On Tuesday, Denmark finished last in the Nordic region with Concluding a bilateral defense cooperation agreement with the United States. The agreement, the Defense Cooperation Agreement, opens up a more sustained US military presence in the country, the Danish government wrote in a press release. According to Defense Minister Troels Lund Poulsen (V), “The strong bilateral relationship and close cooperation with the United States in NATO is critical for our safety and security in Europe.”
The defense agreement means that US forces and material can be stationed in selected military areas, including air stations at Karup, Skridstrup and Aalborg. This must be done “in close coordination with the armed forces and other relevant Danish authorities.” The agreement does not include the Faroe Islands and Greenland.
Sweden and the United States signed a similar agreement earlier in December, which News Øresund wrote about here. Finland also signed a defense treaty this year, and Norway did the same in 2021. Iceland, which lacks a defense force of its own, has had a defense treaty with the United States since 1951. Until 2006, there were American forces on Keflavik Base outside Reykjavik. (Øresund News)