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Denmark and Vietnam

 The most important official events of the past 47 years - an overview  

Halong Bay, Vietnam.

2018: Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc payed an official visit to Denmark on October 19th to 20th in connection with the P4G-summit. Vietnam is among the original P4G partner countries along with Denmark, Mexico, South Korea, Chile, Ethiopia and Kenya. In addition to participating in the P4G-summit, as part of his official program, Prime Minister Phuc had an audience with her Majesty the Queen and a bilateral meeting with the Danish Prime Minister. The meeting was an opportunity to discuss the close bilateral relations, including the marking of the fifth anniversary of the Danish-Vietnamese Comprehensive Partnership Agreement, signed in 2013. After their meeting the two Prime Ministers witnessed the signing of a number of agreements on i.a. renewable energy and energy efficiency, food safety and sustainability as well as on health and education.

2018: Ambassador Kim Højlund Christensen replaces Charlotte Laursen.

2018: The Danish Minister of Health, Ellen Trane Nørby visited Vietnam in April with the purpose of enhancing the Danish-Vietnamese bilateral cooperation, especially within the field of health. During her visit, Ellen Trane Nørby met with Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien and payed a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Ellen Trane Nørby also visited Bach Thuan Commune Health Station in the Thai Binh province and Hanoi Medical University where she met with a number of master students and principals. Furthermore, Ellen Trane Nørby witnessed the signing of a partnership agreement between University of Copenhagen, University of Southern Denmark and Thai Binh University of Medicine and Pharmacy. 

2017: Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Ms. Ulla Tørnæs visits Vietnam in May with the purpose of enhancing Vietnam - Denmark bilateral partnership. This visit will focus on 4 sectors: education, food safety, environment and health. The visit also pushes for transformation of the Green Global Goals Forum 3GF of which Vietnam is the 8th core member. Tørnæs joined 3GF Asia Roundtable Discussions together with Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Mr. Trần Hồng Hà. The Minister also met with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung, Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam, and Vice Minister of Health Le Quang Cuong. These meetings focused on Vietnam – Denmark comprehensive partnership and sector cooperation.

2016: Minister of Foreign Affairs Kristian Jensen visits Vietnam in October on occasion of the 45th year anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Denmark. The aim of the visit is to further strengthen bilateral trade. Kristian Jensen meets with Prime Minister Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Pham Binh Minh, Minister for Planning and Investment Mr. Nguyen Chi Dung, HCMC People's Committee and representatives from Civil Society. Kristian Jensen also visits Ngoc Lam Primary School, Manzi Art Space and three Danish companies, who operate in Vietnam.

2015: Minister for the Environment and Food Eva Kjer Hansen visits Vietnam in November along with a larger business delegation. Eva Kjer Hansen and the Vietnamese Minister for Natural Resources and the Environment, Mr. Quang, signs a MoU, which makes Vietnam the 8th partnering country in the Global Green Fotum (3GF) headed by Denmark. Furthermore, she meets with Vice Prime Minister, Mr. Hai, and the Vietnamese Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Phat.

2015: His Royal Highness the Prince Consort visits Vietnam as a Protector of WWF Denmark October 28 - November 5.

2015: Ambassador Charlotte Laursen replaces John Nielsen.


2015: Minister of Education, Christine Antorini, visits Vietnam in March along with a larger delegation of Danish educational institutions and organizations. The aim is to help profile Danish educational competencies and to foster bilateral cooperation within education.   

2015: Minister of Trade and Development, Mogens Jensen, visits Vietnam in January and heads a larger export drive with a focus on environment, energy and food. Mogens Jensen i.a. meets Prime Minister Dung and inaugurates the Danish Growth Council for Vietnam, the first of its kind, which is a knowledge-sharing forum for Danish ministries and Danish companies operating in Vietnam. The council is to underpin synergy amongst Danish political and commercial activities in Vietnam.

2013: His Royal Highness the Prince Consort visits Vietnam January 30 to February 5.

2013: President Truong Tan Sang pays an official state visit to Denmark in September. Here the bilateral Comprehensive Partnership Agreement (CPA), which is the cornerstone of the future cooperation between Denmark and Vietnam, is signed.

2013: Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Villy Søvndal, and later Minister of Trade and Investment, Pia Olsen Dyhr, visit Vietnam. During his visit, the Foreign Minister discusses the strengthened bilateral partnership in a number of areas, including Commercial partnerships in Green Growth.

2012: Minister of Climate, Energy and Buildings, Martin Lidegaard, visits Vietnam in November to expand the bilateral cooperation within green growth as well as fostering a reorganization of the Vietnamese energy production away from fossil fuels.

2012: The Presidium of the Danish Parliament pays an official visit to Vietnam in March. Here the Presidium members meet the Chairman of the National Assembly, Nguyen Sinh Hung, as well as a paying a courtesy call to Prime Minister Dung.

2012: Primeminister Helle Thorning-Schmidt visited Vietnam in November. The goal of the visit was to promote Danish commercial opportunities in the growing Vietnamese economy. The Primeminister launched a new Growth Strategy for Vietnam which is aimed at strengthening ties between Denmark and Vietnam. During her visit, the Primeminister her colleague as well as His Excellency the President of Vietnam.

