Danish embassy releasing photo series of moments in Malaysia

This year marks the 250th anniversary of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On 24 December 1770, King Christian VII of Denmark signed the cabinet order that formally established the Ministry spearheading Denmark’s international engagement. Today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is present in more than 100 locations worldwide. Denmark and Malaysia’s diplomatic relations began not long after Malaysia achieved its independence on 31 August 1957. Ambassador Gunnar Seidenfaden presented his letters of credence to his Majesty The Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King of Malaysia) on 7 March 1958, making him officially the first representative of Denmark to Malaysia.

The feelings of the Nordic community here are saddening knowing the Royal Embassy of Denmark in Kuala Lumpur are on their departure in a month. The embassy also released photo series reliving the good times since 23 April 2021, as follow:

With just a little over a month away from the closure of the Embassy, we would like to take all our followers on a trip down memory lane. Beginning with this first post, we are bringing you back to 1958 – the year diplomatic relations between Denmark and Malaysia began, not long after Malaysia achieved its independence in 1957!

Next up was released on 26 April 2021 – Did you know that the Embassy of Denmark is located on the very same site as Denmark House?

Owned by the East Asiatic Company (EAC), this is how Denmark House looked like back in the days. Our Embassy of Denmark used to be located in this building, together with other Danish and Scandinavian companies such as Carlsberg, SAS, Dumex/ Dutch Lady and Jebsen and Jessen! This was back then.

After Denmark House was bought over by a new owner, it was demolished to make way for a new building (Wisma Denmark). The Embassy premises were located to Wisma Angkasaraya. In 1994, the Embassy moved back to the premise of Wisma Denmark (currently known as Sunway Tower) and has resided there till today. The interior design was done by a Danish Architect, Hans Carl Jacobsen who was given the task of creating a Danish setting for the Embassy – with light and functional furniture – and an inclusive and open flow of meeting rooms – offices and common spaces.
Had you been to Denmark House before?

About Zazithorn Ruengchinda

ScandAsia Journalist • Scandinavian Publishing Co., Ltd. • Bangkok Thailand

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