Danish euro referendum, 2000
A referendum on joining the Euro
The euro is the official currency of the eurozone: 17 of the 27 member states of the European Union. It is also the currency used by the Institutions of the European Union. The eurozone consists of Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg,...

was held in Denmark
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 on 28 September 2000. It was rejected by 53.2% of voters with a turnout of 87.6%.


On 2 June 1992, Danish voters rejected the Maastricht Treaty
Maastricht Treaty
The Maastricht Treaty was signed on 7 February 1992 by the members of the European Community in Maastricht, Netherlands. On 9–10 December 1991, the same city hosted the European Council which drafted the treaty...

 in a referendum
Danish Maastricht Treaty referendum, 1992
A referendum on the Maastricht Treaty was held in Denmark on 2 June 1992. It was rejected by 50.7% of voters with a turnout of 83.1%. The rejection was considered somewhat of a blow to the process of European integration, although the process continued...

. On 18 May 1993, Denmark ratified the treaty in accordance with the Edinburgh Agreement
Edinburgh Agreement
The Edinburgh Agreement or Edinburgh Decision is a December 1992 agreement reached at a European Council meeting in Edinburgh, UK, that granted Denmark four exceptions to the Maastricht Treaty so that it could be ratified by Denmark. This was necessary because, without all member states of the...

. This meant that, among three other areas, Denmark would not be part of the European Monetary Union. In March 2000, the Danish government led by Poul Nyrup Rasmussen
Poul Nyrup Rasmussen
Poul Nyrup Rasmussen , informally Poul Nyrup, born 15 June 1943), was Prime Minister of Denmark from 25 January 1993 to 27 November 2001 and is currently President of the Party of European Socialists . He was the leader of the governing Social Democrats from 1992 to 2002...

, a supporter of the common currency, decided to hold a referendum on Danish entry into the monetary union.


Choice Votes %
For 1,620,353 46.8
Against 1,842,814 53.2
Invalid/blank votes 40,358
Total 3,503,525 100
Source: Nohlen & Stöver
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