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Updated: 2011-09-23 11:47

By Mike Peters (China Daily European Weekly)

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Friis Arne Petersen

Ambassador of Denmark to China

Born: 1952

Family: Married to teacher Birgitte Wilhelmsen. They have a son and two daughters.

Education: 1978 Master of Economics, University of Copenhagen


1978-1979: Head of section, National Audit Office

1979-1979: Head of section, Economic Affairs, Foreign Ministry

1979-1981: Head of section, Political-Economic Affairs, Foreign Ministry

1981-1984: 1st Secretary, Royal Danish Embassy, Cairo

1984-1986: Head of Section, Economic Affairs

1986-1993: Chief of staff of Foreign Minister Uffe Elleman-Jensen's office

1993-1994: Chief of staff of foreign minister Niels Helveg Petersen's office

1994-1995: Director, Russia and Eastern Europe department

1995-1997: Under secretary of state for foreign and security policy

1997-2005: Head of the Foreign Ministry, permanent secretary of state for Foreign Affairs, alternate for the minister for Foreign Affairs in the European Union Council of Ministers

2005-2010: Ambassador of Denmark to the US

2010: Ambassador of Denmark to China

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