The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the University of Cyprus, in the framework of their cooperation within the research programme “Eurodaktylios”, have published a volume concerning the relations between Cyprus and Denmark, the fourth of a series.
The book entitled “Denmark-Cyprus: When the Vikings met Aphrodite” is a fascinating journey meandering through time. It demonstrate that, although geographically distant, the two countries are at the same time so close to one another. There are chapters describing the excavations undertaken by Danish archeologists on the island; Cypriot antiquities in Danish museums; the death of the King of Denmark Eric Ejegod in Paphos; the relations between the two countries in the Middle Ages; the consular presence of Denmark in Cyprus during the Ottoman rule; as well as the diplomatic relations and official visits, the cultural, commercial, tourist and other aspects of the relations. Of particular significance are the chapters referring to the Danish contingent in the United Nations Peace Keeping Force in Cyprus and the experiences and testimonies of the Danish blue berets who served here.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis presented the book on September 14, 2012 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Remarks were offered by the Dean of the Faculty of Letters of the University of Cyprus, Assistant Professor of European History, Dr Georgios Kazamias and the Ambassador of Denmark in Cyprus Mrs Kirsten Geelan.