Conscription: Yes (but balloting is used for the selection of conscripts).
Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict: Signed (7 Sep 2000). Ratified (27 Aug 2002).
Compulsory recruitment age: 18.
Voluntary recruitment age: 18.
Duration of compulsory military service: 4 months.
Conscientious objection to military service recognised for conscripts: Yes, since 1917.
Duration of civilian service: 4 months.
Conscientious objection recognised for professional soldiers: No.
Military expenditure: 1.4% of GDP (data 2009).
1) There is no right to conscientious objection for professional soldiers.
1) Recognise the right to conscientious objection for professional soldiers.
Notes: The National Service Law does not cover the self-governing territories of the FAROE ISLANDS and GREENLAND. If a young man moves to mainland Denmark after living in one of those territories for ten years or more, he is not liable for military service.