Another round of penalty shoot-outs in the World Cup where we saw Croatia pull through with a win, getting them one step closer to the finals. Although a hard defeat for Denmark, we doubt there is any love lost as these countries share a close and supportive relationship off the pitch.
Want to learn more about the diplomatic, trade and historical relations between these two nations? You’ve come to the right place. Tune in! 🙂
Croatia and Denmark come from two very different historical and political traditions, the former is a Balkan nation who historically adopted communist ideals as part of a former political powerhouse that being Yugoslavia which in the early 90s divided into 7 different and independent member states which Croatia being one of them. They have come out of bloody and difficult time to the country they are today. Denmark, on the other hand, is a prosperous Scandinavian nation which is and continues to be a Kingdom. The Kingdom of Denmark comprises two autonomous constituent countries in the North Atlantic Ocean: the Faroe Islands and Greenland. However, it may be surprising to realise that these two nations share what has been described as having “excellent & friendly relations”.
Although naturally being an EU country both nations share growing trade and business links (more on this later) the real friendship lies in their political alignment. Croatia, although it did and to some extent still faces ethnically induced troubles it has managed to pivot towards a more progressive and outward-looking stance on foreign relations with Denmark more than ready to receive a new diplomatic partner.
Diplomatic ties were established on the 2nd of January 1992 and since that time both nations have signed 26 treaties with one another, including treaties on air services, social security, debt consolidation, avoidance of double taxation, and European integration. In fact, Denmark was one of Croatia’s major backers for EU membership in 2013 and NATO in 2009. Their diplomatic, political and historical ties remain ongoing and responsive.
Although not heavily reliant, the trade and business between these two nations is growing. Denmark, as well as Croatia, have Germany as their largest trading partners with 22% and 16% of their trade distribution with Germany respectively. Denmark’s trade distribution with Croatia is less than one per cent with an import value of only $43.3million, and Croatia’s trade distribution with Denmark is .68% with an import value of $149million.
Denmark exports to Croatia include;
· packaged Medicaments – 16% -Trade Value: 423.9million
· Human or Animal Blood – 8.5% – Trade Value: $12.6million
· Other Engines – 4.4% – Trade Value: 6.57million
Denmark imports from Croatia include;
· Aluminium foil – 6.5% – Trade Value: $3.03million
· Industrial Furnaces – 5.9% – Trade Value: $2.71million
· Plastic lids – 4.3% – Trade Value: $1.97million