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Danish Constitution Day 2022


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H.E. Tom Nørring, Ambassador of Denmark to Ghana

Leading a new approach to bilateral diplomacy in Ghana By Patrick Paintsil Denmark celebrated 60 years of diplomatic relations with Ghana last year, deepening a seamless and mutually engaging socio-political and economic partnership that reaffirms its position as one of the first countries recognize and work diplomatically with our nation when it gained its independence and sovereignty from colonial rule. It has a been a successful diplomatic marriage that has birthed several benefits to both parties, with Ghana obviously being the biggest beneficiary in terms of technical and infrastructural support in almost every sphere of the economy. For decades of this cooperation, Denmark is largely positioned as a dependable and reliable donor and development aid partner, despite being a relatively small country. Through its developmental agency, DANIDA, Ghana has witnessed the construction and subsequent ownership of turnkey projects in the several sectors of healthcare, education, judiciary and maritime transport as well as interventions in human rights and access to clean water. But in 2020, Denmark phased out its development assistance to Ghana to be replaced by a new approach that runs on the wings of Danish businesses and agencies that are committed to making marked impact in the local economy. “It’s not as though we totally phased out because we decided to continue with what we call transitional assistance in the area of good governance, democracy and human rights,” Danish Ambassador to Ghana, Tom Norring, said in an interview with

Business24. To supplement Government’s effort in providing access to water, Denmark has together with Ghana Water Company – and with UNICEF as implementing partner – supported eight low income communities in Kumasi and Accra, with access to clean water. This support has a direct impact on health systems, especially for women and children. Whilst Danish water technology giant leads innovations in clean water access in deprived and remote parts of Ghana, another Danish global pharmaceutical brand Novo Nordisk is championing investments and health solutions in the prevention, treatment and care for diabetes which is a major health concern in this country. Investments are core to further developing Ghana’s economy and thus also of the Danish approach to future cooperation with Ghana. In this regard it is important that Ghana ensures framework conditions that are conducive to investments, including providing the predictability needed to reach the full potential of the private sector. These a few of the Danish government’s new bilateral diplomacy strategy for Ghana in the absence of directly funded developmental programmes and donor grants, in addition to its strong support to the country’s dominant maritime and trade sector. In furtherance of this, the Danish Embassy has now deployed strategic sector cooperation where it no longer bring grants to Ghana but has sector experts at

the Embassy who lead the newly-formed expert-to-expert cooperation as the bridge or link between Ghanaian businesses and their Danish counterparts, and according to the ambassador this arrangement has been largely successful. “We have advantages and built expertise in various fields including water technology that we now export to the world and as part of our focus; we still think that they serve a huge purpose in Ghana as we seek to transition from aid to trading,” Mr. Norring noted. Denmark ranks first in Europe in the areas of digitalization and tech-based innovations and among the top-five in the United Nations aside boasting one of the strongest e-governments across the world and according to the ambassador, the embassy is also committed to the digitalization of the Ghanaian economy. “This is again an area that we’ll like to contribute because we have frontrunners in the fields of tech and digitalization; we are very good at setting up businesses and offer solutions on the ease of doing business. We have a lot to contribute; we have Danish companies that have many years of experience in building up and digitizing the public sector in Denmark.” This is Denmark’s new way of establishing partnerships with Ghana and its business community which it believes will be very sustainable within the context of public private partnerships that will position Ghana as a strong trading partner and not as a recipient of aid.

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Danish Constitution Day 2022 TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2022



