D 4 (Ambassador Of Denmark)


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D 4 (Ambassador Of Denmark)

  1. 1. The Vikings Are Here Ambassador of Denmark The Danish embassy in Washington is the first modern embassy in DC and is a beautiful example of what has made modern Danish architecture world famous. With its clean and clear lines and structure it is a classic example of functional, modern architecture of the mid 20th century. The garden of the Danish Ambassador’s residence (photo courtesy - Embassy of Denmark) T Lauritzen, famous also for designing Copenha- Minister has likewise met with the American he United States and Denmark gen Airport. The embassy’s interior is an eclectic President on a number of occasions in the last have always shared a strong and dynamic mix of the old and the new, which seven years. bond with unbroken diplomatic rela- characterizes the historic and yet modern country The economic ties between our two coun- tions dating as far back as 1791. The that is Denmark. tries are extensive, with the US as the largest Royal Danish Embassy on the top of The United States has not maintained such foreign investor in Denmark and our third largest Whitehaven Street in the American long and unbroken diplomatic ties with any other export market. The embassy’s commercial sec- capital symbolizes this relationship. country in the world. An example of the collabora- tion, the Danish American Business Council, The land where the embassy tion is the agreement between Denmark and the assists Danish companies aspiring to enter the stands was purchased in 1952 by US during World War II, authorizing the US to American market and vice versa. Denmark’s Ambassador to the US defend Greenland from German aggression and One of the big projects for the embassy from 1939 to 1958, Henrik Kauff- thus setting the foundation for the Thule Air Base now, and until the end of next year, is to promote mann, with money donated by as well as Denmark’s contributions to the global knowledge about and political will for an Ameri- Danish-Americans. The land was, at fight against terrorism. As a European country, can signature on an ambitious climate agreement the time, part of Dumbarton Oaks Denmark sees the US as a strategic ally in the when Copenhagen hosts the United Nations where the cornerstones of the United work for global peace and safety. Denmark cur- Climate Conference, COP15, from November Nations had been formulated a little rently has 800 soldiers stationed in Afghanistan. 30 to December 11, 2009. The embassy itself over a decade earlier. The location In this sense, due to the longstanding good has implemented a quota trade system and has was perfect for the embassy of a relationship between Denmark and the US, the become carbon neutral, just as it incorporates country which has always been a Danish Embassy in Washington, DC, headed by sustainable energy solutions in all renovation strong proponent of multilateralism Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen, has a comfort- projects. and a NATO member since 1949. able job, building on the existing cooperation The Danish Embassy was the and understanding in its daily work. Visits from first modern embassy in the Ameri- Danish Parliamentarians who come to the US to can capital and is a textbook example meet with their American counterparts are thus of mid-twentieth century Danish func- Tel + frequent and have especially been so during the tionalist architecture. It was designed www.ambwashington.um.dk presidential election campaign. The Danish Prime by the renowned architect, Vilhelm Danish Flag on tour boat (photo by Cees Van Roeden) 1 Best of DC Best of DC 33