GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Denmark 5 July announced it had cleared the last of its minefields, a legacy of the second world war, just a few days after Finland’s formal accession to the landmine ban treaty.

Denmark’s 8,000 landmines were left in the Skallingen peninsula during the war, at least 67 years ago, according to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention’s Geneva-based secretariat.

In removing the landmines, Denmark has become the 20th State Party of the 1997 international treaty to fulfill its mine clearance obligations.

The completion ceremony was presided over by Denmark’s Minister of Transport Henrik Dam Kristensen who, along the nearby town’s mayor, detonated the last dangerous objects found during the demining efforts. Kristensen said he was “proud that Denmark had fulfilled its Ottawa Convention commitments.”

Experts have estimated that 1.4 million mines were deployed in Denmark, with most removed between 1945 and 1947.

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