How can the Netherlands and Denmark retain and develop the two countries' societal models so that social security and welfare continues to ensure a high level of satisfaction and happiness for their citizens?
This question was the core of the symposium on the challenges and opportunities for the Netherlands and Denmark’s societal models that had royal participation at Aalborg University Copenhagen on Tuesday.
The Dutch royal couple, HM King Willem-Alexander and HM Queen Máxima, and Denmark's crown prince couple, HRH Crown Prince Frederik and HRH Crown Princess Mary, took part in debates with researchers from the Netherlands and Denmark during part of the symposium.
Title of the conference was "A Socially Coherent Society: Prospects for Societal Development in Denmark and the Netherlands."
Both countries rank high on the international happiness barometer, the "World Happiness Index," with Denmark in first place and the Netherlands in fourth place. During the conference, leading Dutch and Danish researchers, social commentators and students presented their research and compared social development in the two countries.
Among those taking part in the debates were also Bert Koenders, the Netherlands Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Per Michael Johansen, Rector of Aalborg University.