Crown Prince Frederik's Official Visit to Vietnam; November 27-December 1, 2011
Crown Prince Frederik will make an official visit to Vietnam from November 27 till December 1, 2011.
The visit is part of the 40th anniversary celebrations of the diplomatic relations between Denmark and Vietnam.
Frederik will be accompanied by a Danish business delegation, trade, culture and sports will be some of the focus areas.
Prince Frederik will meet with both President Truong Tan Sang and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung during his visit, which is to mark forty years of Danish/Vietnamese relations.
On November 29th, Frederik will attend the launch ceremony of the 'Week on Climate Change'. He will aslo cycle around Hoan Kiem Lake.
VietNamNet - Danish Prince to pedal around Hoan Kiem Lake | Danish Prince to pedal around Hoan Kiem Lake
Thank you Iceflower. Frederik must surely be tired after the past week but you certainly wouldn't know it from looking at those photos.
You are most welcome, Lady Rosie!
The above posted gallery has been updated and now also includes pics of a meeting marking the 40th
anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Denmark in Hanoi and of a visit to the Government
Office in Hanoi where Frederik met with Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
** fyens.dk: Minister: Vi skal med fra start i Vietnam ** translation **
Today, November 29, Crown Prince Frederik participated in a cycling event to promote the project
"Together we fight climate change" and attended a street festival at a park in Hanoi.
** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** Pic 4 ** Pic 5 ** ppe gallery **
** bt.dk gallery: Cykel-prinsen paa tur i Vietnam **
** sn.dk gallery: Afslappet Frederik cyklede for miljøet **
Here is a link to Getty with a selection of photos of the tour. Hope I haven't doubled up.
Getty Images - Search: prince frederik vietnam
Article re: climate change agreement
Crown Prince Frederik has met with Ho Chi Minh City's Chairman Le Hoang Quan at the City Hall
in Ho Chi Minh City today November 30, 2011 and attended a Denmark-Vietnam cartoon book
launch ceremony at a library also in Ho Chi Minh City today.
** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** daylife gallery ** ppe gallery **
:previous: I'd love to know what was going on in the third picture. Frederik's pose is making me laugh :lol:.
Frederik's visit to Vietnam has been reasonably well covered.
Here are a number of articles and galleries from Politiken:
Kronprinsen tog styringen i soldreven bil - Politiken.dk
Kronprinsen malede med oliekridt i børnehøjde - Politiken.dk
Kronprinsen slog et slag for miljøet på cykel - Politiken.dk
Kronprins Frederik besøger Vietnam - Politiken.dk
Kronprinsen sprang på cyklen for klimaet - Politiken.dk
Danmark og Vietnam skal samarbejde om klima og grøn vækst - Politiken.dk
I don't understand why there was no official program released like many of the other visits that take place. Thank you for all the pictures * information posted on this visit. Frederik looked quite happy and at ease at the events. He seemed like he was having fun!
The usual official programme has been released last weekend, the only thing is that no one has posted it here ;)
** Program for H.K.H. Kronprinsens officielle besøg i Vietnam november 2011 ** translation **
Summary of an article in Politiken that is based on Frederik's visit.
På arbejde med Kronprinsen: 20 minutters smalltalk åbner dørene - On the job with the Crown Prince: 20 minuttes of smalltalk open the doors.
Written by Elisabeth Astrup.
Kindly requested by Nordic :wave:
At some point during the visit Frederik was to sign a declaration about the co-operation between Denmark and Vietnam in regards to environmentally friendly technology.
And this is where Frederik in his capacity as a royal steps in. His job is to attract political and civil servant heavy weights. Something that is notoriously difficult for Danish companies on their own.
"Some Danes would call it smalltalk, but you should not underestimate it.
You cannot study for what I and my family are doing. It's about how to meet a person. That sort of things is face-to-face. And it's right down on the how is the mood level - is it good, is it strained"?
Nogle danskere vil kalde det her smalltalk, men man skal ikke undervurdere det«, forklarer kronprinsen om sin egen rolle.
Frederik is, on this his first day in Vietnam, to no less than four very highranking politicians and civil servants.
"It's of a big significanse that I am recieved individually by a vice president, a predsident, a foreign minister and a prime minister. That provides the opportunity for bilateral talks, as it is called. It's exciting and it's one of the first times, where I have travelled with a delegation, that there has so many different ministers on such a high level present. During the 20-30 minuttes of coversation we have, you can exchange more than just - welcome again - come back - and so on. I can also say something about the purpose of my visit this time and explain that we have something to offer from Denmark through our commerce".
From the article:
The mood in the room is solomn, but during the 20 minuttes the visits lasts, the protocol is eased a bit.
The Crown Prince does not read his speech aloud from a piece of paper. He states his points with gesticulating, sometimes with a laugh and a jovial remark. the President follow suit. And the Crown Prince says that he on behalf of his mother very much would like to invite the President on a statevisit to Denmark.
"There are several good restaurants in Copenhagen, which I will encourage the President to visit, adds the Crown Prince.
It's no coincidence that he extends the invitation at this occasion, explains Crown Prince Frederik later.
"It means a lot that the invitation is made in this way in front of others. That is noticed and noted by them".
About smalltalk, Frederik explains:
"It's obvious that you start out with polite and nice references. If you can then sense on your counterpart that you can open up the next box, that you can get closer to that person, and that you can break the protocol facades down a bit, and that you can tell that the counterpart thinks it's funny, that it is good. That can for example happen by me recalling an experience from a previous visit. Like with Vietnam, which I have always known a lot about therough my father's childhood in Norther Vietnam.
Where you can move on is by establishing some kind of connection. If you from a CV on a president or a foreign minister for example can see that he is particularly interested in a sport, which I also know something about, you can throw that into the conversation. Or if you know the region who the person in question is from, you can talk about that.
It can almost be about everything. It's about showing interest for the person you sit in front of and his country".
The man at the very top is Prime Minister Nguyen Tang Dun. He is a man who is know for a stickler of protocol. Yet Frederik soon reconnect and reestablish the good rapport between them from the visit in 2009.
And the conversation soon evolves into something cosy, as if between two mates having a chat and the PM repeatedly expresses his enthusiasm for the connections between Vietnam and Denmark, and the DRF too for that matter.
Frederik stays in the background during the subsequent talks, but his presence is felt. His job is to attract people of influence. Being a magnet.
"That about the magnet, yes, I think that's a good expression. It epitomize what I and my family can do for Denmark. Perhaps we also have a facillitator-effect, because we open some doors and draw some key figures. The exciting thing is of course for us to hear after three-six-nine months, whether it reinforced anything, and that I often think it does".
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