Margins Group shares success story as it celebrates Danish Constitution Day This year, the Margins Group of companies will celebrate its 33rd anniversary. Our story is one of continuous progression; a small start-up company built on a single $100 bill and an unwavering commitment to our vision to be Global leaders in Identification, Data and Document Systems, Transactions and Solutions. Today, that start-up company has five thriving subsidiaries, hundreds of employees and is on a mission to take that expertise global. Our products, services and solutions have gone through their own evolution, from the document finishing products of the 90’s; printing, binding and lamination. And today; software development, digitalization, the Internet of things, and our biggest product thus far, the provision of a unique, verifiable multifunctional smart card affectionately called The Ghana Card. The Ghana Card has been dubbed one of the foremost National Identity Systems in the world; with its layers of security, The Ghana Card has 3 profiles; the E-ID profile, the passport profile (ICAO), and Match on Card profile that facilitates the storing and processing of biometric data. All the data stored on the Ghana Card is highly encrypted in accordance with international standards, and by PKI and digital certificates that prevent unauthorized access to the data on the card and the database. Its dynamic flexibility facilitates access and connects with all interfaces where identity is required both digitally and physically; this card is a game changer is this new digital economy. Margins ID Group and its subsidiaries, are extremely proud to have conceptualized, designed and built the Ghana Card as well as the Non-Citizen Ghana Card both in use by over 17 million Ghanaian

nationals and non-nationals. With globally respected certifications such as EMV, (VISA & Mastercard), ISO and Integraf, we have set the pace as identity architects in Ghana and delivered fully integrated products, solutions, and services to clients both locally and internationally. Our success story could not be told without highlighting key collaborations – collaboration between our exemplary staff of industry experts, with our public partners the National Identification Authority of Ghana, and our clients from both the public and private sector. My collaboration with Denmark is built first on friendship; friendship with my Danish partner Peter Blom and our mutual love of business. Our friendship has had serendipitous results – the building of the internationally certified production facility Intelligent Card Production Systems (ICPS) in Accra, Ghana and other notable initiatives. Margins ID Group will continue to take its expertise, products, services and solutions global; you can expect many international collaborations in the years to come. I wish all Danes a very Happy Danish Constitution Day! From me to you, Tillykke; Congratulations. Moses K. Baiden JNR

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Fun facts about Denmark 1. One of the happiest countries in the world Denmark has been named the world’s happiest country on numerous occasions, and remains to be very near top of the UN World Happiness Report, we’re currently second. If you want a few insider tips on how you can get a bit more happiness in your life, you should check out our guide on 12 ways you can get happy in Denmark.

6. We don’t have any mountains, so biking is never uphill Denmark is known around the world for its bike culture, and the fact that our country is quite flat is definitely an advantage in this matter. But we also have more than 12,000km of cycle tracks and lanes throughout the country which makes biking in Denmark a safe and respected way to travel. We even enjoy cycling so much that 75% continue biking all through winter and we have a Cycling Embassy. 7. More than 50% of Copenhageners cycle to and from work every day Copenhageners cycle an average of 3km every day and this adds up to people cycling 35 times around the world every day in Copenhagen! The bicycle is clearly the preferred mode of transport in Denmark - only 4 out of 10 Danes own a car but a whopping 9 out of 10 Danes own a bike. Some of us have more than one!

2. The Danish language has no word for “please” Don’t think we Danes are impertinent if we forget to say please when asking for a favour, we’re simply not used to use it in a sentence as there is no direct translation for “please” in Danish. 3. The oldest flag in the world First acknowledged in 1219, the Danish flag “Dannebrog” remains the oldest state flag in the world still in use by an independent nation. Turning 800 years has never looked better - and we’ll celebrate it in true Danish birthday fashion, with a bunch of flags of course.

8. The Danish alphabet has 3 additional letters: Æ, Ø, and Å The Danish language is said to be one of the most difficult ones to learn due to a bunch of silent letters and complex pronunciation. But we’ve added a bit more to the challenge. Let us introduce you to three letters you won’t come across in the English alphabet: Æ, Ø and Å.

4. We have a word for that cosy feeling of togetherness, Hygge Hygge is a term that goes far in illuminating the Danish soul. In essence, Hygge is about creating cosy social gatherings and intimate gettogethers with family and friends. It’s the feeling of wellbeing and a warm atmosphere. You can also feel the notion of hygge in the streets of Copenhagen - literally. Walk down some the old narrow, cobbled streets, dating back several hundred years. These streets invite you to take intimate walks next to colourful houses, small coffee shops and vintage boutiques. 5. Danish pastry actually origins from Vienna In the 1840s, some Austrian bakers settled themselves in Denmark and introduced the beloved pastry. For this reason Danish pastry is actually called “wienerbrød” or “Viennese bread” in Denmark. But hey, let’s keep this well-hidden secret between us, shall we? Because, we’ve certainly perfected the craft of pastries. Just saying.

