Trade between Denmark and Thailand took off over 163 years ago

Photos: Thanks to M/S Museet for Søfart

The Danish Embassy in Bangkok takes us back in time with this historical fact about Denmark – Thailand trading relations.

This week’s ‘DID YOU KNOW’ from the embassy reads:

“DID YOU KNOW…?
Did you know that trade between Denmark and Thailand really took off after the Friendship, Trade, and Navigation treaty was signed in 1858?
After the treaty, trade rapidly increased along the sea routes and by 1910 Denmark rated 6th in volume of imports to Siam and 3rd in exports.

A remarkable level of trade between the two countries considering the large difference in size as well as the distances involved.
An interview with one of the sailors on board the Danish ship “Elsinore”, in the mid-nineteenth century, describes the warm feelings Danish sailors had towards Siam:

“𝑶𝒏 𝒃𝒐𝒂𝒓𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑬𝒍𝒔𝒊𝒏𝒐𝒓𝒆, 𝑰 𝒉𝒂𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒂𝒍𝒌 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒚 𝒔𝒆𝒏𝒊𝒐𝒓 𝒄𝒂𝒑𝒕𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒔, 𝒘𝒉𝒐 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒓𝒆𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒊𝒔𝒄𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒊𝒓 𝒊𝒎𝒑𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒆𝒙𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆𝒔 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒊𝒓 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒕𝒉 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒚 𝒘𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒊𝒏 𝑺𝒊𝒂𝒎 45 𝒚𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒔 𝒂𝒈𝒐. 𝑻𝒉𝒆𝒚 𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒊𝒓 𝒗𝒊𝒔𝒊𝒕𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒚 𝒄𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒕𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒔, 𝒏𝒐 𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒇𝒂𝒏𝒕𝒂𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒄 𝒐𝒓 𝒘𝒂𝒓𝒎𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒏 𝑺𝒊𝒂𝒎”

To this day, trade between Denmark and Thailand still flourishes and both Thai and Danish companies benefit from the strong historical and friendly relationship between the two nations.”

Photos: Thanks to M/S Museet for Søfart
Photos: Thanks to M/S Museet for Søfart

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

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