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Korean PM Departs for Trip to Denmark, Finland

South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won left Saturday for Denmark and Finland on a trip aimed at strengthening cooperation with the two Nordic countries in developing strategies concerning environment friendly growth and other areas.

In the Danish capital Copenhagen, Chung is scheduled to attend the opening of a Global Green Growth Forum meeting on Monday, which is expected to draw ranking green growth leaders from governments, international organizations and the corporate sector for discussion on sustainable growth strategies.

Chung also plans to attend a meeting of the Korean-Danish Green Growth Alliance, established in May 2011, and introduce green growth projects carried out by the South Korean government, businesses and citizens.

Chung will also hold talks with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt about boosting bilateral ties in trade, investment, and health and welfare, and pay a courtesy call on Queen Margrethe II.

For the second leg of his tour, Chung plans to visit the Finnish capital of Helsinki next Wednesday.

Following a courtesy call on Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and bilateral talks with Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen, Chung will formally sign a bilateral agreement on nuclear power cooperation.

The deal, initialed in July, is expected to boost South Korea's chance of winning a contract to build a new power plant in Finland. South Korea is currently competing against countries such as France, Japan and the United States for the deal, and the winning bid is expected to be announced in December.

Chung is scheduled to return home on Oct. 26.

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Source: Yonhap News (Oct. 19, 2013)

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