Letter from the Royal Danish Embassy - December 2012


Dyrberg/Kern introduced  a new line of jewelleries «Saints and Sinners» at the Embassy of Denmark

Such an expert of the Russian market as showroom EQUIP now represents the Dyrberg/Kern jewellery in Russia.

On the 30th of November 2012 Dyrberg/Kern together with their exclusive distributor EQUIP introduced the guests a new line of jewelleries «Saints and Sinners» at the Embassy of Denmark. The collection is based on the contrast of white and black colours, purity feeling intertwines with vice. Choose which side to stand up - good or evil, fans of the brand Dyrberg/Kern will already be able in the middle of February 2013 when the collection will be offered for sale in the retail chains of EQUIP.

Gitte DYRBERG and Henning KERN met in 1985 and realised that their mutual passion for design could take them wherever they wanted, their unique chemistry and creative energy was instantly apparent. Their personal design is unique in its combination of Scandinavian design tradition and international fashion moods. The design reflects personality, innovation and quality. The Dyrberg/Kern collections are popular around the world, becoming a favourite brand far beyond Scandinavia and keeping their high position for already 28 years.

Dyrberg/Kern company has received numerous awards in the field of fashion and business, including the recognition of the Royal Court in terms of awards for high achievements: “the King Frederik IX’s Award for Excellence in Export”, Ernst & Young’s Award as “The Best Entrepreneur of the Year.”


The official website about Denmark has been launched in Russian

A Russian version of the official website of Denmark has just been launched. The website now exists in seven different language versions with Russian being the newest addition. 

http://denmark.dk is the best platform to learn more about Denmark. The website has information on a wide range of topics relevant to everyone who is interested in Denmark and Danish culture, from information about the life style of the Danes to practical information about how to live and work in Denmark. The website also has valuable information on how Denmark is perceived by people from all over the world.

You can access the Russian version of the website here:

A Danish business delegation led by Denmark's ambassador to Russia visited the Russian region of Tomsk

On November 14-16 a Danish business delegation led by the Danish Ambassador to Russia, Tom Risdahl Jensen, and accompanied by the Danish Consular General, Klaus Sørensen, visited Tomsk to participate in the “Energy 2012” congress where the theme was energy saving technology. The trip was arranged by DBDH in close cooperation with the Danish Embassy in Moscow and the Danish General Consulate in Saint Petersburg.

The highlight of the exhibition was the showcasing of the geothermal energy solution by the kinder garden” Funny Bunny”. The kinder garden is the first of its kind having the label “A”, which is the highest, in Russia because of their heating system which operates 100 % by geothermal energy. The geothermal heat pumps also cool the buildings during summer thereby replacing the need for air conditioning. In this way the water and the indoor climate is adjusted in the most energy efficient way possible and the solution is not only environmentally friendly but also cost efficient compared to traditional thermal heating systems. The energy efficient kinder garden is made possible because of cooperation between Danfoss and the Russian company Ekoklima, which has been a huge benefit for both companies as well as the local community. 

During the visit the Danish Ambassador met with the Mayor of Tomsk, Nikolay Nikolaychuk.
Here they both expressed great optimism with regards to future business prospects. The Mayor of Tomsk stressed the importance of energy efficient solutions and expressed hope that business relations will continue to improve.


Letter from the Royal Danish Embassy - September 2012


In search of Export Excellence in the CIS - It’s Easier than you think!



The Trade Council, Russia has the pleasure to invite Danish companies to participate in a seminar about Export to Russia. The seminar will be held October 22nd and 23rd, 2012 respectively in Copenhagen and Aalborg.


The seminar will provide information about the Russian marked, opportunities, trends, financing and bottlenecks. There will be presentations about funding opportunities and topics that often leads to frustration and confusion when it comes to exports to the CIS market.

