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Country Summary for DENMARK

I.  Relevant Legislation
II.  Regulated Cultural Property


"Archaeological Cultural Heritage"— traces of ancient relics, or human activity, such as structures, groups of buildings, settlements, burial places, movable objects, and monuments, as well as the sites in which these traces are found. (CAM §27(1))

"Danish Cultural Heritage"
(1) cultural objects dating to before 1660 AD;
(2) cultural objects dating back at least 50 years that are valued at DKK 162,000 or more; and
(3) photographs, regardless of age, which have a value of DKK 30,000 or more.
Note: Coins and medals are not protected as Danish Cultural Heritage, except when designated by the Minister for Culture prior to a change of ownership. (CAPCA § 2)

"Fossil Trove" (danekrœ) — a geological, botanical, or zoological fossil or meteorite, found in Denmark, that is of unique scientific or exhibitional value. (CAM § 31)

"Treasure Trove" (danefæ) — a historical object, including coins, found in Denmark, that is made of valuable material or is of special cultural value, and to which there is no proven rightful owner. (CAM § 30)


The Minister for Culture shall keep a Central Register of Cultural History and a Central Register of Art. The Minister for Culture shall make the registers available to the public and to relevant authorities. (CAM § 39(1))

III.  Export Restrictions

IV.  Ownership Rights and Restrictions

V.  Violations, Penalties and Sanctions

VI.  International Conventions and Bilateral Agreements
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