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WORLD | 14-03-2019 09:39

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark set for visit to Argentina

Danish exports of goods and services to Argentina totalled US$425 million in 2017, while exports from Argentina to Denmark reached US$225 million.

Buenos Aires will host royalty next week, when the Queen of Denmark visits Argentina.

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark will visit the country next week hoping to strengthen commercial, political and cultural ties, as well as explore potential business partnerships, the Danish Embassy said Wednesday. The royal delegation will be received at the Casa Rosada by President Mauricio Macri and First Lady Juliana Awada on Monday.

The Queen will be accompanied by Crown Prince Frederik, Foreign Affairs Minister Anders Samuelsen, and Environment and Agriculture Minister Jakob Ellemann-Jensen. A delegation of 30 leading Danish companies – representing sectors like agriculture machinery, water, biogas, and healthcare – will also travel to Buenos Aires for a set of meetings with Argentine businesses Tuesday.

Both nations see room for potential growth in the trade relationship. Danish exports of goods and services to Argentina reached US$425 million in 2017, while exports from Argentina to Denmark totaled US$225 million. Medical and pharmaceutical supplies make up over 50 percent of the products imported by Argentina to date, totaling about US$125 million. In 10 first ten months of 2018, Danish exports to Argentina grew 20.8 percent.

"Argentina is a country with a cultural identity that facilitates access to the Danes, which can function as a gateway to the rest of the region,” said Søren Vøhtz, Ambassador of Denmark in Argentina. “It is a very important partner for Danish companies, both in terms of exports and investments.”

Many Danish ex-pats have carved out a home in the country, as over 50,000 Danish nationals and descendants live in Argentina. Most have settled in agricultural zones like Tandil, Necochea and Tres Arroyos, but some chose some Buenos Aires or Misiones. Prince Frederik André will lead a visit to Tandil on Wednesday, and will stop at a Danish Church that was founded by immigrants there.

The Queen’s three-day itinerary also includes visits to La Bombonera, iconic home of the Boca Juniors football club, the Teatro Colón and the Parque de la Memoria in the capital.

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