THIS DATE IN DANISH AMERICAN HISTORY - DANISH RECOGNITION OF THE UNITED STATES
June 9, 1792
From the Office of the Historian, Foreign Service Institute, US Department of State -
Denmark recognized the United States and consular relations were established on or about June 9, 1792 when the U.S. consul at Copenhagen, Hans Saabye, received an exequatur (official diplomatic recognition) from the Danish government on or about June 9, 1792.
Denmark and the United States have never experienced an interruption in their diplomatic relations since they were first established in 1801. In 1917, Denmark sold the Danish West Indies in the Caribbean Sea to the United States; the islands are now known as the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Since its liberation in 1945, Denmark has been one of the United States’ closest allies. A founding-member of both the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, in recent years Denmark has also been an energetic supporter of U.S. policy in Iraq and Afghanistan, and hosts the vital early-warning radar facility in Thule, Greenland. U.S.-Danish relations are also strengthened by the fact that the United States is currently Denmark’s largest non-European trading partner.
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