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What Was The Most Peaceful War In The World?- By Andrew Nicole

It is the “war” between Denmark and Canada that has lasted from 1984 until today.

The two countries are ‘fighting’ over a small uninhabitable island called Hans Island.

War happens as follows:

Alternately, the two countries send their military to the small island to raise their own flag and eliminate their opponent’s.

Danes always leave a bottle of Danish liquor for Canadians, and Canadians leave a bottle of whiskey for Danes.

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If that’s not the right way to resolve a conflict, I don’t know what is.

Also known as the Whisky War or Liquor wars, it is a pseudo-confrontation and border conflict between Denmark and Canada over Hans Island.

Since the 1930s, Hans Island has been in the middle of a disagreement between the two nations.


Hans Island is in the middle of the Kennedy Channel between Greenland and Ellesmere Island. A theoretical line in the middle of the strait goes through the island. Canada and Denmark could not come to terms on Hans Island in 1973 when a border treaty was signed, leaving a gap in its border description.

In 1984, Canada provoked Denmark by planting its flag on the island and leaving a bottle of Canadian whisky.

The Danish Minister of Greenland Affairs came to the island himself the same year with the Danish flag, a bottle of schnapps, and a letter stating “Welcome to the Danish Island”

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