Country / Region profile of: Denmark

Although women in Denmark hold many top-level government positions, Denmark is still behind the other Nordic countries on gender equality measures, including women leadership in company management. Denmark is currently involved in several international peacekeeping operations and is a member of NATO. Denmark ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1983. Currently, Denmark is ranked 14 out of 144 listed countries on the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). Denmark voted for the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), signed on 3rd June 2013, and ratified on 2nd April 2014. In 2017, $3.8 bln was spent by Denmark on its military. In October 2015, Denmark committed to focus on promoting women as peacebuilders within Danish-funded programmes in fragile and conflict-affected States; and suggested that all military deployments to peacekeeping missions should receive mandatory training on the role of gender in peace-support operations and immediately investigate suspected criminal misconduct during deployments and, when relevant, ensure the prosecution of alleged perpetrators. Women activists continue to promote gender equality and women's empowerment by advocating for quotas on the number of female political candidates. 

“The gender debate is one of the most important debates – not only here in Denmark but throughout the entire world. It’s a debate that both absorbs and appeals because it’s within this debate that we can create real opportunities for everyone; and it’s here that we can open the door to being exactly who we are as individuals – irrespective of what we wish of our lives.” - Nina Groes


$ 3,794,800,000
Military expenditure
Denmark spends USD$3,794,800,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Gender equality in UN peacekeeping
This amount could cover more than half of the UN's entire peacekeeping budget, strengthening support for women peacekeepers, for a year.
NAP 1325
The Denmark NAP does not include an allocated or estimated budget and there are no other financial resource consideration references within the NAP.
WPS commitments
Denmark made no specific financial commitments on Women, Peace and Security in 2015.