2011: His Highness the Crown Prince, accompanied by Minister for Trade and Investments Pia Olsen Dyhr, visit Vietnam November 27th to December 2nd to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Denmark and Vietnam. A business delegation with 40 Danish companies and educational institutions joined the Crown Prince in the celebrations. The Crown Prince had meetings with, among others, President Troung Tan Sang, Vice-President Nguyen Thi Doan, Premier Minister Ngyuen Tan Dung and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Min. During his visit, the Crown Prince witnessed the signing by the Danish Minister for Trade and Investments and the Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs of a Strategic Partnership between Denmark and Vietnam on climate change, the environment, energy and green growth. The Partnership also establishes the framework for a more comprehensive cooperation agreement to be signed in 2012/13. Finally, the Crown Prince participated in a series of business promotional and cultural activities in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

HRH Crown Prince Frederik; Ambassador to Vietnam, John Nielsen and Minister of Trade and Investment, Pia Olsen Dyhr with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pham Binh Min.

2011: The Danish Minister for Education Troels Lund Poulsen visits Vietnam June 30th to discuss the possibilities for a collaboration in the area of educational.

2010: Ambassador John Nielsen replaces Peter Lysholt Hansen.

2009: Her Majesty the Queen, His Royal Highness the Prince Consort, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince and Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess accompanied by Minister for Culture Carina Christensen and Minister for Environment Troels Lund Poulsen visit Vietnam from November 1st to 9th. Among others, the Royal Family meets the President Nguyen Minh Triet, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and General Secretary Nong Duc Manh. Moreover, a business delegation including 68 Danish companies and a culture delegation participated in the visit. 

2009: Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung accompanied by a business delegation visit Denmark from November 15th-20th. The Prime Minister meets the Danish Prime Minister, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Minister for Development Cooperation, the Minister for Education, the Minister for the Environment, Her Majesty the Queen, the Chairman of the Parliament as well as several Danish business representatives.

2009: Minister for Education Bertal Haarder visits Vietnam from the March 2nd to 4th to attend, among others, the meeting on education in ASEM.

2009: Minister for Employment Claus Hjort Frederiksen visits Vietnam from the 2nd to the 4th of March accompanied by the leaders of The Danish Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) and the Confederation of Danish Employers (DA) to participate in a tripartite seminar and discuss labour market policies among other issues.

2009: Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tørnæs visits Vietnam January 18-21.

2008: Vice Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung visits Denmark June 9th-11th accompanied by Minister of Employment Nguyen Thi Kim Nhan.

2008: Vice Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visits Denmark September 15th-20th.

2007: Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tørnæs visits Vietnam and co-hosts the summit in the Mekong River Commission with Minister for Agriculture Phat.
The Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ulrik Federspeil visits Vietnam. The Joint Governmental Committee on trade, investments and technological cooperation is established in connection with the political consultations. The first meeting is held in Copenhagen.

Prince Joachim visiting the Mekong Delta

2006: In his capacity as Protector of Care Denmark, His Royal Highness Prince Joachim visits Vietnam and Cambodia.

Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tørnæs meeting with Minister for Planning and Investments Vo Hong Phuc

2005: An extensive Danish business delegation visits Vietnam.
Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tørnæs visits Vietnam. 

2004: Ambassador Peter Lysholt Hansen replaces Bjarne H. Sørensen.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Per Stig Møller visits Vietnam in connection with the ASEM V summit in Hanoi.
Vice Prime Minister Vu Khoan visits Denmark.

2003: His Royal Highness the Prince Consort visits Vietnam accompanied by a large business delegation.
The Parliament’s Committee for Foreign Affairs visits Vietnam.
Minister for Interior Affairs Do Quang Trung and Minister for Environmental Affairs Mai Ai Truc visit Denmark.

2002: Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, Minister for Foreign Affairs Nguyen Duy Nien and Minister for Trade Troung Dinh Tuyen visit Denmark in connection with the ASEM IV summit in Copenhagen.

2001: Minister for Planning and Investments Tran Xuan Gia visits Denmark.
Ambassador Bjarne H. Sørensen replaces Ove Ullerup.

2000: Vietnam inaugurates its embassy in Denmark.

1999: His Royal Highness Prince Consort Henrik visits Vietnam for the first time since his upbringing in the country.
Minister for Development Cooperation Jan Trøjborg visits Vietnam.

1997: Ambassador Ove Ullerup replaces Niels Julius Lassen.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Niels Helveg Petersen visits Vietnam.

1996: Minister for Taxation Carsten Koch visits Vietnam.

1995: Denmark and Vietnam enter into an agreement on double taxation.
Preme Minister Vo Van Kiet visits Denmark.
Minister for Development Cooperation Poul Nielson visits Vietnam.

1994: Under Ambassador Niels Julius Lassen, the Royal Danish Embassy reopens in Hanoi. Furthermore, Vietnam is selected to be a partner country for Danish development cooperation.
Minister for Development Cooperation Helle Degn visits Vietnam.
Minister of Fisheries Ta Quang Ngoc visits Denmark.

1993: The Danish Parliament’s Finance Committee visits Vietnam.

1992: The first Danish business delegation visits Vietnam.

1991: The Danish aid program is slowly reinitiated, primarily supplying former Danish aid projects with spare parts.

1983: Along with most western countries, Denmark decides to withdraw her representation from Hanoi as a response to Vietnam’s invasion of Cambodia in 1978.

1971: The Royal Danish Embassy opens in Hanoi led by a Chargé d’Affairs.