Currently, Russia is Denmark’s 13th largest export market, and now with entry into WTO it is expected that the membership will create a better business climate in Russia and increase trust with foreign investors. The World Bank expects that the Russian GDP will increase 3.3 % per year as a direct effect of the WTO membership. This development will increase the demand for Danish quality products in a variety of fields. The Danish government is going to strengthen export promotion and is conducting market analyses to increase Russian-Danish investments, and trade relations. These initiatives offer new growth opportunities for Danish companies on the Russian market.

Russia has more than 143 million people with a growing economic prosperity, which makes the market interesting for Danish companies. The middle class is still growing and Russians spend up to 70% of their personal income on consumption. The annual retail consumption in Russia is estimated to be 409 billion EUR and Russians purchasing power continues to increase. In relation to this, the Danish companies have in 2011 exported to Russia for 12 bn. DKK. In this connection the Danish government has introduced a goal of increasing the export of Danish goods with 50 % by 2016. 

If your company considers expanding to the CIS market, the Export Seminar will give you a better insight to the financing opportunities, and information on the best possible growing conditions in relation to the Russian market. Furthermore the seminar gives you opportunity to ask questions, talk with experts and other companies who have good experience with the CIS marked.


Please find the invitation, programme and registrtation form here Eksportseminar_invitation.pdf


Letter from the Royal Danish Embassy - August 2012              

Russia has become a member of the WTO

As of August 22 2012, the Russian Federation has entered the WTO. In a press release, the Danish Minister for Trade and Investments, Pia Olsen Dyhr describes this as a ground breaking development for Russia and the international community.

The WTO membership introduces a process to make trade regulations more transparent and hence to decrease trade barriers as trade conflicts will be resolved within the established framework of the WTO. It is expected that the membership will create a better business climate in Russia and increase trust with foreign investors. The World Bank expects that the Russian GDP will increase 3.3 % per year as a direct effect of the WTO membership. More specifically, the import duties for goods will on average decrease from 10% to 8%. This tariff reduction will result in savings of 2.5 bn. EUR annually for exporters throughout the EU.

The membership also offers new growth opportunities for Danish companies on the Russian market. According to the Minister, energy and environment, agriculture and food, healthcare, and shipping will be the focus areas in the government export strategy.

This development will increase the demand for Danish quality products in a variety of fields. In this connection the Danish government has introduced a goal of increasing the export of Danish goods with 50 % by 2016. Currently, Russia is Denmark’s 13th largest export market, and in 2011 Danish companies exported for 12 bn. DKK. The vast majority of exports are within the sectors of industrial machinery, meat, as well as medicine and pharmaceuticals. The Danish government is going to strengthen export promotion and is conducting market analyses to increase Russian-Danish investments and trade relations.

The Danish Minister for Trade and Investments is partaking in a Danish business delegation on Energy & Environment and Oil & Gas to Khanty Mansiysk on October 10-13. For more information please contact Klaus Sørensen at klasor@um.dk.


The Moscow Times publishes article on the transition to a green economy in Copenhagen

In a joint article in The Moscow Times, the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen, and the Danish Minister for Trade and Investment, Pia Olsen Dyhr, describe how Copenhagen residents get a cleaner environment and save at least $50 on monthly heating and electricity bills through the city's green policies – a strategy that could work for Moscow and other Russian cities in need of a “green transition”.


Letter from the Royal Danish Embassy - May 2012

New time booking system for the Consular Department

Dear Visitors to the Consular Department,

In order to ensure the lowest possible waiting time, the Consular Department is introducing an appointment system for the handling of routine consular matters. In order to make an appointment, you are kindly requested to send an e-mail to
mowamb@um.dk marked “Appointment Request / Consular Section” indicating the date and time convenient to you together with a short description of the purpose(s) of your visit (passport application, application for a driving license, verification etc.).

Please state all issues to be dealt with in order for the staff to dedicate sufficient time for your visit. Your appointment will be confirmed by the Consular Section by return mail. You are also welcome to call us and make an appointment on tel.no: +7 495 642 6800 and ask for the Consular Department.

