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Country Summary for DENMARK

I.  Relevant Legislation
II.  Regulated Cultural Property


'Archaeological Cultural Heritage'—traces of ancient relics, or human activities left from earlier ages such as structures, constructions, groups of buildings, settlements, graves, burial places, movable objects and monuments, and the places in which these traces are found. (CAM §27(1))

'Danish Cultural Heritage'—
(1) cultural assets from the time before 1660;
(2) cultural objects of a value of DKK 162,000 or more and older than 50 years; and
(3) photographs which have a value of DKK 30,000 or more regardless of age.
*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 & Footnote 1)

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

'Treasure Trove (danefæ)'—object of the past including coins found in Denmark, that is made of valuable material or is of a special cultural heritage value, and of which no one can prove to be the 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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