian Institute for Nordic The Canadian Ambassador in Denmark
is Mr. Peter Lundy.
Alberta Education has signed an Founded in 1903, Dickson is the
Mr. Ole Jorgensen is the Honorary
agreement with Det Danske oldest Danish settlement on the
Consul in Edmonton.
Kulturinstitut (the Danish Cultural Prairies.
Institute), in which teacher Mr. Jonas Lennart Albeck is the
Danish communities can also be
exchanges take place to learn first- found in Olds, Viking, Ponoka and Honorary Consul for Denmark in
hand about each other's education Dalvin (one of the largest Danish Calgary.
system and teaching settlements in the province).
There are approximately 58,825
The U of A has international people of Danish descent in Alberta,
agreements with post-secondary making them the 15th largest ethnic
institutions in Denmark, including group.
the Copenhagen Business School,
Aarhus School of Business, and the The Federation of Danish Associations
Aalborg Universitet. in Canada, organized to coordinate
Danish social and cultural events
The University of Calgary has a across the country, boasts a number
student exchange agreement with of member organizations, many of
the Copenhagen Business School which are based in Alberta.
and Kobenhavns Universitet.
The Danish Canadian National
Museum and Gardens are located
near Dickson, Alberta.
For more information, contact:
Alberta International and Intergovernmental Relations
Tel: (780) 427-6543 Fax: (780) 427-0699