The Danish Armed Forces have a longstanding tradition for contributing to international military cooperation and operations.
From December 2020 to mid-2022, Denmark is leading NATO's NATO Mission Iraq (NMI). Here Lieutenant General Per Pugholm Olsen is at a meeting with Iraqi partners. Photo: Sgt. Vega / NMI Public Affairs
Danish soldiers are constantly deployed on international missions in some of the world's hotspots, where they solve peace-building, peace-keeping and stabilizing tasks.
The Danish Armed Forces has had soldiers deployed in Afghanistan since 2002. Today, Danish soldiers help with training, counseling and support for the Afghan security forces as part of the NATO mission Resolute Support.
From 13 January to July 2021, Denmark leads the European naval operation AGENOR in the Strait of Hormuz. The mission is to ensure the free movement of shipping in the important and busy waters.
From December 2020 to May 2022, Denmark will lead NATO's advisory mission in Iraq. Denmark also contributes to the international coalition, which since 2014 has helped Iraq in the fight against ISIL. Both missions strengthen Iraq's capabilities to provide security for the country itself.
Up to 200 Danish soldiers were stationed in Estonia by 2020. Here, the soldiers were part of NATO's presence in the Baltic countries and Poland and helped to show the alliance's solidarity with countries that feel vulnerable. Denmark continues to contribute staff officers.
The Danish Armed Forces contributes to the work of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) in monitoring Europe's external borders. The task is solved in collaboration with local authorities and the Danish police.
Denmark contributes to defence reforms in Ukraine and supports the training of Ukrainian soldiers.
Danish soldiers contribute to maintaining the ceasefire from 1948 between Israel and several of the country's neighbors.
The Danish Armed Forces is helping the countries of East Africa build up land and naval forces. It improves the countries' opportunities to combat security policy problems, which also pose threats to Danish interests.
Danish Challenger aircraft patrol the Baltic Sea to monitor the area and demonstrate NATO's solidarity with the eastern members of the alliance.
Danish soldiers help monitor the ceasefire between North Korea and South Korea. The two countries have never formally concluded peace after the war of 1950-1953.
The Danish Armed Forces has supported both the UN peacekeeping mission and a French-led operation against terrorism in the large West African country of Mali.
Both at sea and on land, the Danish Armed Forces are making an effort to improve maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea, where merchant ships are plagued by pirate attacks.
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