On June 5 the Kingdom of Denmark celebrated its national holiday - the Constitution Day. On that date 170 years ago the Danish Constitution was adopted.

On this occasion H. E. Mr. Søren Jacobsen, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Denmark to the Republic of Bulgaria, and his wife gave a reception at their residence in Boyana.

The Danish Constitution called "GRUNDLOVEN" is the foundation of the Danish democracy and is one of the oldest constitutions in the world. Signed in 1849 by King Frederik Vll it converted the Danish monarchy into a constitutional monarchy. The monarch is still the head of state today, but has limited powers such as formally signing bills passed by the Parliament.

At the reception H. E. Mr. Søren Jacobsen, after welcoming his guests, said that the day is very important for Denmark, because this year the election for the Danish parliament takes place on Constitution Day.  It would be hard to find a better way to celebrate democracy than by exercising your right to vote.

The event was attended by many officials, ambassadors, diplomats, journalists and friends, who, in the pleasant coolness of the garden, enjoyed delicious culinary specialties and beverages, many of which were Danish.

In fact, in June, the Danes have another national holiday - the Day of Valdemar and the Danish flag Dannebrog. On 15th of June it turned 800 years and is considered the oldest national flag in the world! On this occasion a poster exhibition Dannebrog 800 was organized at the Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski.

The photos were provided by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Denmark in the Republic of Bulgaria.

Above: H. E. Mr. Søren Jacobsen, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Denmark in our country, with his wife /to his left/

Below: H. E. Mr. Søren Jacobsen with Mr. Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Prime Minister of Bulgaria (2001-2005); with Mr. Christian Vigenin, MP; with the mayors of Sopot (to his right) and the village of Anevo (to his left).