9. We have some weird Danish traditions We don’t mind admitting that some of our Danish traditions seem rather weird to the modern eye, as they include batting at a black cat in a barrel at the annual carnival “fastelavn” and burning a witch on a bonfire at Sankt Hans (midsummer’s eve). But don’t worry, we’ve toned down the craziness a bit, so nowadays the barrels are simply decorated with cut out versions of black cats and the bonfires only burn doll versions of witches. 10. You’ll find the two oldest amusement parks in the world in Denmark If this isn’t a fun fact, we don’t know what is! Denmark is home to the world’s oldest amusement park, Bakken, just a 20 minute train ride from Copenhagen Central Station. The second oldest, Tivoli Gardens, is right next to the same station smack bang in the centre of our vibrant capital. Both of them are a great starting point for a fun-filled day - and that’s just a fact!

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11. LEGO® was invented by a Dane The world-famous LEGO® brick was invented by Dane Ole Kirk Christiansen in the town of Billund in 1949. Nowadays you can visit the original LEGOLAND® and learn more about this renowned toy at LEGO® House. We’re also proud of the fact that since 2018, LEGO’s toy plants and other leafy pieces have been made with sugarcane-based plastic. That’s right. And, they’re close to perfecting the bricks made with recycled plastic. Fun and friendly to the planet! What could be better? 12. Denmark has 444 islands, but only 76 of them are inhabited This means that there are plenty of opportunities for you to go on an island getaway! Some of our favourite and most popular island retreats are the islands of Ærø, Rømø, Bornholm, and Læsø. Bornholm and Samsø were voted as the EU’s most sustainable islands back in 2020, so if you like green living, look no further. 13. You’ll never be more than 52km from the ocean in Denmark! If you’re looking for a real challenge while you’re in Denmark, try not to see the ocean at one point. This is one challenge you’ll most likely be unable to complete as you cannot be more than 52km from the ocean in Denmark.


14. The Copenhagen harbour is clean enough to swim in There are plenty of sandy beaches within 30 minutes of the city centre, but you can also just take a dip in harbour as the water is clean enough to swim in. You’ll find a handful of harbour baths along Copenhagen’s harbour, such as at Islands Brygge, Kalvebod Brygge, and Nordhavn. Oh and by the way, you’ll also find clean harbours in our other big cities Aarhus, Odense and Aalborg. 15. You can drink water from the tap Not only are our city harbours clean enough to swim in, but we can also drink water straight from the tap. You can enjoy this privilege as well during your stay as you’ll find some of the world’s cleanest tap water in Denmark. 16. There is an unofficial Danish law for “no one is better than the other” It is called “Janteloven”, and it plays a key part of the Danish culture and mentality where everyone is accepted and equal. Janteloven is also a main reason why Danes tend to say that it goes well for us (Denmark as a whole) when for instance Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays Jamie Lannister in Game of Thrones or Lukas Graham’s album reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200.

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Danish agribusiness firms explore opportunities in Ghana’s agriculture sector A delegation of eight Danish companies visited Ghana from the 17th - 20th May to explore the market opportunities and expand the strong commercial relations between Denmark and Ghana in the food and agriculture sector. The trip was organised by the Embassy of Denmark in collaboration with the Danish Agriculture and Food Council. The main theme of the visit was the challenge of post-harvest food loss and the delegation explored how innovative Danish solutions can help solve this problem and at the same time increase sustainable economic growth in the food and agriculture sector in Ghana. Through the interactions, the companies sought to gain market insights and build relationships with potential customers and key partners in the food and agriculture sector. Post-harvest food loss and waste is a major challenge in Ghana, and it is estimated that more than 50percent of the production in selected value chains is lost before it reaches the consumer.

