On occassion of the Crown Prince Couple’s visit to Hamburg, the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce appealed to Hamburg’s northern neighbours to support Hamburg’s Olympic bid. “We need international backing p for our cause, especially of our nearest neighbours”, said the chamber’s former president Dr. Karl-Joachim Dreyer in his welcoming speech. “The Olympic Games are a great thing, and they bring people together.” Dreyer thus discreetly referred to the fact that Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik had met at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The long road to successful bid can only succeed in cooperation with partners – and not alone by Hamburg.
Gala dinner in the Stock Exchange Hall
His Royal Highness The Crown Prince and Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess visited Hamburg with a Danish business delegation with 75 participating companies. The visit’s overall theme was Danish Living with focus on the sectors of sustainable, healthy, tasty, and stylish living. During the two-day visit, the Crown Prince Couple thus participated in the opening of business seminars and paid visits to several companies in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region, including the hospital Asklepios Klinikum in Barmbek, the Edeka supermarket in the Rindermarkthalle, and Hamburg’s Holsten brewery, a unit of Copenhagen’s Carlsberg brewery. The Crown Prince Couple also took part in business luncheons, attended, inter alia, by Denmark’s ambassador in Germany, Per Poulsen-Hansen, and a gala dinner with 450 guests at city hall, where speeches were held by Hamburg’s Lord Mayor Olaf Scholz, Hamburg’s Minister of Economy, Traffic, and Innovation, Frank Horch, and the Danish trade and development cooperation minister Mogens Jensen. Prior to the gala dinner, the Crown Prince Couple signed the golden book of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce.
Important Bilateral Business Ties
According to the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, 250 Danish companies are active in Hamburg, making the Elbe city the most important German location of Danish companies. Next to large Danish bank, companies include the Danish management consultants of Rambøll, Dong Energy, and Eurowate, a special for reliable water treatment. 1,200 Hamburg companies maintains business relations with Denmark, 200 of them with branches or affiliates in the Danish kingdom.
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