Our relationship with Denmark

Our relations with Denmark are warm and friendly. As small trading nations we share common values and hold similar views on such matters as sustainable development, human rights, peacekeeping and UN reform.

Nineteenth century Danish immigrants to New Zealand founded towns such as Dannevirke and Norsewood, along with other Scandinavian settlers.

Denmark is a world leader in innovation in many fields and there are opportunities for New Zealand to engage in such areas as shipping, health and pharmaceuticals and green technologies (particularly wind and energy efficiency), which are strengths of Denmark.

Denmark is a member of the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform, a group initiated by New Zealand that works to encourage the phasing out of fossil fuel subsidies. Denmark is a partner in the Small Advanced Economies Initiative that New Zealand established, and it is also part of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emissions, of which New Zealand is the current Secretariat.

A Film Coproduction Agreement was signed at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2014. This gives makers of coproduced film and television access to funding and incentives in line with those available for ‘national’ programmes in each country. A Working Holiday Scheme allows young Danes and New Zealanders to live and work in each other’s countries for one year.


2017 statistics

Total trade in goods 

$381 million


Exports to Denmark

$155 million  

Top exports: butter and dairy spreads; pharmaceutical products; beef and lamb

Imports from Denmark

$285 million

Top imports: electric generating sets; industrial machinery for food or drink manufacture; pork


US$324 billion




Working holiday scheme

New Zealanders aged between 18 and 30 can apply for a 12-month working holiday visa for Denmark.

Read more about how to apply (external link).

Recent official visits

New Zealand to Denmark
  • February 2018: Hon Damien O'Connor, Minister of Agriculture
  • May 2017: Hon Mark Mitchell, Minister of Defence
  • June 2016: Hon Louise Upston, Minister for Woman, Minister for Land Information, and Associate Minister fir Tertiary Education, Skills and Emplyment 
  • November 2012: A delegation from the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee visited Denmark to meet with parliamentarians
  • March 2011: Minister of Science and Innovation Wayne Mapp visited Denmark
  • December 2009: Prime Minister John Key attended international climate change negotiations in Copenhagen
  • June-July 2009, December 2009: Minister of Trade and Associate Minister for Climate Change Issues Tim Groser attended international climate change negotiations in Copenhagen
Denmark to New Zealand
  • March 2016: The Danish Parliamentary Health and Elder Care Committee visited New Zealand
  • February 2013: The Danish Parliamentary Defence Committee visited New Zealand
  • November 2012: Minister of Defence Hans Hækkerup visited New Zealand
  • November 2012: State Secretary for Foreign Policy Michael Zilmer Johns visited New Zealand for the initial meeting of the Small Advanced Economies (SAE) initiative
  • June 2012: Minister for Development Cooperation Christian Friis Bach visited New Zealand

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