Danish Ambassador to Ghana, Tom Nørring, said of the event: “Based on the principle of producing more with less, Danish companies are world-leaders in developing sustainable solutions that improve resource efficiency and add value to the agricultural sector. That is why Danish companies are in a strong position to collaborate with Ghanaian partners in scaling up the agroindustry in Ghana and we look forward to facilitating that with this delegation.” As part of the programme, the delegation visited several companies in greater Accra including Niche Cocoa Industries, Blueskies, Arla Foods Ghana and Transmed with the aim of showcasing successful businesses in Ghana and exploring the challenges that call for action through partnerships. The delegation also met with regulators and government stakeholders to learn more about relevant sector programmes and the framework conditions for doing business in Ghana, hosted by Ghana Investment Promotion Centre. Finally, the embassy of Denmark and

the Danish Agriculture and Food Council also hosted a business forum with a core focus on matchmaking and B2B meetings as well as discussions on how reducing food loss can lead to a more green, safe and prosperous food and agriculture sector in Ghana. The Danish companies participating in the delegation are Arla Foods Ghana, Cimbria, DanBred, Danfoss, Foss Analytics, Maersk Ghana, Orana, and TITAN Containers. Some are exploring the market opportunities in Ghana and some have already made major investments in Ghana as a regional hub for their activities. The companies provide solutions in almost all areas of the food and agriculture value chains such as cold chain, transport, food safety, food processing, storage, machinery and more.

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Best places to visit in the magical city Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, is by far the largest city in the country. Here, you’ll find a multitude of tourist attractions to please even the pickiest of travelers. For instance, the Parliament (Folketing) at Christiansborg, familiar to many through the Danish smash-hit TV series Borgen, and the residence of the Royal Family at Amalienborg are unmissable. Arguably Scandinavia’s most relaxed capital city, Copenhagen has a distinctly European feel, a friendly street-life, and unique café culture that will make you want to return time and time again. The city is perfect for wandering through at your leisure, or alternatively, make like a local and hop on a bike, the preferred mode of transport for many. Throughout the city, there’s a nautical vibe reflected in the colorful shore-side homes of Nyhavn and tall ships docked along the quays. Remember, too, that this is where many would claim the much-vaunted Nordic food revolution began. As a consequence, Copenhagen is home to a great number of cutting-edge restaurants including world-renowned Noma, where tables must be booked months, if not years, in advance. For ideas on the best places to visit in this magical city, read our list of the top attractions in Copenhagen.

On the tiny island of Slotsholmen is the Danish seat of government and an attraction that should top any visitor’s agenda. Christiansborg boasts more than 800 years of history and today, the palace is home to the Parliament, the Prime Minister’s Office, and the Supreme Court. In addition, several parts are still used by the Royal House, although thankfully, much is open to the public. Occupying the site where Bishop Absalon built the earliest fortifications of the city in 1167, the ruins of the bishop’s castle and the medieval fortress were discovered when the present palace was under construction. They can now be seen by visitors. 3. National Museum of Denmark

1. Tivoli Gardens

Walking from Town Hall Square and crossing H.C. Andersens Boulevard brings you to the inspiration behind the Disney theme parks: the famous Tivoli amusement park and pleasure gardens dating from 1843. It’s impossible to miss the grand entrance at Vesterbrogade. Here, visitors are welcomed through a dramatic archway flanked by columns. No matter what time of year you visit, Tivoli feels festive. Inside the gardens, you’ll wind your way through a village complete with cute shops and a lake adorned by well lit trees that are mirrored serenely in the water. That’s likely the only serenity you’ll find in this miniature theme park, which brings out the kid in every visitor. Here, you’ll also find more than 20 attractions, including a roller coaster; roundabouts; halls of mirrors; pantomime, puppet, and openair theaters; a wealth of restaurants and cafés; flower gardens; and a Moorish-styled concert hall, which is particularly pleasing when lit up at night. The park is famous worldwide and appears in many movies. Indeed, some might say it’s the most famous attraction in Copenhagen. At Christmas, Tivoli becomes an extravagantly decorated wonderland.

