Newsletter November/December 2015

Chairman’s Corner – Emil Hauch Jensen

Dear Friends of the Chamber!Are you getting enough value from your membership of DCCC?

I hope and believe that for the majority the answer to this question is “more than enough!” But just in case you are less than satisfied, or if you simply would like to get even more value, I have a couple of tips on how to take full advantage of your membership.

No. 1: Be an Active Member – this cannot be stressed enough. We are a member driven organization, the more you participate the more you get back.

No. 2: Join More Events – we are a proud non-profit, we offer all our events at cost, guaranteeing you that there is no better deal. Most often we charge you only for the food served and the cost of using the venue; you get the great speakers and networking opportunities all for free.

No. 3: Member Only Deals – look out for the Member Special Deals on our website and in the Community Update Newsletter. Do you have something to offer? Contact our secretariat to learn more about putting a deal on our website or in the Community Update.

No. 4: Become a Sponsor – looking for ways to participate even more, but don’t have the time? During the year, we have plenty of sponsorship opportunities.

No. 5: Become a Speaker – do you have an interesting story? Are you an expert in your field? In DCCC, we are constantly searching for the next great speaker. If that is you, please don’t be shy to contact our secretariat (please note that this is not an opportunity to promote your business, instead go for Option 3 & 4 above).

No. 6: Become a Board Member – DCCC is driven by the hard work and dedication of our volunteers on the board. That is not to say that being a board member isn’t a lot of fun and a great chance to be an active participant in DCCC. If you are interested in joining the board, please make yourself know in due time before our Annual General Meeting on March 17th.

No. 7: Give us Feedback – we are gearing up for the spring season, and we need your invaluable feedback on what kind of event’s you would like to see us arrange! Everything we do is for you, our members! Hearing back from you about how well we are doing, and getting suggestions for what we can do better or do more, is very important to us!

You can count on us to continue delivering great events of great value all through 2016. In fact, we start the new year with a very special treat! We have secured a unique private episode of Denmark’s most popular radio show Mads & Monopolet. Every Saturday since 2003 around 800,000 listeners tune in to hear Mads Steffensen and his panel of celebrities debate and solve dilemmas posed by the listeners. On January 30th Mads & Monopolet will come to Shanghai to do a special episode for a live audience of Members (and friends) of DCCC!

On behalf of the board and secretariat, please allow me to wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – we a looking much forward to seeing you in 2016!

Emil Hauch Jensen
Chairman of the Board, DCCC Shanghai Chapter

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Save the Date:

Mads & Monopolet Live Show on Saturday, January 30th (in Danish)


Come and hear the popular radio star Mads Steffensen and his 3 panelists – Signe Lindkvist, Mads Barner-Christensen and Uffe Buchard – to solve peoples’ real dilemmas during an entertaining show.Do you have an interesting and tricky dilemma for the team? Read more HERE

A big thank to our sponsors:


Did you miss our Christmas party in November? Here are some highlights:
(Photos by Rasmus Riisgaard Mortensen)
You can download all photos from our online gallery – please click HERE


Meet Our Colleagues

In this column we introduce other Danish Chambers of Commerce around the world

The Danish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong
DCC HK was constituted in April 1996. Originally named Danish Business Association, the first Chairman was Hans Schlaikier from Jebsen & Co. Today the Danish Chamber of Commerce in HK has about 100 members, equally split between Corporate Members and Individual Members. Our objective is to provide a platform for sharing of knowledge and experience between Danish and Danish-related businesses and individuals in Hong Kong.Since the closure of the Royal Danish Consulate in HK in 2012, DCC HK has played an increasingly meaningful role among the Danish community in HK. We organize 3-5 exclusive DCC HK events per annum in Hong Kong. The events are typically a combination of company presentations by HK based Danish companies and Danish or Scandinavian speakers visiting HK. We often collaborate with the other Nordic Chambers and we also have a formal cooperation with Denmark-Hong Kong Trade Association in Denmark.

In recent years we have been promoting the need for a Comprehensive Double Taxation Agreement (CDTA) between Denmark and Hong Kong. While the HK Government has been very supportive, the Danish Tax Authorities unfortunately have not been equally supportive. A small step in the right direction was taken last year with the signing of the Tax Information Exchange Agreement between Hong Kong and Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

On the social front, DCC HK’s annual Horse Racing Night and annual Danish Xmas Ball are important events among the Danes in HK.

Visit to Maersk’s Triple-E class vessel in HK organized by DCC HK


Congratulation to the Team Management 3 Module Training participants – November 2015

(Photos by Nebojsa Markovic)

On November 25th, the group of Team Management course completed the 3 module training in Chinese developed by DCCC Shanghai together with Conchius, Aperian Global and Mercuri Urval. It was celebrated with certificates presented by DCCC Shanghai Board Member Francis Hoang.

