Newsletter May 2015

Chairman’s Corner – Emil Hauch Jensen


Dear members and friends of the Chamber!

The summer is upon us, and is shaping up to be both interesting and busy.

Back in Denmark the elections are on and are so far looking pretty close, so if you have the right to do so, don’t forget to vote and celebrate this important part of what it means to be a Dane.

Here in Shanghai we continue the celebrations of 65 years of diplomatic relations between Denmark and China, most recently with an event with Danish Ambassador to China Mr. Friis Arne Petersen. The event attracted a big crowd and provided an excellent possibility to hear about his 5 years in China, China-US relations, China’s global role and the current status of the Sino-Danish relations. If you missed it, please see the photo gallery below.

The weather has been kind to us in May and we hope it will be equally good to us in June. If you are spending your summer in Shanghai do make DCCC your reason to get out of the office, either to join the YP Football tournament on June 14th or to enjoy a cold drink in good company at our Danish Friday.

If your thirst is more for intellectual stimulation with some inspiration and good conversation, I highly recommend to attend the lecture about China’s “One Belt, One Road” strategy by Mary Boyd, Director in the Economist Group, hear about the latest news from Shanghai Film Festival and Danish film industry during a meeting with Danish film producers, or meet the author of China’s first Blue Book on Anti-Commercial Bribery and a leading lawyer in anti-corruption practice in China, Kate Yin, to know, how to identify, prevent and remediate commercial bribery risks in China.

As is always the case we in DCCC aim to offer you a wide variety of networking opportunities – how much or little you want to take advantage of your opportunities is of course up to you.

Best summer wishes to all of you,

Emil Hauch Jensen
Chairman of the Board, DCCC Shanghai Chapter


Denmark holds parliamentary elections on June 18th
Read here how to vote abroad



Did you miss any DCCC’s events in March?
Here are some highlights:

Accompanying Spouses Business Working Group – How to Make Career in Shanghai as a Creative Designer
May 13th at Lindberg 

(Photo collage by Laura Li)

Danish Friday – Street Party Edition
May 15th at Little Mermaid Hotdogs

(Photo collage by Laura Li)

My China Story by Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen
May 28th at Royal Danish Consulate

(Photo collage by Laura Li)


Save the dates:

Welcome Back BBQ – on Friday, September 11th at Peace Hotel roof top terrace

Business Person of Year Gala Ball – on Saturday, October 24th at Shangri-la Jingan



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Danish Classes in Shanghai and Suzhou in 2015


Here are various offers for learning Danish –  all starting in August-September 2015:

Minhang school: Danish year 1-9 for children aged 5 and upwards on Wednesdays at BISS 3.30pm-5.15pm. Two teams each with a teacher and reading assistant.

Hongqiao school: Danish year 1-9 for children aged 5 and upwards on Thursdays at SCIS at 3.15-4.45pm.

Pudong school: We would like to hear what the interest is in starting a school in Pudong, and would like to hear from anyone interested. If the interest is big enough we will then try to find a place suitable for all. We are looking to split in Danish school year 1-4 and 5-9 each with a teacher and reading assistant.

Suzhou school: We would like to hear, if you are still interested in having a school in Suzhou.

This year for the first time the students in year 9 could sit the final Danish exams here in Shanghai, and as we need to inform the Danish education ministry before December about any possible exam candidates 2016 we need to hear from anyone interested before the summer vacation.

We are starting another adult beginners course with Danish level 1 and 2, and would like to hear from anyone interested in joining. The teaching will be central Shanghai during the daytime.

As something new we will also offer:
Danish for Chinese employees, who would like to learn Danish level 1 and 2. The teaching will be held within the company office.

One to one teaching of children in speaking Danish. For children whose first language is not Danish, and the oral Danish is not fluent. The teaching will take place in their homes.


Update From The Royal Danish Consulate


Consul General opens Denmark-Shanghai business seminar on urban water solutions
On the 5th of May the Consulate General in Shanghai held the first Denmark-Shanghai Business Forum on urban waste water solutions.
Consul General Mr Nicolai Prytz gave the welcoming speech at the first Denmark-Shanghai Business Seminar on Urban Water. The overall agenda for the seminar was to inform and discuss sustainable utilization of urban water resources and management on urban water environment. The Consul General referred to Danish companies Grundfoss, Kamstrup and Danish Wastewater Equipment who all presented their visions at the seminar on better and more constructive urban waste water solutions.

The Consul General in Shanghai, Nicolai Prytz, was invited to the book launch of the new travel book about Copenhagen by author Guo Jingming
On May the 7th Consul General in Shanghai, Nicolai Prytz, attended the book launch for a new book by famous Chinese author and film director Guo Jingming at the Up Arts Gallery in Shanghai. The book is a travel guidebook about the city of Copenhagen and mentions several historical institutions and cultural sights from Copenhagen such as the Little Mermaid Statue, the literary legacy of H.C. Andersen, Tivoli and the free town of Christiania.
The Consul General further mentioned in his speech that “Danish art and culture including our literary legacy is characterized by diversity as well as inclusiveness. Based on pillars of enlightenment, equal cultural access as well as individual thought-process, Danish art and culture embrace and encourage both professional art and normal citizens daily use of and participation in culture of all kind.”

