Military of Denmark

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Det Danske Forsvar
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The joint badge:
Royal Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force.
Military manpower
(males age 15-49)
1,276,087 (2004 est.)
Fit for military service
(males age 15-49)
1,088,751 (2004 est.)
Military expenditures
Kroner figure (FY04/05) Dkr:16.5 milliard
Dollar figure (FY04/05) $2.8 billion
Percent of GDP 1.6% (2004)
Military structure (peace)
Army 15,450
Navy 5,300
Air Force 6,050
Home Guard1 55,000+
Military structure (wartime)
Army 45,000+
Navy 7,300
Air Force 9,500
Home Guard1 55,000+

The armed forces of the Kingdom of Denmark, known as The Danish Defence (Danish: Det Danske Forsvar) is a political security tool of the Government of Denmark.

The head of the armed forces is the Chief of Defence who is also head of the Defence Command which is managed by the Ministry of Defence. The supreme Commander-in-Chief is Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II.

Denmark also has a concept of Total Defence.


Purpose and task

The purpose and task of the armed forces of Denmark is defined in Law no. 122 of February 27, 2001 and in force since March 1, 2001. It defines 3 purposes and 6 tasks.

Its primary purpose is to prevent conflicts and war, preserve the sovereignty of Denmark, secure the continuing existents and integrity of the independent nation of the Kingdom of Denmark and further a peaceful development in the world with respect to human rights.

Its primary tasks are; NATO participate in accordance with the strategy of the alliance, detect and repel any sovereignty violation of Danish territory (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands), defence cooperation with none-NATO members, especially central- and East European countries, international missions in the area of conflict prevention, crises-control, humanitarian, peacemaking, peacekeeping, participate in Total Defence in cooperation with civilian resources and finally maintain a sizable force to execute these tasks at all times.

Defense budget

Since 1988, Danish defense budgets and security policy have been set by multi-year agreements supported by a wide parliamentary majority including government and opposition parties. However, public opposition to increases in defense spending – during a period when economic constraints require reduced spending for social welfare – has created differences among the political parties regarding a broadly acceptable level of new defense expenditure.

The latest Defence agreement ("Defence agreement 2005-2009") was signed June 10, 2004, and calls for a significant re-construction of the entire military. From now about 60% support structure and 40% combat operational capability, it is to be 40% support structure and 60% combat operational capability. E.g. more combat soldiers and less 'paper'-soldiers. The reaction speed is increased, with an entire brigade on standby readiness; the military retains the capability to continually deploy 2.000 soldiers in international service or 5.000 over a short time span. The standard mandatory conscription is modified. Generally this means lesser conscripts, lesser service time for them and only those who choose to will continue into the reaction force system.


1The Danish Home Guard is not under the Defence Command during peacetime, but directly under the Ministry of Defence, only in times of tension and war will the Defence Command assume command over the Home Guard.


See also

External links

da:Danmarks militær

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