An easy 10-minute walk from Tivoli along Vestergade brings you to the National Museum (Nationalmuseet), a must-see attraction for anyone with an interest in Danish history and culture. Some impressive runic stones are on display here, and the Danish history collection includes a sun chariot (cult object in the form of a cart) that is more than 2,000 years old, Romanesque and Gothic church fittings, Danish porcelain and silver, and collections of antiquities and coins. The ethnographical collection, including items from Greenland, gives an excellent impression of life among the Eskimos. Inside, you’ll also find collections from other interesting areas including, Asia, Africa and Oceania, as well as the culture of the Indians. That’s not all! Here, you’ll also find the Prince’s Palace (1744), a Rococo building influenced by the French style of the period. Around fiveminutes’ stroll from the National Museum, Thorvaldsen’s Museum is also worth a visit to view spectacular works from this famous Danish sculptor. 4. Nyhavn Harbor

2. Christiansborg Palace

To the rear of Amalienborg lies Nyhavn (New Harbor), which is flanked by a street of the same name. This enchanting area is a hub of activity, especially during summer. Brightly painted gabled buildings line the canal, adding a splash of color to dreary days and enticing visitors to stop in for a peek at the wares for sale in the shops and a tasty bite in the restaurants and cafés that call this place home. At the end of the harbor, an anchor serves as a memorial to Danish

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sailors who lost their lives in World War II. Nyhavn was once a disreputable quarter of the city, but now, with its majestic feel, it is a particularly charming part of Copenhagen that features in countless images of the city. Idyllic museum ships lie at anchor, including a lightship (Fyrskib) dating from 1885. From Nyhavn, hydrofoil and catamaran services operate to Sweden, as well as sightseeing trips around the harbor and along the canal.


6. Town Hall Square

4. Amalienborg Castle

Less than one and a half kilometers from Rosenborg in the Frederiksstaden quarter, you’ll find Rosenborg’s sister palace, Amalienborg, along with its serene waterfront gardens. The four palaces facing onto the square were originally built as homes for the nobility, but were taken over by the Royal Family after a fire at Christiansborg in 1794. The palace takes its name from Queen Sophie Amalie who had a sumptuous summer retreat on the site, which also burned down in 1689. The area was designed to be a model society with the King as focal point and the aristocracy (the four palaces) surrounding him. Today, Queen Margrethe II and her family occupy the upper story of Christian IX Palace, and the Moltke Palace is used for official purposes. The soldiers of the Royal Guard with their bearskins and blue (on festive occasions red, white, and blue) uniforms are a unique symbol of the city.

Busy Town Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen) is dominated by Copenhagen Town Hall (built between 1892 and 1905), which is based on a mix of Italian Renaissance and medieval Danish architecture. For marvelous views, you can climb the tower; at 106 meters high, it is the tallest in the city. The building itself is richly adorned with sculptures and paintings. Above the main entrance is a figure of Bishop Absalon in gilded copper, and in the Great Hall are busts of Danish notables such as Martin Nyrop (1849-1921), the architect who designed the building, the sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1840), Hans Christian Andersen (1805-76), and the physicist Niels Bohr (1885-1962). The World Clock at the main entrance was designed and constructed by Jens Olsen in 1955 and shows not only the time and date, but also various astronomical constellations. 7. The National Gallery of Denmark (Statens Museum for Kunst), Copenhagen

5. Strøget Shopping Mile

The National Gallery of Denmark (Statens Museum for Kunst), Copenhagen | Bjrn Giesenbauer / photo modified

Strøget Shopping Mile | Kenny Louie / photo modified A stroll of around five minutes from Christiansborg takes you to the bustling shopping area of Strøget where you’ll find a wealth of boutiques, cafés, and restaurants. Strøget, a nickname from the 1800s, consists of several roads crisscrossing one another, beginning at Town Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen) and ending at Kongens Nytorv. Some adjoining streets on the north have also been pedestrianized. International brand-name stores such as Max Mara, Prada, Louis Vuitton, and Hermès tend to be at the end of the street facing the direction of Kongens Nytorv. Follow Strøget towards City Hall Square for more affordable shopping at H&M, Weekday, and Zara.

The National Gallery of Denmark displays the largest collection of Danish art from the 1700s to the present day, as well as impressive works from around the world. Highlights include the Danish and Nordic art exhibition, which spans 150 years, as well as paintings by the Dutch Masters, Edvard Munch, and Picasso among others. Natural light floods the upper floors giving the gallery a wonderful, airy ambience. Be sure to pick up a map before exploring all the collections, so you don’t miss any of the impressive works. Once you’ve finished appreciating the art, take a break at the on-site café. It is particularly pleasant and a great place to unwind and soak up the surroundings.