Opening hours of the Consular Section: 09.30 – 17.00 Monday through Friday.

NB: The appointment system does not apply to visa applications where the procedure remains unchanged, cf. Visa Application Centre.

The time booking system will take effect as from today.

Passport Applications:
As passport applicants must come to the Visa Section of the Embassy where the biometric stations are situated, appointments for passport applications will - as a general rule - be avoided between 10 and 12 o’clock being the daily opening hours of the visa section. An early appointment for passport applicants can be done before the visa section opens at 09.30 o’clock (1 applicant).

Please remember that the embassy does not accept credit cards and request payment in Russian Roubles only. If possible, please bring the exact amount http://rusland.um.dk/en/travel-and-residence/payment-for-services/ in order to ease the expedition.

We thank you for your cooperation and understanding,

Yours Sincerely,

Ina Svendsen, Consul

Denmark introduces biometric residence cards 20th of May 2012

According to regulation (EC) No. 380/2008 of 18 April 2008 residence cards issued after May 20th. 2012 shall contain an electronic chip with photo, fingerprints and signature recorded digitally. In this way the security against forgery and misuse of residence cards is strengthened considerably.
The decision to introduce fingerprints in residence cards, has been made at a central level in the EU as part of the combat against terrorism, human trade, human trafficking, illegal immigration and other transnational crime. 

Biometrics must be obtained when the application is lodged
In order to issue biometric residence cards, installation of special equipment for taking photos and recording fingerprints and signature is necessary. Biometric stations are available in Saint Petersburg and Moscow at the Visa application Centres and at the Danish embassy in Moscow with prior appointment through the visa application centre.

Can I apply for a residence/work permit if one or more of my fingers are injured?
According to the law biometric data must always be contained in a biometric residence card. If the index finger is injured, a biometric residence card can be issued. In that case, a fingerprint will be taken of an alternative finger.

Must children also give their fingerprints?
No. Fingerprints are not collected from children under 6 years of age.

What to bring?
Bring the application and supporting documents (originals as well as copies). Copies of the originals must be in colour and size A4.
Babies: We recommend to bring a recent photo of the child, which meets the
requirements for a photo (in Danish only). The photo can then be scanned by the mission, in case the mission does not have the means to take a valid photo.

It becomes easier to obtain a Danish passport abroad


After implementation of fingerprints in Danish passports January 1st 2012 it became more difficult to get a passport abroad. The Ministry of foreign affairs has explored the possibilities of bettering this service within the new regulation for instance by travelling embassy staff.

The implementation of new biometric passports with fingerprints as per 1st of January 2012 has made it more difficult for Danes abroad to apply for passports due to the reduction of locations where to apply. The Foreign Ministry has studied the possibilities for practical solutions that can improve the access to passport application abroad:


  ·          From 15th of June 2012 it will be possible to apply for passports for children under the age of 12 at honorary consulates and embassies without biometric equipment, that otherwise could only extend passports and issue emergency passports. Note that you need to bring two printed photos meeting the requirements of the Danish policeand parental consent must be given by both parents/custody holders. Most honorary consulates and other missions without biometric equipment can still issue emergency passports and extend the validity


  ·          Certain regions will be serviced by travelling embassy staff using a mobile biometric kit (Biometric suitcases). These visits will take place on a regular basis to a limited number of areas with the greatest need, based on the number of Danes living in the area and the distance to or otherwise difficult access to a passport issuing mission. More detailed information will be announced via the missions’ websites mid-2012. of passports.


  ·          Danes living abroad can apply for passports while on a visit to Denmark. This is made easier by the possibility of collecting the passport at a number of missions abroad . An additional fee of DKR 185 (2012 rate) is to be paid to the mission where the passport is collected, and it is still recommended to apply in due time to be able to receive the passport during the visit to Denmark. From mid June 2012 it will also possible to apply abroad and collect the passport at a Civil Service Center in Denmark.


