Denmark: History

  1. 1397

    The Union of Kalmar unites Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. Denmark is the dominant power in the union.

  2. 1814

    Denmark cedes Norway to Sweden, while Iceland remains under Danish rule.

  3. 1945

    Denmark recognizes Iceland's independence.

  4. 1949

    Denmark joins NATO.

  5. 1952

    Denmark becomes a founding member of the Nordic Council, which is established to further the mutual interests of Scandinavian countries.

  6. 1959

    Denmark joins the European Free Trade Association (EFTA)

  7. 1973

    Denmark joins the European Economic Community (ECC), which later becomes the European Union.

  8. 2000

    Denmark rejects the adoption of the euro. The Danish krone remains the national currency.


BBC News