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Business Forum on Food & Agriculture The Ambassador of the Denmark Embassy in Ghana, H.E Tom Nørring on May 19, 2022 opened a business forum on food and agriculture highlighting existing opportunities in Ghana’s dormant agriculture sector vis-à-vis seamless and unmatched Dansih expertise and know-how that could be leveraged to fast-track the development of the sector. We have reproduced his remarks at the forum:

Acknowledgements › MoFA and MoTI representatives › Representatives from the regulations agencies › Development partners present › Ghanaian company representatives › Danish company representatives › Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen › All protocols observed › Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen

Good morning! It is a great pleasure to welcome you all to this Business Forum for Food & Agriculture, bringing together Danish companies and their Ghanaian counterparts and government partners. I am happy and proud to see so many different partners gathered today to share their knowledge on how to combat food loss and how to create a more green, safe and prosperous food and agriculture sector. Ghana has embarked on an ambitious strategy for industrialisation of the agriculture sector to improve productivity and to better equip the Ghanaian agribusinesses to produce for domestic, regional and international trade. While food production in Ghana is increasing, this process has also highlighted the urgent need to deal with food loss and waste. Postharvest food loss and waste is a major challenge in Ghana, and it is estimated that more than 50% of the production in selected value chains goes to waste. This is partly due to a lack of investments in cold chain, low efficiency in livestock production, and a need for more coordination and better regulation. Food loss of this magnitude is a great issue with negative climate impacts, but at every step of the way throughout the food chain, it also presents a business opportunity – an opportunity to turn a current loss into value. Since coming to Ghana I have been amazed at the vibrant and fertile nature. Ghana is the breadbasket of the region and it has the potential to become the breadbasket of the world. For many years, the narrative of Africa abroad has been one of hunger and need. With today’s disruptions and insecurity in Ukraine and around the globe, we need to turn things around. I believe that the world does not have to feed Africa Africa can feed the world. Productivity improvements in the food and agriculture sector has enormous potential to increase growth and employment in Ghana. Throughout the last decade, Denmark has collaborated with the Government of Ghana and other partners in innovative partnerships like the Skills Development Fund and the BUSAC Fund. These have contributed to agricultural development, resulting in significant job creation and productivity gains for the Ghanaian companies involved. Danish companies in the food and agro sector have been present in Ghana for

decades offering green and innovative solutions with the guiding principle of “producing more with less”. Through a focus on innovation and learning, Danish companies are well positioned to collaborate with Ghanaian agro-producers to boost the productivity and yields for the Ghanaian businesses. The mantra of ‘Producing more with less’ underlines how a greener production is at the core of Danish food and agriculture. Although today’s production levels in Denmark are higher than ever before, each unit of production requires dramatically less water and energy consumption. So it is possible to boost production while saving resources – all for the benefit of the climate and the bottom line. Not only does producing more with less lead to a greener food production it also increases the earnings at every link of the food chain from farm to fork. It can be the farmer who can increase the yield from crops or the company that can increase their production and decrease food loss by using improved cold chain technology. This aspect is important for us because Denmark’s understanding of sustainability includes a strengthening of labour rights and conditions across sectors. Green sustainability and financial sustainability go hand in hand. I am happy to present to you today officials from eight innovative Danish food and agri tech companies, namely: Arla Foods, Cimbria, DanBred, Danfoss, Foss Analytics, Maersk, Orana and TITAN Containers. Some of the companies already have a strong base in Ghana, others are here to explore the market and expand their network. Common for all of them is that they are eager to meet and engage with you all, and we hope that this day of knowledge sharing and discussions will lead to fruitful collaborations and even closer ties between Danish and Ghanaian companies. Before I close, I wish to thank our partners at the Danish Agriculture and Food Council for your support and efforts towards increasing the commercial collaboration and knowledge-exchange between Ghana and Denmark in what is, no doubt, one of the most important sectors for both our countries. I wish you all a great day and thank you for your attention.