  ·          The same fee will be charged regardless of which mission abroad handles the application.


  For detailed information and FAQ please see your regional embassy’s webpage or visit the passport section at www.um.dk (Danish only)

Letter from the Royal Danish Embassy - April 2012

The ambassador of Denmark to Russia Tom Risdahl Jensen participated in the ceremony of launching the construction of Novo Nordisk plant for manufacturing modern insulins in Grabtsevo Technopark, Kaluga Region.

On April 17, 2012 Ambassador of Denmark to Russia Tom Risdahl Jensen, Minister Councillor Jens Thomsen and Head of the Healthcare Advisory Team of the Embassy of Denmark in Moscow Svetlana Chernova participated in the ceremony of launching the construction of Novo Nordisk pharmaceutical plant for manufacturing modern insulins in Grabtsevo Technopark, Kaluga Region.

The Kaluga Region has over the last decade become one of the bench marks for Russian regions wanting to attract FDI. The region has done a great effort in lowering the bureaucratic burden on foreign companies wanting to start up. The region is now rated by several analysts as one of the most investor friendly.

Mr. Anatoliy Artamonov, Governor of Kaluga Region, stated in his welcoming speech that "Nowadays, in the region a lot of attention is paid to providing conditions for establishing and developing pharmaceutical industry. I am sure that the plant of Novo Nordisk will be constructed in time and become an active participant of the regional pharmaceutical cluster".

The ceremony participants waived conventional ground-breaking schemes. Instead of following commonly adopted traditions, Novo Nordisk President and Kaluga Region Governor used bicycles that gave an electrical impulse to trigger a light wave that spotlighted the insulin molecule. All this symbolizes commitment to both environmentally safe technologies and sport, an important tool of diabetes prevention.

Total investment of Novo Nordisk in establishing the plant in Russia is estimated at 100 million USD. The plant is designed in line with the European and Russian GMP standards and environment safety and energy efficiency requirements, is expected to start the first manufacturing  processes in 2014. Production facilities of the plant will be able to cover insulin demand for all diabetes patients in Russia. 

The Danish Minister of Trade and Investment visits Russia.

On Wednesday April 4th, the Danish Minister of Trade and Investment, Pia Olsen Dyhr, visited the city of Kazan in the Russian republic of Tatarstan. Here she attended the inauguration of Rockwool's largest stone wool factory accompanied by her Russian Minister counterpart.

Rockwool is headquartered in Denmark and has 27 factories throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. The company employs 9000 people and in 2011 had a revenue of 1.8 billion Euros. Annually, the sale of insulation contributes to a reduction in CO2 emissions of more than 4 billion tonnes. Insulation, e.g. a hot pipe in a manufacturing plant, can save more than 30,000 times as much energy and CO2 emissions as it takes to produce the material itself. Rockwool's subsidiary in Russia accounts for 11% of consolidated sales.

The opening event of the fourth factory was well orchestrated by Rockwool with 300 customers and other Russian VIP's attending the inauguration.

During the event the Minister, Pia Olsen Dyhr, had the opportunity to meet the President of the Republic of Tatarstan, Rustam Minnikanov, and the Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, Elvira Nabiulina. Here they discussed the possibility of increasing cooperation on areas of climate and energy solutions and Danish investments in Russian food production.

In her speech Pia Olsen Dyhr emphasized the positive development in trade and economic cooperation between Denmark and Russia. She highlighted Rockwool’s efforts in promoting the common agenda of increasing energy efficiency in an investment attractive region like Tatarstan.

Currently, the region is considered one of the most attractive regions in Russia for foreign investment.

In conclusion, the Minister’s first visit to Russia was considered very successful and Russian representatives expressed a desire to strengthen cooperation between Russia and Denmark in the future.

Letter from the Royal Danish Embassy - February 2012

Commercial Department

The Governor of Kaluga region’s visit to the Royal Danish Embassy.

