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Denmark donates 2 million euros to earthquake-afflicted Albania

20.02.2020  13:30
On the 26th of November 2019, Albania was stricken by an earthquake, which measured 6.3 on the Richter scale. The earthquake is the strongest Albania has experienced during the past 20-30 years. 51 persons died and around 202.000 persons were affected either directly or indirectly. Of these, 17.000 were displaced because of destroyed or damaged buildings. According to a Post-Disaster Needs Assessment prepared in collaboration between the EU, the UN and the World Bank the total value of the damages and losses after the earthquake amounted to nearly 1 billion euros. 

Due to the extensive damages, an International Donor’s Conference was held in Brussels on the 17th of February 2020 in order to mobilise support to the work of reconstruction in Albania. The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Mr. Jeppe Kofod, represented Denmark at the conference and pledged a Danish donation of 2 million euros. 

Immediately after the earthquake, Denmark also donated as one of the first countries approximately 0.7 million euros (5 million DKK) to humanitarian assistance through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).  The Danish contribution at that time covered approximately 25% of the humanitarian appeal. 

At the Conference on 17th of February, the total pledges to the work of reconstruction in Albania after the earthquake reached 1.15 billion euros. A little more than half of the donations were provided as loans.
 
The Danish Embassy and Permanent Mission in Vienna undertakes the bilateral relations between Denmark and Albania.