Strengthening Scotland’s northern ties – gov.scot
Prime Minister visits Denmark.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will officially open the Scottish Government’s Nordic Office in Copenhagen today.
The office will open up new economic and business opportunities by increasing Scotland’s cultural and economic visibility in the Nordic region.
Combined inward investment from Denmark, Norway and Sweden puts the Nordic region among the top five sources of inward investment for Scotland and three of the top 20 export destinations, with £2.6bn of goods and services exported to these countries by the Scots. companies in 2019.
The Prime Minister will undertake a series of trade, investment and political engagements while in Copenhagen and will discuss the countries’ shared ambitions and opportunities for closer collaboration.
This will include a panel discussion with business and energy leaders at State of Green to discuss how Scotland and northern regions can work together to accelerate decarbonisation and share expertise, and a meeting with Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod.
The Prime Minister will also visit UNICEF’s Global Supply Hub in Copenhagen – the world’s largest humanitarian warehouse – to see the assembly and dispatch of vital supplies for children and families in Ukraine. The Scottish Government has provided £1million to UNICEF since the start of the war.
The Prime Minister said:
“We have a centuries-old partnership with the countries of the Nordic region and cultural, social and linguistic traces of our shared history and heritage can be found across Scotland.
“To this day, we have a lot in common with similar population sizes, vibrant cities and large rural communities. We are nations of innovators who share the same ambition to accelerate decarbonization, and we continue to work closely together to exchange our expertise on renewable energy technologies and sustainable economic development.
“This office will support this ambition and build on the strong ties that already exist between us by promoting investment, trade and economic opportunity for the benefit of people and businesses in our countries.
The Nordic office is co-located with Scottish Development International within the British Embassy in Copenhagen.
Work to attract investment by Scottish Government offices both at home and abroad has helped increase foreign direct investment in Scotland by 14% in 2021, compared to 5.4% in Europe and just 1, 4% across the UK, according to EY’s 2022 Attractiveness Survey.
SDI statistics released in May 2022 also revealed that more than 7,500 expected real paid jobs were generated by overseas investment in 2021/22, with 113 investment projects in Scotland supported, of which 39 were settling investors in the country for the first time.
The creation of the Nordic office means that Scotland is now served by a network of nine international offices, which have worked to promote Scottish interests and strengthen relationships with countries and continents around the world since Scotland Europa was established in 1992. in Brussels.