On February 1st 2012 the Governor of Kaluga Oblast had a presentation on the possibilities for the Energy and Pharmaceutical sector to invest and expand in the region. The event had a great amount of interest from Danish companies within the sectors.

The presentation was attended by more than 25 companies and the Ambassador to Denmark started the presentations with an opening speech to greet the Governor. The word was then passed to the Governor who presented the main points and focus of his region that have made them so attractive to foreign production facilities. The Kaluga presentation then continued with a presentation on future possibilities in Kaluga.

The event also featured presentations by two major Danish companies FLSmidth and Novo Nordisk. They presented their view and commitment to the region and explained in general their commitment and interest to Russia.

To end the séance the Ambassador invited the Governor to a lunch in the Ambassador’s residence, where future cooperation and possibilities between Kaluga and Danish companies were further discussed.

The meeting revealed each parts interests and possibilities in future investments and cooperation in the region which will hopefully strengthen the Danish-Russian business relationship even more.

Cultural Department

The following table displays descriptions of current and upcoming events and the Danish embassy’s cultural activities.

Danish Lace When Best

From December 8th, 2011 till January 31st, 2012 traditional Tønder lace-making from the turn of the 19th century was exhibited at the Pushkin State Museum in Moscow. The exhibition told the history of the handicraft of the unique Tønder laces while displaying prime examples. Due to its grand success it will also be possible to experience the exhibition at the Pavlovsk State Museum in St. Petersburg from March 8th, 2012.


Marie Claire's Prix D'Excellence De La Beaute 2012 will take place on February 16th, 2012. This year the guests - who include Russian business elite, top celebrities and top management of Beauty and Fragrance companies - will be introduced to Danish traditions of high cuisine. The exclusive nine course menu will be prepared by the world renowned chief duo Lasse Askov & Bo Lindegaard from Copenhagen, Denmark.

Nordic Film Festival in Kaliningrad

The 5th Nordic Film Festival in Kaliningrad is to take place from February 23th - March 4th, 2012. Due to the Norwegian presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2012 the festival will start off with the Norwegian film “Få meg på, for faen”. On the 24th the Norwegian film “My favorite” by Hilde Korsæth will be screened and presented by her. The Danish program this year has been extended to include four films for children/family, four documentary films and five classical films from Denmark. Two films for the main program will also be screened.

Europe Day in Kazan March 23

Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival

Since 2008 the Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival has had film screenings in St. Petersburg. Throughout the years the audience has increased and due to the success the organizers of the festival has decided to expand their festival to other Russian cities. Therefore, the festival will also be held in Moscow in 2012. The dates and venues for the festival in St. Petersburg as well as in Moscow are still unknown.

Hansen’s Readings

This year the conference Hansen’s Readings will be held in Moscow at the Pushkin State Museum on April 18th, 2012. The conference is dedicated to famous translators and interpreters of Scandinavian literature Anna and Peter Hansen. Among the participants are libraries, universities, and research institutes.

Danish Wave 4

Danish Wave is an all Danish film festival which has attracted much attention in previous years. This Spring the fourth festival of its kind is to take place in Moscow. The tentative dates are May 10.-14., 2012. For further details on dates, venues, and film screenings please keep updated via our website.

Europe Day in Rostov on Don

Architectural Biennale and ARCH & Design

At the Central House of Artist 17th International Exhibition of Architecture and Design will take place from May 23. – June 7th. 2012. The final program for the event is not yet available.

The embassy is currently working on a project “Bicycle Culture by Design” which is to be part of this event.


Open Book Festival

The 7th International Moscow Open Book Festival will take place at the Central House of Artist and surrounding areas such as Gorky Park in Moscow from June 9.-12., 2012. The festival will consist of programs for both adults and children and revolve around non-fiction.  At the festival Danish literature recently translated into Russian will be presented.


