Denmark got Seoul: Strengthening the partnership with South Korea

Lars Løkke Rasmussen to lead a delegation focusing on energy, food and health

The prime minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, will pay a visit to South Korea from October 23-25 in an effort to develop the strategic partnership between the two nations – focusing particularly on energy, food and health.

On what will be the first official visit of a Danish PM to South Korea for 25 years, Rasmussen will meet with President Park Geun-hye and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn.

“Denmark and South Korea have a mutual interest in expanding our already strong partnership – politically, commercially and on an official level,” said Rasmussen.

“Danish companies have a lot to offer and we expect that exports will continue rising in the coming years. There is a lot of interest in the Danish society model in South Korea. We can export Danish solutions and also benefit by attracting knowledge to Denmark from areas in which the South Koreans are leaders.”

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Chasing innovation
The Danish contingency, which includes representatives of 15 companies, will also make a number of political and commercial deals, discuss the security situation on the Korean Peninsula, and host a networking event regarding Danish fashion and food products.

Rasmussen will also visit a Danish-inspired ‘efterskole’ boarding school near Seoul and debate the future of welfare with students at Yonsei University.

Also travelling as part of the Danish delegation are the heads of five business organisations, representatives from Danish universities and the mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen.

“The South Korean government is focusing hard on innovation, entrepreneurship and internationalisation – areas in which we can learn a lot from one another,” said Rasmussen.