Danish crown prince hopes for more cultural exchanges with China

20:12, June 25, 2010      

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Denmark and China should increasingly engage in more cultural exchanges, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark says.

"There is a Danish-Chinese business forum. However I think we've reached a time in the Danish-Chinese relations, where we should focus on cultural exchanges," the Danish crown prince said in an interview Thursday with Xinhua prior to his trip to the Shanghai World Expo for the Danish national pavilion day scheduled for June 29.

The crown prince acknowledges that the Shanghai World Expo can help a lot in that aspect.

"A business forum is obviously a small forum when looking for cultural exchanges. So I hope that we can broaden out the cultural exchanges to the man in the street, and accelerate them. One of the good accelerators can be the World Expo, which can help show Danish culture, values and way of living in the city."

In this aspect, the crown prince, who himself is an avid sports enthusiast, hopes to see competitive sports play a role as a global unifier.

"Doing sports together will be a great approach between people. For example with the World Cup in South Africa, you see a lot of tourists to the country, where they can experience different cultures and such. It's very positive with big sports events," said the crown prince.

THE DANISH PAVILION A SUCCESS AT THE WORLD EXPO

The Danish pavilion at the World Expo has received a lot of attention from Chinese and international media, not least because Denmark sent its national icon, the sculpture of Little Mermaid, to the World Expo on her first overseas voyage. The Danish pavilion has attracted a surprisingly high amount of visitors already and its visitor number reached one million on June 5.

"It is always good when your own country has success in a country like China, so I am very positive about it. The expectations were of course big, with that in mind it is always a comfort that there is this interest from the audience and that the expectations have been exceeded," he said.

It is not only Danish culture that has been a success at the World Expo. Denmark's alternative energy has been showcased as an example for the rest of the world.

"Denmark is a world leader in alternative energy sources, such as wind power. But we are also very good in minimizing and conserving the loss of energy in households and in general energy-saving solutions."

The Danish way of thinking in alternative solutions to energy challenges manifests itself not only in large-scale solutions. At the Danish pavilion at the World Expo, visitors are encouraged to experience the Danish way of life, by riding bicycles around the pavilion rather than take a bus or a taxi.


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