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Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2023

May 15-16

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Last year, the global struggle between freedom and autocracy intensified.

In Europe, a nuclear armed dictatorship launched a full-scale invasion of a smaller democratic neighbor. In Asia, China stepped up its provocations against Taiwan’s democracy. Around the world, autocratic leaders continued to crack down on protest and dissent.

However, 2022 will be remembered as the year democracies began to fight back. A democratic coalition provided vast quantities of military aid to Ukraine. Political leaders flocked to Taipei to show their support for Taiwan’s democracy and the right to live in peace and freedom. Around the world, millions showed solidarity with the brave women and men protesting for their rights in Iran and Afghanistan.

Uniting democratic forces to push back against authoritarianism was our Founder and Chairman, Anders Fogh Rasmussen's ambition when inaugurating the Copenhagen Democracy Summit six years ago, with Joe Biden as our first keynote speaker.

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Countdown to the Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2023

Hear from our founder, Anders Fogh Rasmussen as he outlines the important themes we will address at this year's Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2023.

Speakers at the Summit

Our Summit unites political, business and media leaders, democracy activists and advocates to bring fresh ideas to stem the tide of authoritarian advance and put democracy back on the front foot. Find the full list of speakers here.


Supporters of the Alliance of Democracies play a vital role in enabling us to run effective initiatives and to host a Summit of high quality, that ensures an open debate about important aspects of a democratic future. We would like to thank all our supporters of the Copenhagen Democracy Summit for their contribution. If you are interested in supporting the Summit, please contact us here.

Watch videos from previous summits

Catch up on previous summits on our YouTube channel.

Copenhagen Democracy Summit is held at The Royal Danish Playhouse

As an easily accessible and highly attractive city, Copenhagen is the ideal home for the Summit. Originally a Viking fishing village founded in the 10th century, Copenhagen is now one of the fastest growing metropolitan destinations in Europe. The capital of Denmark symbolizes the country’s traditions of both national pride and engagement with the world as well as a long history of vigorous democratic debate.

Copenhagen excels in combining simple and sustainable solutions with a casually sophisticated lifestyle. A lifestyle based on tradition, history and culture, yet constantly moving forward, giving Copenhagen a unique blend between the harmonies of old world charm and the progressive beat of a truly cosmopolitan city. It is a city large enough for every kind of life philosophy, but small enough to bicycle from one end to the other in twenty minutes. Image Credit: Terry Mclaughlin, Visit Copenhagen Media Centre.