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Ambassador's Greeting

A warm welcome to the website of the Embassy of Denmark in Pretoria.

Welcome to the Embassy of Denmark in South Africa.

On March 23 2015, I became the new ambassador to South Africa.

South Africa is one of the most complex and diverse nations in the world. A true Rainbow nation – with 11 official recognized languages. Politically, culturally, and historically South Africa is a fascinating country. It is the powerhouse of Africa with the most advanced economy of the continent. South Africa is a key regional player and holds a strong position globally – as member of G20 and BRICS.

Denmark has close relations to South Africa. These relations date back to our strong support for democracy and the struggle against apartheid. Following the first democratic elections in 1994, the Danish-South African relations expanded rapidly to also include a comprehensive development assistance program.

South Africa has experienced rapid change during the past decade, and the new reality of South Africa today means that Denmark is now transforming aid relations and phasing out most of our development aid programs. Therefore, today Denmark and South Africa have developed a new partnership that spans from political dialogue and cooperation on issues of mutual interest to economic, commercial and cultural cooperation.

For many reasons, South Africa is an important strategic partner for Denmark, and new areas of cooperation need to be identified. One important area is commercial cooperation and investments. The energy sector, for instance, presents new opportunities for Danish companies who have leading competencies in the areas of wind and solar energy. Other sectors that present a potential for commercial partnerships involve health, agriculture, education, food production and processing, and water, just to mention a few.

Together with the staff at the Embassy I will strive to develop closer Danish-South African relations and promote cooperation that benefits both countries. If you want to explore in greater depth what the new partnership entails, I invite you to read the policy document Denmark-South Africa, Partnership for the Future on this website.

This website is meant to provide easy access to information about Denmark and Danish-South African relations. Should you wish additional information on the cooperation between Denmark and South Africa, or our assistance in other matters, you are very welcome to contact the Embassy.

Trine Rask Thygesen, Ambassador

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