Congratulations go to the following people:


We are Pleased to Welcome our New Members:

Corporate Member:
Fairytale Company of Denmark is based on a simple philosophy: We want through our gift services and products centered around the Danish author H.C. Andersen to share a precious part of Danish culture and storytelling with China and thus enable our customers to build a bridge of mutual understanding with their Chinese business relations and employees. It is our intention to create the most authentic product for our customers and to do that we are working closely together with Odense City Museums for a strong branding of our products and gift services in Denmark and in China.Individual Members:
Ulla Lindegaard Hjorth
Allison Liu
Jørgen Christensen


News from our Members

China Experience would like to thank everyone for the attention during our 10 year anniversary in October. If you missed it, check out the picturers HEREChina Experience is looking for a Business Development Manager! Download the job description HERE

In October, Martin Bencher Shanghai together with the Innovation Center Denmark opened its doors for a group of international colleague students from Denmark. The visit was mediated by DCCC Shanghai.

Martin Bencher CCO China Jonas Frank holding a presentation about important factors of doing business in China as a foreign company.

Danish classes in Shanghai
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.
Lessons are held twice a month at West Nanjing Road. Lessons will begin in the middle of January 2016.
For further information and enrollment, please contact Camilla on


Update From The Royal Danish Consulate

Danish Environment and Food Minister Visited China
Danish Environment and Food Minister Eva Kjer Hansen concluded a four-day visit to Shanghai and Beijing on the 13th of November.
In Shanghai, the Minister witnessed the signing on the 10th of November an agreement on forging ground water partnership with state-owned Qingyuan Water Group based in Jinan, Shandong Province, a move further consolidating the Sino-Danish cooperation on best conserving and using water resources.
The Minister also participated in the “Evening of New Nordic Cuisine” at Shanghai’s landmark Peace Hotel where she and Danish master chef Umut Sakarya offered guests a unique gastronomical experience. Ms. Eva Kjer Hansen helped cook a wide variety of Danish dishes – among those the traditional flæskestegssandwich (crackling pork sandwich).
From then the delegation flew to Beijing where the Minister among other things gave an opening remark at the seminar “Promotion of Growth and Cooperation within Food Safety”, in which Denmark and China announce to launch a strategic partnership targeting inspirational exchange of know-how on common challenges.
“Denmark is known for our high level food safety, therefore we would like to join hands with China in addressing challenges in food safety,” said Danish Environment and Food Minister Eva Kjer Hansen.Denmark Heavily Represented at Sino-Nordic Young Champions Forum
On the 11th of November the Member for the Danish parliament, Carolina Maier, together with the Danish Consul General in Shanghai, Nicolai Prytz and Deputy Head of Mission in Beijing, Lars Bo Larsen, attended the opening day of the 2015 Sino-Nordic Young Champions Forum. The forum is the first of its kind and was arranged by the Chinese Youth League with support from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Municipal Government of Yiwu.
At the event the Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao held the opening speech and met with the Danish delegates. Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen sent a video greeting to the conference while Deputy Head of Mission Lars Bo Larsen participated in a session on Politicians and Entrepreneurship.
Following the conference Nordic and Chinese speakers both from Governmental institutions and young entrepreneurs as well as the Consul General Nicolai Prytz partook in planting a Sino-Nordic Friendship Tree symbolizing the relationship between the two regions.
“The conference shows that there is a potential for cooperation between the Nordic countries and China. We have much to offer each other and will all benefit from creating more opportunities and platforms for young, creative and innovative entrepreneurs,” Consul General Nicolai Prytz said

Consulate General in Shanghai wraps up Nordic Design and Innovation Week
From the 2nd of November to the 8th of November this year’s Nordic Design and Innovation Week (NDIW) took place in Shanghai for the third year in a row. The Danish Consulate General in Shanghai co-hosted the event together with the other Nordic Consulates in Shanghai in order to promote Nordic design and innovation.
The week took place at the Shanghai exhibition venue 800Show and open to the general public. The general exhibition area had more than 30 different Nordic design brands displaying interior design, digital design, inclusive design and urban design.
The Danish Consulate General in Shanghai also co-hosted seminars at the exhibition on smart cities and simplicity in Nordic design.
The Consul General in Shanghai, Mr. Nicolai Prytz gave this year’s opening speech in which he pointed out the necessity for platforms for co-operation such as NDIW.
“Nordic Design and Innovation Week 2015 is not only an exhibition and some seminars. This is a reaffirmation of a platform for cooperation between the Nordic countries and China – it is an exchange of culture. An exchange of culture that I personally believe in. An exchange of culture through which we can do great things,” the Consul General said from the stage at the opening ceremony.
After NDIW2015 Mr. Nicolai Prytz looks back a week of great succes: “Seeing what this week has done for large and small Danish companies alike, I can say with conviction that the Danish Consulate General in Shanghai is prepared to once more create this platform for Nordic design in 2016.”

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Upcoming Events

  • Friday December 18th 2015              Danish Friday
  • Thursday January 14th 2016             Event with Lars Kolind and Startup Grind
  • Friday January 15th 2016                  Danish Friday
  • January 2016                                     HR Event
  • January 2016                                     Apple Event
  • Wednesday January 20th 2016         Emerging Leaders: Know Your Own Strengths/Personality Test
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  • Monday February 1st 2016                Mads Steffensen: The Story Behind Mads & Monopolet
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