Piracy off the Horn of Africa and the Indian Ocean is a global challenge. Fighting piracy is a high priority for the Danish government. The government has therefore formulated a multi-annual and multi-pronged strategy for Danish efforts against piracy.
The absence of a functioning central authority and the collapse of law and order in Somalia, combined with great poverty, has led to a sharp increase in piracy off the 1800 sea mile-long coastline of Somalia. Since 2009, piracy has also grown in the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean. The increase in pirate activity invokes great personal costs to the people held hostage and their relatives. Also the people who work on board the ships transiting the waters are affected. In addition, piracy has had a significant negative impact on international commercial shipping and trade, which again influences the economies of East African countries, which are experiencing declining trade and rising commodity prices.