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Danish food culture at a glance Danish Food Culture Danish food culture and culinary heritage - has been cultivated and improved for many generations - and is mainly originated from the old Danish country kitchen - with roots way back to the Viking Era - leaving loads of ancient food recipes from all over the Danish Kingdom - created first and foremost - as a shield to protect the Danes against the cold weather conditions in Denmark. That’s why the Danes for centuries have eaten a lot of meat - especially loads of pork - but also beef together with plenty of potatoes and vegetables. Poultry and fish products are the Danes second choice. The cold and often wet climate in Denmark requires a lot of food with high nutritional values that contains many vitamins - minerals and proteins to mobilise a great potion of energy which is a vital source - needed for work - at school - for sports and other form of daily activities - when living in a dynamic and modern society like Denmark that demands plenty of individual energy and human recourses every day. And the Danes are one of the most Pork Eating & Exporting Countries in the World.

“Smørrebrød” is Rye Bread - Cold Cuts - Spreads - Butter and various Toppings. The secret making Danish “Smørrebrød” (Open Danish Sandwiches) is - that the rye bread with butter has to be totally covered with the basic entrées of either vegetables seafood or meat choices - and then the many types of tasty topping creations - which altogether is in great harmony with the rest of all the delicious food items on the sandwich. Here are 3 versions of popular everyday “Smørrebrød” on rye bread - Tomato with mayonnaise and chopped onions - Ham and Egg - and Potato on bacon slices with mayonnaise - all pieces garnished and flavoured with various vegetables - seasonings and dressings. Delicious Marinated Herring

Danish “Smørrebrød” - Open Danish Sandwich

Almost every Danish restaurant in Copenhagen serve the traditional “Open Danish Sandwich” called “smørrebrød” - with many different potions of food items as cold cuts - pieces of meat or fish - various paste - salad dressings and cheese on buttered rye bread and decorated with all types of toppings that gives the creation a great visual appeal - and is surely a piece of genuine art - when presented on a well laid table with cold Danish beer and snaps. “Smørrebrød” is normally served together with the famous Danish beer and snaps.

Delicious Marinated Herring. Preservation of fish has been known and used since the Viking era for more than thousand years - and salt and vinegar was the based ingredients to preserve fish. Here is the popular and national old timer - the marinated herring - as an open Danish sandwich. Tatar - Beef Tatar

Danish “smørrebrød” also called “Open Danish Sandwich” - here presented in the everyday version. Rye bread with flat toppings and spread: Liver paste with salted meat - gravy jelly - cucumber and onions. Shrimps with mayonnaise and parsley. Eggs with shrimps - mayonnaise and chives. Salami with gravy jelly and red onions. Chicken salad with tomato and parsley. Rolled stuffed pork with gravy jelly - red onions and chives. “Smørrebrød” has many types of topping creations Each Open Sandwich is a genuine Masterpiece of Art

Beef Tatar on Rye Bread. (Beef Tatare) A classic example of a high topped Danish “Smørrebrød” - open sandwich - and a genuine piece of art with high-quality raw minced meat from the fillet of beef on thick rye bread and butter - lettuce - raw egg yoke - raw onions and capers - jelly gravy and horseradish - sour beetroot and cucumber. Some like the dish added with pickles. Beef Tatar is a real rustic “Open Danish “andwich and delicious treat. Roastbeef and Salted Meat - Smørrebrød Roast Beef and Salted Meet on Rye Bread. Here are two classic pieces of “Smørrebrød” - Open Danish Sandwiches. Roast Beef with curry dressing on lettuce and cucumber - sprinkled with spring onions. And Salted Meat on Liver Paste - which is spread over a base of lettuce and cucumber - and sprinkled with spring onions - plus topped with a thick slice of jelly gravy. The Salted Meat and Liver Paste “smørrebrød” is better known by the Danes as the “Veterinarians Night Snack Sandwich”. (Dyrelægens Natmad)

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is a Danish classic open sandwich on every luncheon table - and a must treat for the Danes on Rye Bread with butter - fresh lettuce juicy roasted pork slices with crispy pork cracklings - and garnished with pickled red cabbage and pickled cucumbers. This Roasted Pork open sandwich - “Smørrebrød med flæskesteg” is one of the oldest open sandwiches in Denmark - and is eaten everyday by the Danes in different variations especially at luncheon time all year round.

