▲Danish Crown Prince Frederik, center, and Crown Princess Mary burn incense
during a wreath laying ceremony at the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul, Thursday.
Three Nordic countries share a common foreign policy strategy
for Yeosu Expo: Opening up a national pavilion and dispatching members of their
Denmark, Norway and Sweden have their national pavilions
at the expo which celebrated a grand opening Friday. All three countries are
expecting a visit by their royal couples — the crown prince alone for Norway —
Danish Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary were the first to
come, having arrived Thursday. The Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon is arriving
today, followed by the King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, who will
arrive on May 29.
There are no sensitive diplomatic issues between Korea
and the three countries with the exception of Sweden, which maintains active
engagement with North Korea.
Yet, the Swedish Ambassador to Seoul Lars
Danielsson pointed out “North Korea won’t be the most important issue during
this visit. A king doesn’t have a role in the foreign policy of a country.”
Sweden has an embassy in North Korea, representing the interest of
Sweden and the United States. It also keeps five military officers as observers
at Panmunjeom on the inter-Korean border under the United Nations command.
Among the delegation, the Sweden’s biggest ever to Korea, will be Maria
Larsson, minister for health and social affairs, and Annie Loof, minister for
enterprise, energy and communication. Both are female, and “that’s not a
coincidence,” the ambassador said.
The health minister and Queen Silvia
will attend a joint seminar on Dementia: Directions for prevention, management
and policy at Bucheon Geriatric Medical Center.
enterprise minister will accompany the queen to a talk on female leadership at
Ewha Womans University in Seoul.
“We’re trying to enable the two developed
countries to see what we can do together to develop our countries so that they
will be a better place to live,” the ambassador said as to why the queen chose
to touch upon gender and welfare issues.
The Swedish King will also lead the Sweden-Korea Innovation & Business
The Danish royal couple’s visit has a green focus.
onto the Korean-Danish Green Growth Alliance born last May, Prince Frederik will
take part in the second meeting of the Korean-Danish Green Growth Alliance, and
will meet the president of Green Technology Center.
cooperation between Korea and Denmark has made a remarkable expansion in a short
period of time. In May 2011, President Lee Myung-bak flew to Copenhagen to sign
the alliance. At the same visit, the Seoul-based Global Green Growth Institute,
an international organization, opened up a branch office in Copenhagen.
Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon will keep his stay short, visiting the expo and
holding a few closed-door meetings in one day.
(source: The Korea Times,