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Armenians in Denmark (Modern Period)

 The modern period saw first Armenians settled in Denmark since 1970. They came from Lebanon, Iran, and later from Iraq, Syria, and Turkey, and some of them from Armenia in 1990.

 To a greater extent, Armenians live in the cities of Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense, Kolding, KøgeNæstvedRoskilde and some of them in other areas as well.

According to unofficial data, currently about 3 thousand Armenians live in Denmark. A number of doctors, musicians, lawyers, cultural activists, as well as craftsmen and service workers are among them.

A number of Armenian young people, grown up and educated in Denmark, work in governmental and non-governmental institutions and scientific and business sectors.

In 1983 Armenians from Lebanon and Iran made joint efforts to establish an Armenian Cultural Union aimed at uniting Armenians of Denmark and preserving the Armenian identity, the Armenian language and culture.

The Armenian Cultural Union used to have its branch in the city of Aarhus where the Armenian department functioned and hosted its first ever members such as Hakob Mikayelyan, Grigor Torgomyan, Sergey Ordukhanyan, Hamayak Khudyan and Alen Ayvazyan.

An Armenian Sunday school operated under the auspices of the Armenian Cultural Union until 1992 where the Armenian language and the history were taught. A quarterly magazine “The Armenian” was published from 1984 through 1992. While having limited resources, the small Armenian community of Denmark managed to render assistance to fellow compatriots affected by the Spitak earthquake in 1988.

The Armenian Cultural Union has operated until 1992 when it gradually slowed down its activities due to the dispersion of Armenians across Denmark, the immigration of Lebanese and Iranian Armenians to the United States and Canada as well as because of financial difficulties.

The Armenian Cultural Union still keeps its registration with Copenhagen and Aarhus local authorities without exerting any communal activity.

 There are no Armenian churches in Denmark; the Patriarchal Delegate for Central Europe meets Community’s spiritual needs (seats in Vienna).

In 2005 the Government of Denmark recognized the rights of the Armenian Church to perform wedding and some other ceremonies.

Starting from 2005, “DanArmen” Danish-Armenian Association and “Nectar” Armenian cultural organization made efforts to organize the community life in 2005. The members of these organizations are Armenian immigrants settled in Denmark who want to gather around national cultural values, create an Armenian ambiance, preserve the Armenian language and culture, and introduce Danes to Armenia and the Armenian culture.

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