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Germany's Korean-language web portal
"Germany in Korea" Launched in Seoul
"Germany Opposed to North’s Rocket Launch"-- Envoy
German Ambassador to Seoul Norbert Baas speaks at the opening ceremony of Germany's Korean-lnaguage web portal "Germany in Korea" at Westin Chosun in Seoul on April 6, 2009.

German Embassy in Seoul has launched its web portal site "Germany in Korea," as of April 6, 2009.

This new website offers information on Germany and is completely written in Korean language.

It aims at further promoting Germany in South Korea by using online media.

Although "Germany in Korea" offers general information on Germany such as politics, economy, and history, the main focuses of this web portal are culture and lifestyle as well as education and career.

In an official opening ceremony at the Westin Chosun Hotel in downtown Seoul, the Germany Embassy made an official announcement. The ceremony, which started at noon on the day, included a presentation of the website by a German official and buffet-style luncheon.

The promotional video of Germany "Rediscover Germany" was also shown to the participants before the lunch.

German Ambassador to Seoul Norbert Baas (left) watches the screen during the opening ceremony of Germany's Korean-lnaguage web portal "Germany in Korea" at Westin Chosun in Seoul on April 6, 2009.

The ceremony attracted scores of important guests from all walks of life. Among them was Dr. Werner Sasse, a noted scholar of the Korean studies. Dr. Sasse is now chair professor of Hanyang University's Department of Cultural Anthropology.

A dozen of media people including major dailies were also invited to the ceremony.

In a speech the German Ambassador to Seoul Norbert Baas said that he is delighted to have "Germany in Korea" launched.

"Last year was the 125th anniversary of the bilateral diplomatic relations between Germany and South Korea," said Amb. Baas. "Now our two nations are very important business partners."

The German envoy mentioned the G20 Summit held in London on April 2, 2009 while he was emphasizing global partnership between Germany and South Korea.

He said that South Korea played a significant role in G20 Summit as one of its chair with Great Britain and Brazil. South Korea will host the summit in 2010.

He also said that South Korean Prime Minister Han Seung-Soo is invited to the opening ceremony of "Hannover Messe 2009" slated for April 20-24, 2009 in the German city on the river Leine. German President Horst Koehler will also attend the largest industrial fair in the world.

South Korea is scheduled to participate in the fair under the slogan of "Make It Work."

Amb. Baas added that South Korea's state-of-the art goods will be introduced to the fair as the nation rises as Asia's industrial leader on world stage.

He hopes that the fair will serve as an occasion for South Korea and Germany to further develop economic cooperation.

The German envoy made an unexpected remark in reference to North Korea's launching its satellite.

He said that Germany is opposed to the recent rocket launching by North Korea as its EU neighbors and the United States raise their voice to penalize the behavior of North Korea.

For details or inquiries, please contact the German Embassy in Seoul at 748-4114.

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