The Little Mermaid left Copenhagen and will be out of the country for several months while she is on loan to Shanghai for EXPO 2010 from May 31 to October 31, 2010. The beloved statue's departure was marked by a Danish/Chinese ceremony at Langeline. Wishing her bon voyage were the Minister for Economic and Business Affairs, Brian Mikkelson; and the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen.
The mermaid has been beheaded twice and has had her arm cut off, but this is the first time that she has left the country of Denmark. The loan of The Little Mermaid to is part of a cultural exchange between Denmark and China. While the statue is traveling, there will be a video taking her place in Copenhagen, to soften the disappointment visitors may feel that she is not in the harbor.
The Little Mermaid will be situated in the Harbour Pool in the center of the Danish Pavilion at EXPO 2010. At the EXPO visitors will have the opportunity to try some of the best aspects of Danish life.
Written by Christine Nyholm