Hundreds of Danes die abroad every year

Christian Wenande
March 18th, 2016

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The vast majority reside outside Denmark’s borders

Every year, hundreds of Danes die abroad. Most of them live outside Denmark’s borders, but many tourists die from illness and accidents.

The Foreign Ministry were informed of the deaths of 704 Danes abroad last year, which is about the same as previous years.

“But it’s far from all deaths we are informed about. In many cases the Danish embassy will contact the authorities directly,” Ole Egberg Mikkelsen, a spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry’s citizen service department, told Metroxpress newspaper.

“The majority of cases involve Danes living abroad, while a smaller portion are tourists and travellers.”

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Spain and Thailand top
According to international conventions, when a Dane dies abroad the nation is bound to inform the Danish embassy in that nation, which then informs the Foreign Ministry.

They then offer support to the deceased individual’s family regarding transportation home.

The largest number of Danes who died abroad last year passed away in Spain, followed by Thailand, Turkey, Germany, Greece, France, Italy, the US and Sweden.


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