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Highly successful visit to Korea by TRH The Crown Prince Couple

27.05.2019  09:47

TRH The Crown Prince Couple paid an Official Visit to Korea from May 20 to May 22, 2019.

The visit commemorates the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Denmark and Korea, and is the first visit to Korea in seven years by TRH The Crown Prince Couple. The visit is a highlight of the 2019 Denmark-Korea Year of Culture with HRH The Crown Princess, the Danish patron of the year, opening a number of cultural events in Korea.

The visit aimed to further strengthen ties and bilateral exchange within the two countries’ governments, business, and culture. To this end, a large delegation accompanied TRH The Crown Prince Couple representing some of the core business organisations, key decision makers, and best talent of Denmark.

HE Merete Riisager, the Danish Minister of Education, was joined by top government officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health, the Danish Energy Agency, the Danish Medicines Agency, the Danish Agency of Culture and Palaces, and Esbjerg Municipality in the official delegation. Together, TRH The Crown Prince Couple met President Moon Jae-in and Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon to reaffirm the strong friendship and strategic partnership between the two countries, and visited the DMZ to gain further insight into the current situation on the Korean peninsula.

The business delegation was comprised of 50 companies and business organisations in the sectors of renewable energy, healthcare, food, and lifestyle, respectively. The ‘Danish Business Conference’ was held at Shilla Hotel on May 21, starting with a Grand Opening and ending with a Grand Dinner. Over the course of 2 days there were a total of 28 business events held, including 9 MoU signings and over 1,000 people in participation. TRH The Crown Prince Couple attended a total of 5 sustainability events, 6 healthcare events, and 7 lifestyle and food events. The business delegation also conducted visits to some of the biggest companies and key organisations in Korea, with the goal of bolstering ties.

For the Grand Dinner, guests were treated to a special menu presented by the National Culinary Team of Denmark and entertainment by a Danish jazz band with a special Korean feature. The Deputy Prime Minister attended from the Korean government.

With 2019 being the Danish-Korean Year of Culture where HRH The Crown Princess is the Danish patron, culture was also a key focus area of this visit. Following the opening of the Year of Culture held in Denmark this January, the Korean opening took place at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art coupled with the opening of the first ever solo exhibition focusing on the Danish artist Asgor Jorn in the Asian region. Attending the event were TRH The Crown Prince Couple, the Korean Minister of Culture H.E. Park Yang-woo, Kang Suejin, the Korean patron of the Year of Culture, high level representatives from the cultural sphere, as well as Danes living in Korea and many members of the press.  Another cultural highlight of the visit were the opening of the art installation, <One, Two, Three, Swing!> at the Dora Observatory looking across the North Korean border, and the Culture Dinner that signaled the end of the official visit. Overall, 5 cultural events were held during the Official Visit.

The official slogan of the visit was CONNECTING FUTURES. Referencing the proverb, “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together," Danish Ambassador Thomas Lehmann explains the slogan as such:

“2019 marks 60 years of friendship between Denmark and Korea. It's an occasion that prompts us to look back on how far we have come and look forward to what the future has in store. In 1951, a small seed was planted amidst the devastation of the Korean War in the form of the Danish hospital ship MS Jutlandia. It grew to become the foundation of the strong, unwavering strategic partnership between our two nations today.

Denmark and Korea have truly come a long way together and I have no doubt we will continue to create great results in the future. This was what this Royal Visit was about - appreciating what we have achieved together, using the momentum to further elevate our partnership, and working even closer together to address our mutual challenges to create win-win solutions.”

Photos and videos from the Official Visit and the Year of Culture can be found on social media via the hashtags, #DanishRoyalVisit and #DenmarkKorea60.

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