On May 12th 2018 from 10am to 4pm the Embassy of Denmark opened its doors to the public along with embassies of other EU Member States. This year the Embassy of Denmark and the Representation of Greenland had the pleasure of welcoming a record number of visitors.
The EU Open House is a highlight of the Washington spring calendar and is a unique opportunity for residents or visitors of Washington DC to learn about the national heritage and cultural traditions of the EU member countries. The EU Open House is organised by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. The Embassy of Denmark expected 3-4000 visitors, but almost 6000 visitors climbed the hilly Whitehaven Street to learn more about Denmark and Greenland.
The main theme for this year was “Hygge”. Visitors could enjoy Danish delicacies from the Ambassador’s Chef, tour the Ambassador’s Residence, watch a new photo exhibition by acclaimed Danish artist Tove Dehn, try a bike course, snap photos in a booth with classic Danish backdrops, or listen to the live performance of “The Little Mermaids” – a band consisting of three employees at the Danish Embassy.
Kelsen handed out cookies and “Flødeboller” handed out flødeboller – a Chocolate-coated marshmallow treat – to the great excitement of the visitors. LEGO set up a playground where children (and adults) advanced the endless building opportunities the famous LEGO-bricks offer. Novo Nordisk handed out jumping ropes to make awareness of the crucial importance of exercise to combat diabetes. Joe & The Juice served delicious and refreshing smoothies and sold out after only four hours. Arla provided quality cheeses and snacks for guests who took the residence tours.
From the ADBC Secretariat and the Embassy, we want to thank everyone involved.
Great #EUOpenHouse @DenmarkinUSA Big thanks to the fantastic Danish embassy team for making this the biggest open house ever – 5966 people paid us a visit. Really appreciate the interest & the chance to tell you all about EU and #DenmarkinUSA Can’t wait to do this again next year pic.twitter.com/u3CK9QqRUl
— Lars Gert Lose 🇩🇰 (@DKambUSA) 12. maj 2018