Diplomatic relations between Bhutan and Denmark were established on 13 August 1985.
Ambassador of the Royal Bhutanese Embassy in Brussels is accredited to Denmark. H.E Mr. Freddy Svane, Ambassador of Denmark to India, is concurrently accredited to Bhutan.
Bilateral development cooperation dates back to 1985. In 1989, Bhutan was among the first countries to be selected as one of Denmark’s programme countries. Since then, Danish assistance to Bhutan was the highest per capita amongst the 15 partner countries of Denmark. From a modest start, Denmark became Bhutan’s second largest bilateral donor after India. Denmark has contributed assistance to Bhutan since 1978 through UNICEF and Asian Development Bank.
With Bhutan’s increasing revenue from hydropower, Denmark decided to phase out its formal bilateral assistance. However, meaningful engagements continue between the various institutions of two countries and through the European Union.