Tsekh Contemporary Dance Summer School will take place during June and July 2012 and be taught by teachers from Russia, USA, and several European countries. The program is not yet available, http://tsekh.com/school.php

Tekstur  Film Festival in Perm

This festival mixes several different kinds of contemporary arts, including readings, drama, film, and visual art. The festival is to take place in Perm during the latter part of September, 2012. However, the specific dates have not yet been announced.

Letter from the Royal Danish Embassy - December 2011

Commercial Department

Regional meeting in Kiev

On the 1st and 2nd of December the trade departments from Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Kiev held a regional coordination meeting in Kiev.

The aim of the meeting was to increase the regional coordination and cooperation between the three trade offices. The participants were staff from the three trade departments including Michael Borg-Hansen, Danish Ambassador to Ukraine, and Tom Risdahl Jensen, Danish Ambassador to Russia.

On the 1st of December the meeting was held at the Royal Danish Embassy in Kiev. The meeting included among other a presentation by the head of American Chamber of Commerce, Jorge Zukoski, who gave a great insight into the business environment in Ukraine. In the afternoon each sector responsible presented their marketing plan for 2012. The Euro2012 football tournament in Ukraine and Poland was mentioned as an interesting opportunity for Danish businesses, which might lead to increased trade in some sectors next year.

On the 2nd of December meeting was held at the HQ of the Danish IT company Ciklum. The highlight of the day was a roundtable talk with representatives from Danish companies and institutions operating in Ukraine. The roundtable talk focused on the challenges and opportunities of running a Danish company in Ukraine and the need to adapt to the different environment.

Overall the event set a great starting point for the 2012 trade events, with an even greater platform for Danish companies. 

Consular Section

New Visa Application Centre in Krasnodar from 15th of December

From the 15th of December visa applicants may also apply from the new Visa Application Centre in Krasnodar.

Please note that on the 15th of December 2011 the Denmark Visa Application Centre will be opened in Krasnodar at the following address: 350063, Krasnodar, Komsomolskaya Street, 6.

Please visit the website of the application centre here.

Defense section

Visit of Royal Danish Defense College

For the third time in as many years the Royal Danish Defence College visited Moscow. The visit, a part of the officers’ education, took place in the beginning of December and lasted for a total of three days.

A series of presentations had in advance been arranged by the embassy defence sections staff. The first two days of the Royal Danish Defence College’s visit the officers listened to presentations and participated by questions on topics ranging from general information about Russia to information about Russian reform process and in depth analyses on the relationship between Russia and the West. In the early hours of the morning and while the sun was still hiding on the third day, the college lined up in front of the Kremlin, in the Alexander Garden, to lay down a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Thus showing their respect to the Russian soldiers who had laid down their lives. Before returning to Denmark, the college visited the Stalin Bunker to get a glimpse the Russian history.  


News Letter from the Royal Danish Embassy - October 2011

Commercial Department


A joint statement signed in Kremlin on the 6th of September 2011 declares the establishment of the Danish-Russian Agribusiness Club.

The joint statement was signed by Danish Ambassador-at-Large for Trade and Investment to Russia Mariann Fischer Boel and the Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation Elena Skrynnik.

The joint statement establishes the Danish-Russian Agribusiness Club. The aim of the club is to provide practical assistance to the development of business cooperation between Denmark and Russia in the field of agriculture and food industry.

Read the joint statement in English and Russian version here (pdf) 

The signing is a development of clauses from the “Memorandum on cooperation in the sphere of modernization of agroindustrial complex”, signed by Ministers of Agriculture Henrik Hoegh and Elena Skrynnik on the 26th of April 2011.

Next step will be to create an overview of events relevant to members of the Danish-Russian Agribusiness Club. How to share information and get in contact with other members of the club will also be considered. Ideas and thoughts concerning the future development of the club are welcome.

For more information please contact Minister Counsellor Poul Jacob Erikstrup on +7 495 642 6804 or by email:

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