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Just over 3,000 Danes died as a direct result of the occupation.).
Overall this represents a very low mortality rate when compared to other occupied countries and most belligerent countries. An effective resistance movement developed by the end of the war, and most Danish Jews were rescued in 1943 when German authorities ordered their internment as part of the Holocaust. The occupation of Denmark was initially not an important objective for the German government.
Believing that further resistance would only result in the futile loss of still more Danish lives, the Danish cabinet ultimately decided to bow to the German pressure "under protest".
The German forces were technologically sophisticated and numerous; the Danish forces comparatively tiny and used obsolete equipment; partially a result of a pre-war policy of trying to avoid antagonizing Germany by supplying the army with modern equipment.
Officially remaining neutral throughout World War II, Iceland became a fully independent republic on 17 June 1944.