800-year History of Estonian-Danish Relations

Panel discussion about the eight-century-old relations between Estonia and Denmark at the Embassy of Estonia in Berlin

June 28th, 2019
Valeriya Kharchenko, News from Berlin
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On June 26, 2019, the Embassy of Estonia in Berlin held a panel discussion on 800-year-old Estonian-Danish relations. At the event, celebrating the historic connection between two states, Dr Olesen presented a book “Denmark and Estonia 1219-2019 – Selected Studies on common Relations.”

The Embassy of Estonia in Berlin hosted a panel discussion on the topic of relations between Denmark and Estonia, that celebrate 800 years this year. Dr Mart Laanemäe, Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia and Friis Arne Petersen, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark, opened the event with a welcoming speech.

The panel discussion was attended by Prof. em. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jens E. Olesen (Historical Institute, Greifswald), historian Dr Peter Wörster, and Mrs Dorothée Goeze (Herder Institute Marburg) and moderated by Prof. em. Dr. Matthias Thumser (Freie Universität Berlin) Chairman of the Baltic History Commission. The panellists discussed the Estonian-Danish relations from the Baltic perspective, their relations with neighbouring states, modern history of Estonia and censorship in Denmark.

The book "Denmark and Estonia 1219-2019 – Selected Studies on Common Relations" (412 pages), edited by Jens E. Olesen, recalls the 800-year-old relationship between Denmark and Estonia from 1219 until today, and presents new scientific findings on the common history of the two countries. It contains 19 contributions in English and German by the Danish, Estonian and two German historians and other experts who deal with the medieval, early modern and modern history.

The event ended with a wine reception, where the participants had an opportunity to talk in an informal setting.


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