German-Danish Border Region

The German-Danish border region has provided examples of how the problems of minorities can be dealt with. Based on a bitter past, the population here has been successful in learning how to live together peacefully. The good neighbourly relations which prevail give concrete meaning to the term "peaceful coexistence." The legal framework for the rights of the Danish and German minorities and of the Frisians to engage in social and political activities is also exemplary. The relationship of majorities and minorities in the German-Danish border area can serve as a positive example for regions of Europe where interethnic conflict prevails.

It is more difficult to answer the question if the German-Danish border region may be viewed as a model which can be "exported" to conflict-ridden areas of Europe to help solve national conflicts. The answer to this question must be based on a detailed analysis of the history of the German-Danish minority arrangement as shown in a study by Henrik Becker-Christensen of the Danish Institute of Border Region Studies, entitled "The Danish-German minority arrangement - a model for others?", from 1991. This publication can be ordered directly from the The Danish Institute of Border Region Studies. A more recent publication by the same author with the title "From Confrontation to Cooperation"- The Danish-German Minority Model (Flensburg: The Danish Consulate General in Flensburg, 2014), can be found here. This same publication is also available in German.
Find the Danish version here.

ECMI founders:

The German Federal GovernmentThe German
Federal Government
The Danish GovernmentThe Danish
The Federal State Schleswig-HolsteinThe Federal State