As the formal representative of Denmark, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen will be among the distinguished guests attending the ceremonies to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Territory of the United States Virgin Islands. Prime Minister Løkke Rasmussen will participate in the Transfer Centennial programs to be held on St. Croix and St. Thomas on March 31, 2017.
“The U.S. Virgin Islands makes up an important part of the Danish history and the Centennial stands for a significant milestone. Through my participation and my presence, I look forward to meeting the people and politicians on the islands and show them our respect for them and the history,” the Prime Minister said in an official statement.
Governor Kenneth Mapp said the people of the Virgin Islands will be pleased to welcome Prime Minister Løkke Rasmussen, his delegation, and dignitaries from around the world to take part in ceremonies and events associated with the Transfer.
“This is an important chapter in our history and we deeply appreciate the participation of Prime Minister Løkke Rasmussen,” Governor Mapp said. “I have asked the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands to treat the occasion of the Transfer Centennial as a time of both serious reflection and preparation. Together we must determine how, given our unique status and history, we can best set a path forward over the next 100 years.”
In the Prime Minister’s New Year’s Day address to the nation of Denmark, he made mention of this year’s Centennial commemoration and noted that many Danes are expected to take part in this year’s events.
Løkke Rasmussen has served as Prime Minister of Denmark since June 2015. He was previously Prime Minister from April 2009 to October 2011. He is the leader of the Venstre political party.
The Danish Prime Minister will be accompanied by his wife, Sólrun Jákupsdóttir Rasmussen.