MANILA, Philippines—After 24 years, the Ambassador-designate of Denmark to the Philippines is back in the country very optimistic and enthusiastic about reopening their Embassy which was closed back in 2002.

Ambassador-designate Jan Top Christensen said he felt like he was coming home when he arrived in the country last August 2014.

He was previously in the Philippines for three years from 1987 to 1990 working for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees as the head of a refugee camp in Puerto Princesa, Palawan with 10,000 Vietnamese who fled their country after the Vietnam War.

“It was very much like coming home. I love this country, I love the Filipino-mentality, high-spirited, open and positive-thinking,” Christensen told in an interview after the Nordic Business Council of the Philippines (NBCP) Ambassador’s Luncheon Tuesday.

“I’m so happy to be back. It’s going to be fantastic to see how things develop. With this potential here, [outlook here] it’s very positive,” he said.

The NBCP is an organization that supports business relations between the Nordic countries, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, and Iceland, and the Philippines.

Christensen said that many companies, business organizations, and financial institutions back in Denmark have been very interested in the reopening of the Embassy in the Philippines so they can look at possible investments.

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