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Thursday, July 7, 2022


COPENHAGEN, DENMARK — Wherever Gov. Charles Turnbull went on his recent visit to Denmark, he charmed the Danes.
Turnbull was a hit at his first press conference in Copenhagen, at Rebild where he was the keynote speaker at a Fourth of July celebration and in Ålborg.
And so it happened again at the territory's official tourism office in
Århus, where he cut a ribbon to launch the U.S. Virgin Islands' new website aimed at the Danish tourism market, which can be accessed at www.dwis.dk/nyheder.html.
Turnbull has been in Denmark for about a week. He has met with Danish government officials in order to attain copies of West Indies archival records stored in Denmark. Most of the colonial archival materials are held by the Danes in the National Archives, known as Rigsarkivet.
Before leaving the country that ruled the then-Danish West Indies for some 250 years, Turnbull, a historian at heart, did some sightseeing in and around Århus, where he visited an antique book shop.
On his way back to Copenhagen, Turnbull visited the old sailing ship
Jylland. The wooden schooner, which has been restored and is now a museum, sailed in the Danish West Indies more than 100 years ago.
Turnbull's last night in Copenhagen will include a farewell dinner held by the Danish West Indian Society and its president, Per Nielsen, who is also a historian. Turnbull and Nielsen met several times at the Transfer Day arrangements earlier this year.

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