Iceland and Denmark have strong ties. From 1397 to 1944 the nation had a common monarch under the Danish king and in the period 1814 to 1918 Iceland was part of the Danish kingdom. This week, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark has begun a visit to Iceland with a meeting at the presidential residence, Bessastadir, where he was officially received by the President of Iceland, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson.
The dinner at the Icelandic presidential residence, on October 12th 2021, was also attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iceland, as well as the Ambassador of Denmark to Iceland, the Icelandic Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources, and the Icelandic Minister of Industry and Innovation.
The visit is part of a two day Danish business promotional campaign in Iceland, which the Crown Prince is leading. The business promotional campaign focuses on strengthening Denmark’s commercial cooperation on green solutions with Iceland.
The official business promotional campaign begins on October 13th 2021 in the Gróska Business Growth Centre, after which His Royal Highness will visit Reykjavik Energy and the Ministry of Industry and Innovation. Crown Prince Frederik is accompanied by a delegation of ten Danish business owners.
The visit will conclude with a royal inspection of the ship Triton. The ship monitors the Arctic, among other things in collaboration with the Icelandic Coast Guard, and the President and the Crown Prince will receive a guided tour of the ship and talk to the crew.
This is Crown Prince Frederik’s first official journey abroad in two years. Last November, Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik were to head a major Danish business delegation in the Netherlands. As a result of the coronavirus situation, that visit was first postponed and later carried out digitally. The visit to Iceland is therefore Crown Prince Frederik’s first physical business promotion since the Crown Prince and Crown Princess visited France back in October 2019.