Den­mark, Swe­den mark 60 years of ties with Ko­rea

Scan­di­na­vian coun­tries to kick off var­i­ous cul­tural events through­out 2019

The Korea Times - - EMBASSY ROW - By Yi Whan-woo yis­[email protected]­re­

Den­mark and Swe­den will cel­e­brate the 60th an­niver­saries of their diplo­matic re­la­tions with Ko­rea this year, their em­bassies said last week.

The two Scan­di­na­vian coun­tries un­veiled a logo de­signed to high­light the an­niver­saries of their diplo­matic treaties with Ko­rea on March 11, 1959.

The lo­gos high­light the num­ber 60 and also com­bine the sim­pli­fied flags of Ko­rea as well as their own to sym­bol­ize the part­ner­ship.

For Den­mark’s logo, the de­sign­ers em­pha­sized ex­changes be­tween the two coun­tries by us­ing red and blue al­ter­nately, and us­ing pro­gres­sive and mod­ern fonts.

To mark the es­tab­lish­ment of Den­mark-Ko­rea re­la­tions, the two agreed to des­ig­nate 2019 as the “year of cul­tural ex­change,” dur­ing Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in’s of­fi­cial visit to Copen­hagen in Oc­to­ber 2018.

The cel­e­bra­tory events will take place through­out this year, aim­ing to help Danes and Kore­ans bet­ter un­der­stand each other’s cul­tures and bol­ster ex­changes.

On Jan. 16, the Korean Sym­phony Orches­tra will per­form in Copen­hagen. This will be the open­ing per­for­mance for the “year of cul­tural ex­change” and also the first from the Korean side.

“It is ex­pected to serve as a mean­ing­ful op­por­tu­nity to play works by Korean and Dan­ish com­posers, and thereby deepen friend­ship be­tween the two coun­tries,” the Em­bassy of Den­mark in Ko­rea said.

Other events will take place in Den­mark, in­clud­ing a brief­ing ses­sion on tours to Ko­rea in Fe­bru­ary; Nanta and Coreyah per­for­mances in March; the Scent of Ink per­for­mance by the Ko­rea Na­tional Con­tem­po­rary Dance Com­pany in April; a kim­chi fes­ti­val in June; and Korean film screen­ing and taek­wondo demon­stra­tions in the sec­ond half of the year.

From the Swedish side will be “Swe­den talk,” a se­ries of lec­tures held ev­ery month to give the Korean pub­lic a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of Swe­den in a wide range of ar­eas. The lec­tures will be­gin on Jan. 28.

The em­bassy plans to up­load monthly video clips about Swedish val­ues, such as in­no­va­tion and peace, on its so­cial me­dia out­lets.

Swe­den and Ko­rea will fea­ture con­tem­po­rary danc­ing in each other’s coun­try in March.

On March 31, a doc­u­men­tary about a Swedish field hos­pi­tal dur­ing the 1950-53 Korean War will be screened at Seoul Mu­seum of His­tory.

Dur­ing his visit to Copen­hagen, Pres­i­dent Moon agreed with Dan­ish Prime Min­is­ter Lars Lokke Ras­mussen to ex­pand eco­nomic and trade re­la­tions to new ar­eas, such as health and wel­fare.

Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf was among 26 for­eign lead­ers to at­tend the Py­o­engChang Win­ter Olympics in Fe­bru­ary 2018.

Logo for 60th an­niver­sary of Den­mark-Ko­rea diplo­matic re­la­tions

Logo for 60th an­niver­sary of Swe­den-Ko­rea diplo­matic re­la­tions

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