Open Denmark day at the embassy
The Royal Danish Embassy held its annual festive Open Denmark Day on the 9th of May to further showcase all facets of Denmark among Chinese people at a time when the two countries are celebrating the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations establishment. Close to 8,000 visitors enjoyed genuine Danish design, gastronomy, art performances and brand names at the Royal Danish Embassy compound in Beijing on Saturday, the 9th of May.

Denmark and China celebrated 65th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations in Beijing and Shanghai
In Beijing state leaders from Denmark and China celebrated the 65th anniversary of establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations with a gala dinner and agriculture and sustainability-themed seminar at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Monday, the 11th of May.

On May 11th Ms. Yan Junqi, Vice Chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, Mr. Manu Sareen, Danish Minister for Children, Gender Equality, Integration and Social Affairs, Mr. Wang Chao, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister, Mr. Li Gao, Vice Minister for State Bureau for Letters and Calls and Mr. Song Jingwu, Vice President of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries were present at the celebrations together with Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen.
“It is a great pleasure to be here today to celebrate the relations between Denmark and China on behalf of the Danish government,” said Manu Sareen, Minister for Children, Gender Equality, Integration and Social Affairs who was in China for the celebrations.

Following the afternoon seminar at the Great Hall of the People, Danish and Chinese companies including Kopenhagen Fur, Kjeldsens and Husheng Agriculture had an exhibition booth at site where their products and services are showcased. During the gala dinner, performers from the Music Confucius Institute of the Royal Danish Academy of Music had a joint performance with Chinese musicians. A ballet performance was orchestrated by the Royal Danish Ballet School and the Beijing Dance Academy.

In Shanghai on the 12th May the Consulate General in Shanghai celebrated together with 170 guests the 65 year anniversary with a gastronomic event featured two renowned chefs, Mr. Yu Xiao Er from China and Mr. John Kofod Pedersen from Denmark.

Denmark has long been renowned for a very high gastronomic level and by mixing Chinese modern cuisine; the Consulate General arranged an exciting food evening, with a touch of the best from both Danish and Chinese cuisine. During the event the two chefs interacted with the guests and demonstrated their cooking skills, while creating a series of Danish and Chinese fusion dishes.
“Both our cultures have a proud food tradition and a significant part of both Danish and Chinese cultures is food. This is one of the reasons why we have chosen to celebrate this anniversary with a gastronomic event,” said Mr. Nicolai Prytz, Danish Consul General in Shanghai.

Danish Cultural evening hosted in Shanghai to celebrate the 65 Year Anniversary
On Friday the 22nd May more than 60 members from the Nordic chapter of the Chinese organization “Shanghai overseas returnee scholars association” SORAS as well as social media followers of the Danish diplomatic representations in China came to enjoy the evening.
The cultural evening started with a welcoming speech by Ms Nina Espegaard Hassel – education attaché at the Innovation Centre who mentioned that many of the guests from SORSA have studied in Denmark, and after returning to China they continued their interest of Denmark.
At the evening visiting Danish Professor Lars Bo Kaspersen from University of Copenhagen gave a presentation about “The Globalization Paradox; Internationalization and economic nationalism”. After the presentation Professor Lars Bo Kaspersen engaged with the audience in a good discussion about the topic.

Ambassador gives speech at the Shanghai Forum
The 24th of May Friis Arne Petersen, Ambassador of Denmark to China, was invited to give a speech at the Shanghai Forum and join in a discussion on European and American perspectives on China’s future politics and development. The focus of the Shanghai Forum is a communication platform for academic, political and commercial communities. This year the forum was hosted by the prestigious Fudan University in Shanghai and sponsored by Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies.

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Upcoming Events 

  • Tuesday June 2nd 2015            Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius 150th Anniversary Concert
  • Tuesday June 2nd 2015            How to Build a Successful Cross-functional Team in China (Held in Suzhou)
  • Thursday June 4th 2015            Emerging Leaders – How to Develop the Leader in You
  • Thursday June 11th 2015          Nordic event: Regulatory Compliance – How to Stay out of Trouble?
  • Sunday June 14th 2015             DCCC YP Summer Football Tournament
  • Wednesday June 17th 2015      Meet the Danish Film Producers Caroline Blanco and Christian Potalivo
  • Thursday June 18th 2015          Lecture by Mary Boyd, The Economist Group
  • Friday June 19th 2015               Danish Friday
  • Friday June 26th 2015               Summer InterChamber Mixer
  • Friday July 3rd 2015                  Nordic event: China Macro Economy Overview by SEB Asia Strategist Sean Yokota
  • Friday July 17th 2015                Danish Friday

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