Natural resources and energy
Denmark has no metals and relatively few
other raw materials in the earth, but there is both oil
and natural gas off the Danish coast. The country has
long been self-sufficient with chalk, limestone, clay,
sand, gravel and salt.
The extraction of oil and natural gas in the Danish
part of the North Sea began in the mid-1970s. Before
that, Denmark had been completely dependent on energy
imports. In 1993, Denmark was self-sufficient with oil,
and in 1997 with energy. Thereafter, Denmark was a net
exporter of energy until 2013. Production and net
exports of oil and natural gas peaked in 2005–2006 but
have since then declined by more than half. The
production of energy from renewable sources now
corresponds to a quarter of the country's total
Major exports by Denmark with a full list of the top products exported by the country. Includes trade value in U.S. dollars and the percentage for each product category.
Electricity and heat are still produced using coal
during cold periods, but imports have been reduced by
two-thirds since 2006. The ambition is to completely
switch to using its own natural gas.
Denmark is connected to the electricity networks in
Sweden, Norway and Germany. During rainy years when
hydropower production in Sweden and Norway is low,
Denmark exports electricity to Sweden, and when
hydropower production is high, Denmark instead imports
electricity, even from nuclear power which Denmark
itself has ceased to produce.
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FACTS - ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT
Energy use per person
2,817 kilograms of oil equivalent (2015)
Electricity consumption per person
5859 kWh, kWh (2014)
Carbon dioxide emissions in total
33 498 thousand tonnes (2014)
Carbon dioxide emissions per inhabitant
5.9 tonnes (2014)
The share of energy from renewable sources
33.2 percent (2015)
Fishing stop in the Arctic
The fishing nations around the Arctic agree to stop all commercial fishing in
the Arctic waters for the time being. In line with global warming, fish stocks
have decreased in size and fishing hours have begun to take new paths. During
the stop, the nations will conduct joint research to find out more about the
ecosystems in the area in order to eventually be able to resume fishing. The
agreement includes Canada, the EU, China, Denmark (Greenland and the Faroe
Islands), Iceland, Japan, Norway, South Korea, Russia and the USA.
The police get help from the military
The Danish military will take over some specific information from the police,
which is overloaded. Soldiers should be able to assist in guarding the border
with Germany as well as guarding locations that are considered particularly
vulnerable to the risk of terrorist attacks. Armed soldiers should also be able
to patrol the streets in some parts of Copenhagen. This is announced by the
country's Minister of Justice Søren Pape Poulsen.
Preachers with hate-filled messages are forbidden
Denmark forbids six foreign ministers - five Muslim and one American
evangelical pastor - to preach within the country in at least the next two
years. The reason is that Denmark believes that the preachers spread hatred.
Danish soldiers are allowed to enter Syria
The People's Parliament gives green light to Danish special forces that are
part of the US-led coalition against IS in Iraq to be able to enter Syria to
contribute to the fight against the terrorist organization. This is announced by
the Danish Ministry of Defense. Denmark currently contributes to the coalition
with 400 soldiers (60 of whom belong to special forces), seven fighter aircraft
and one transport aircraft.