Treaty of Friendship is a cornerstone of the historical relations between Thailand and Denmark

King Frederik VII of Denmark, who sent his convoy to Siam to sign the friendship, trade and navigation treaty.

In celebrating 400 years of relations between Denmark and Thailand, The Embassy of Denmark in Bangkok shares a very interesting update on one of the cornerstones of the historical relations between the two nations.

In their series of β€œDid you know”, the Embassy writes the following:

Did you know that one of the cornerstones of the historical relations between Thailand and Denmark is the Treaty of Friendship, Trade, and Navigation which was signed on this exact day in 1858?
The treaty was signed by H.M. King Frederik VII of Denmark, H.M. King Mongkut, and H.M. King Pinklao of Siam, and the strong relationship between the two nations is emphasized in the first article of the treaty, which reads:

β€œπ‘»π’‰π’† π’‡π’“π’Šπ’†π’π’…π’”π’‰π’Šπ’‘ π’ƒπ’†π’•π’˜π’†π’†π’ 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’•π’˜π’ π’„π’π’–π’π’•π’“π’Šπ’†π’” 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒃𝒆 π’Žπ’‚π’Šπ’π’•π’‚π’Šπ’π’†π’… 𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’”π’‚π’Œπ’† 𝒐𝒇 π’ˆπ’π’π’… π’“π’†π’π’‚π’•π’Šπ’π’π’” 𝒂𝒏𝒅 π’„π’π’π’—π’†π’π’Šπ’†π’π’• 𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒅𝒆 π’ƒπ’†π’•π’˜π’†π’†π’ 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒖𝒃𝒋𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒃𝒐𝒕𝒉 π’„π’π’–π’π’•π’“π’Šπ’†π’”β€.

The treaty became the stepping-stone for the first diplomatic activities between Denmark and Thailand and two years later, the first Danish consulate was established in Bangkok with Dane Frederik KΓΈbke as Consul.
In 1882 the first Siamese Ambassador to Denmark, H.S.H Prince Prisdang Xumsai, was appointed.

The 163-year-old treaty is still relevant today as a symbol of strong relations between the two kingdoms, making Denmark the oldest friend of Thailand in the Nordic region.

King Mongkut (Rama IV) who signed the friendship, trade and navigation treaty with Denmark.
(Photo courtesy of The National Archives of Thailand)
Painting of a Thai diplomatic delegation who came to Denmark in 1891.

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ScandAsia Journalist β€’ Scandinavian Publishing Co., Ltd. β€’ Thailand

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