On March 5 the Danish Consulate General in Shanghai held the event “Get to know Denmark” in order to introduce Denmark to Chinese journalists at the Consul General’s residence in Shanghai.
The event gave Chinese journalists an opportunity to learn more about Denmark, the Danish foreign ministry’s work in China, and why the Nordic countries are becoming the new supermodel for transparent and clean governance.
20 Chinese journalists from a wide variety of media including Xinhua, People’s Daily, 21st Century Business Herald, Xinmin Evening Paper, China Construction Times, Wen Hui Daily, Modern Weekly, Domus China as well as Inculture attended the event.
“Denmark is a fairy tale county with 5.6 million people, and we have a lot to offer in terms of our welfare system, culture and green energy. We want to make Denmark more visible in China and to further expand the relationship between Denmark and China and between the Danish Consulate General in Shanghai and the Chinese journalists,” said the Consul General in Shanghai, Mr. Karsten Ankjær Jensen.
Ms. Barbara Scheel Agersnap, director of the Danish Innovation Centre in Shanghai, as well as Mr. Rasmus Bjørnø, director of Invest in Denmark in Shanghai, attended the event as well as commercial officers and team leaders from the Danish representations in Shanghai. At the event each director and team leader gave a presentation about their work area to the Chinese journalists attending the event.
Denmark has throughout the past two decades reformed its welfare society, making it more agile and more in tune with the modern challenges that a globalized world present. The Danish government released a “Growth plan DK” the 26th of February that outlines its plan on how to reform the welfare state and create more jobs in Denmark.
Recently Denmark and the other Nordic countries were featured in a special report by the British magazine “The Economist” focusing on the Nordic countries as a role model and a source of inspiration for politicians and reformers by offering a blue print of “how to reform the public sector, making the state far more efficient and responsive”.