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Estonian Ambassador to Denmark Presents Credentials


No. 330-E

On Friday, 14 October, Estonian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark Katrin Kivi presented her credentials to Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

In the discussion that took place after the presentation of credentials, Ambassador Katrin Kivi and Queen Margrethe II talked about Estonia and Denmark’s good bilateral relations. Ambassador Kivi stated that Estonia and Denmark’s political, defence-related, cultural and economic relations are very close. “Denmark is an important economic partner of Estonia. Co-operation between our countries is also very close within the European Union and NATO,” she added.

During their discussion, Ambassador Kivi also emphasised the importance of co-operation among the Nordic countries and in the Baltic Sea region as a whole. “The close communication network that we joined 20 years ago has helped our region become the most dynamic region in the European Union. Recently the Nordic and Baltic foreign ministers signed an agreement on the exchange of diplomats, which will create opportunities to reciprocally send diplomats to work in countries where we lack an embassy,” said Kivi, naming just one example of how co-operation based on common goals and values brings real results and sets a good example for other regions of the European Union.

Diplomatic relations between Estonia and Denmark were initially established on 5 February 1921, and in December 1990 Estonia opened its first foreign representation after World War II in Denmark. Denmark was the second country after Iceland to restore diplomatic relations with the re-independent Republic of Estonia in August of 1991. Estonia’s close ties with Denmark actually extend much further back in history. In Medieval times part of Estonia’s territory belonged to the Kingdom of Denmark, and legend has it that Denmark got its flag Dannebrog in the 13th century while fighting on a battlefield beside Toompea castle.

Ambassador Katrin Kivi was born on 18 July 1967 in Kärdla. Ambassador Kivi graduated from Tartu University in 1990 with a degree in German language and literature and continued her education at the University of Mannheim and the University of Bonn. Kivi began doing diplomatic work in 1993. Before being named the Estonian ambassador to Denmark, Katrin Kivi was the director of the general affairs division in the Foreign Ministry’s European Union department.

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