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Opening of new offices for General Consulate and Innovation Centre in Shanghai

23.01.2015  10:49
The new offices for the Danish General Consulate in Shanghai and Innovation Centre, Denmark was opened the 22nd of January 2015

On the 22nd of January Friis Arne Petersen, Ambassador of Denmark in China and Danish Consul General in Shanghai Nicolai Prytz inaugurated the new offices of the Royal Danish Consulate General and Innovation Centre Denmark in Shanghai.

At the reception the new office space were toured by the more than 200 guests coming from the Chinese local municipal government, Danish businesses in the Shanghai area, diplomats from other foreign representations in Shanghai, media and other partners of the Danish Consulate General and Innovation Centre Denmark in Shanghai.

 

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Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen (right) giving his opening speech during the inauguration of the new offices of the Royal Danish Consulate General and Innovation Centre Denmark in Shanghai.

During the occasion Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen also highlighted that 2015 is the 65th year anniversary of establishment of diplomatic ties between the Kingdom of Denmark and the People’s Republic of China.

“The expansion of the physical premises of the Royal Danish Consulate General in Shanghai is a great indicator of the increasing bilateral ties between China and Denmark. It shows the importance of China for Danish commercial, governmental and cultural interests,” says Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen.

“Denmark is the only country in the world that has unbroken diplomatic ties with China since 1908 and 65 years ago Denmark recognized the People’s Republic of China as one of the first Western countries to do so.”

The Royal Danish Consulate General in Shanghai have been situated at Shanghai International Trade Centre since 1994, and due to the increased importance of the bilateral relations between Denmark and China and therefore a large expansion of staff members, the Consulate General decided to relocate to a new office on the 31st floor.

Back in 1994 when the Danish Consulate General in Shanghai opened only nine Danish companies were based in the Shanghai area. Today, there are more than 200 Danish companies in the Shanghai area. It is estimated that more than 1,000 Danish citizens are living permanently in Shanghai. Shanghai is also the region that has the largest concentration of Danish business people and Danish companies.

“During the last two decades Shanghai has seen tremendous development. The city has now become one of the most important financial centres of the world. In this area, the Danish Consulate General in Shanghai is serving Danish interests in not only the metropolis of Shanghai – one of China’s most sophisticated markets – but also the surrounding provinces where there is an access to more than 200 million Chinese consumers moving into or already in the middle class segment,” says Consul General Nicolai Prytz.

In 2007, Shanghai was chosen as one of the three cities to become hosts for the Danish Innovation Centre. It reflects the importance China and Shanghai play on the international scene for innovation.

The opening in 2015 of new and larger offices for the Royal Danish Consulate General in Shanghai and Innovation Centre Denmark in Shanghai is set to continue this remarkable development.