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Emergency management

The Danish Health Authority is an integral part of the national emergency management system in Denmark.

Fortunately, Denmark is rarely hit by disasters such as epidemics, terrorist attacks, major accidents, violent storms and nuclear emissions. However, should the unthinkable happen, we have an effective emergency management system in place. 


The Danish Health Authority is the overall national authority for emergency preparedness in the health sector. We work closely with the municipalities, regions, police and the Danish Emergency Management Agency on contingency planning and have a permanent seat on the National Operational Staff (NOST) and the International Operational Staff (IOS).

Overview of the Danish National Disaster Management System


Disasters know no borders, and the Danish Health Authority is widely engaged in cross-border, European and international cooperation, including extensive collaboration with international organisations such as the EU, the Nordic countries, and NATO.

War in Ukraine

Russia launched an invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022. See the Danish Health Authority's information on the work with emergency management.

Updated 05 DEC 2023