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Introducing the new Danish Ambassador to Canada

Yesterday at Rideau Hall, the new Danish Ambassador to Canada Niels Boel Abrahamsen presented his letter of credence to the Right Honourable Governor-general of Canada David Johnston. This ceremony marked the official instatement of Mr Abrahamsen as Denmark’s new Ambassador, and the continuation of the close relationship between Denmark and Canada.


(Photo: MCpl Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall © Office of the Secretary to the Governor General (2013)

Ambassador Niels Boel Abrahamsen is no stranger to North America having worked for four years with the Royal Danish Embassy in Washington, D.C. as head of the economics and trade department.

The Ambassador more recently finished a posting of a vastly different nature as Danish Ambassador in Kabul, Afghanistan. Similarly to Canada, Denmark has played a significant role in both military and civilian involvement in Afghanistan. During Ambassador Abrahamsen’s tenure there were many successful official visits as well as the completion of an important partnership-agreement ensuring vital foreign aid to the Afghan people including educational programs.

Ambassador Abrahamsen’s work in Afghanistan and extensive diplomatic experience will also serve him well in Canada - a fact pointed out by the Governor-general in his welcome speech yesterday to the new ambassador:

Denmark and Canada have long been trusted allies, sharing particular interests as parliamentary democracies and northern nations. Our two countries have worked well together in Afghanistan and North Africa, and we have frequently co-operated on Arctic issues. As you know, Canada is the current chair of the Arctic Council, and I am confident that we can take this opportunity to further our friendship and achieve shared goals.

Trading the streets of Kabul with Ottawa could certainly seem like a drastic change of scenery for the new Ambassador but in this case it will be a welcome change as it will allow Ambassador Abrahamsen to get reacquainted with North America as well as allowing him to be reunited with his family as they settle in Canada.

Read more about the event at Rideau Hall here