The Great Danish Christmas & Whitsun Buffet

Danish speciality and tradition served at Christmas - Whitsun and on other Danish Holydays The Grand Danish Christmas Party - Julefrokost

“Stjerneskud” - Shooting Star - The Danes Favourite “Smørrebrød”

From the end of November and up to Christmas Eve the Danes celebrate their traditional Christmas Parties with loads of food snaps and beer. The Christmas Parties ( Julefrokost) are held and celebrated all over Denmark - and is a very joyful Christmas Event that gathers friends - families and colleague. ”Stjerneskud” - Shooting Star is the Danes favourite “Smørrebrød - Open Danish Sandwich. The “Stjerneskud” is a Danish Classic on the “Smørrebrød” menu - and the most selected and eaten “Open Danish Sandwich” in Denmark. This popular “Smørrebrød” consist of a base of buttered rustic rye bread - two pieces of battered plaice fillets (rødspætte) - a piece of steamed white fish rolled. On top is piled a mound of fine fresh shrimps - which is then decorated with a dollop of remoulade black or red caviar - and nicely cut lemon slices. Then a piece of salmon rolled around green asparagus - cucumber - tomato slices and lettuce. Finally - a boiled egg divide into half’s´- and fresh dill. These are the main ingredients to prepare a “Stjerneskud” the Danish way. As fish was a very common eating in the 1850s - the “Stjerneskud” became one of the very first popular luncheon specialities in the restaurants around 1880 - and the delicious toppings were stacked on top of each other as the “Stjerneskud” recipes was created up trough the 20th century - and is today the Danes favourite piece of “Smørrebrød”.fish. Here is

the popular and national old timer - the marinated herring - as an open Danish sandwich.

Roasted Pork Open Sandwich - “Smørrebrød med flæskesteg”

The Great Danish Christmas Buffet

The Great Danish Christmas Buffet with all sorts of meat specialities and cold cuts that makes the Danes diet the rest of the year. The Holydays Buffetis is also a very popular family gettogether eating event. The Holydays Buffet is served all over Denmark with plenty of food and alcoholic drinks.

Traditional everyday Danish food - and the Danes favourite Dishes Slow Food enjoyed on tablecloth with Dinnerware and Cutlery

Delicious Roasted Pork open sandwich - “Flæskesteg Smørrebrød”

The Traditional everyday Danish food Dishes - some with delicious Heavy Brown Gravy As Denmark is the largest exporter of pork in the world - the traditional everyday dishes include plenty of delicious pork recipes with potatoes - vegetables and heavy brown sauce - often with sour or sweet supplements. The Danes are great lovers of pork and have been it for generations. Beef is the second choice - while poultry and fish are the last preferences - when selecting daily treats as well as heavy soups - especially at winter time - which is a substantial part of the Danish cuisine - together with desserts and pastry. The Danes have a very sweet tooth too.

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Here are some of the Danes favourite Dishes & Danish Cookery Heritage


Each Favourite & Delicious Danish Dish is a genuine Masterpiece of Art! MEDISTERPØLSE

“Medisterpølse” - Spicy Pork Sausage with new potatoes - vegetables and thick brown gravy.

“Boller i karry” - Pork meatballs boiled in pork and curry stock. Then prepared and served with mild Curry sauce and rice. GRØNTSAGSSUPPE MED BACON


“Smørstegt Torsk” - Crispy Butter Fried Cod with new Potatoes -Butter Sauce - Vegetables and fresh chopped Parsley. HAKKEBØF MED BLØDE LØG

“Hakkebøf ” - Minced Beef Patty’s in heavy brown sauce with mashed potatoes - fried onions - spiced cucumber and beetroots.

”Grøntsagssuppe med bacon” - Rural Vegetable and Bacon Soup - with small dumplings and meatballs - garnished with a poached Egg BRÆNDENDE KÆRLIGHED

”Brændende Kærlighed” - Burning Love - Danish dish from the 19 century - with diced bacon rashes - mashed potatoes and fried onions.