Danmark and the European Union
Following a binding referendum on 2 October 1972 Denmark acceded, as the first Nordic country, to the European Community (EC) on 1 January 1973. 63,3% of the Danish population voted in favour and 36,7 voted against membership of the EC. Greenland joined the EC together with Denmark, whereas the Faroe Islands decided to stay outside the Community. In 1982 Greenland decided to leave the EC.
Denmark had already apllied for membership in 1961 and 1967 together with Great Britain, Norway and Ireland, but the French president at the time,Charles de Gaulle, vetoed British membership, and Denmark did not wish to enter the EC without Great Britain. However, on 1 January 1973 both Denmark, Ireland and Great Britain entered the EC.