On the Occasion of Denmark's National Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 3, 2015

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Denmark on the 166th anniversary of the adoption of your constitution.

As NATO Allies and partners, we share a commitment to promoting democracy and prosperity around the globe. Our close collaboration on challenges ranging from the fight against extremist ideology to combatting global climate change will continue to unite us in the future.

I have especially appreciated Denmark’s support for sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic, particularly as the United States begins it two-year chairmanship of the Arctic Council.

We also have a special appreciation for the contributions of Danish-Americans and Danish immigrants such as Gutzon Borglum, who chiseled the iconic Mount Rushmore; photojournalist Jacob Riis, whose reporting set the gold standard for modern photojournalism; and William Christensen, the founder of the San Francisco Ballet.

In the aftermath of the terror attacks in Denmark in February, the world was reminded of your nation’s incredible courage. Tens of thousands of people held vigils in Danish cities in solidarity for your tradition of religious tolerance and freedom of expression.

I extend my warmest regards to the Danish people on your Constitution Day, secure in the knowledge that our two nations are joined in unwavering friendship and a vibrant partnership for the 21st century.