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Events in 2005
Participating countries
Conference"Intercultural Dialogue: The Way Ahead"
28-29 October 2005
Programme (pdf)
  "European Culture: Identity and Diversity" Colloquy report
  Open Platform of Cooperation (pdf)
  Memorandum of co-operation with the Anna Lindh Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures

Coordinated programme of activities between the Council of Europe and the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO)

  Faro Declaration (pdf)
  Framework Convention (pdf)
  Explanatory report (pdf)
  Wroclaw Procedings (pdf)
  Picture Gallery of Faro Conference
Colloquy on "European Culture: Identity and Diversity"
8-9 September 2005
Speakers and their contribution
List of participants
  Summary (pdf)
Opening Conference
9-10 December 2004
Awards Ceremony for Five Cultural Routes
The new dimensions of Europe
50 years of the European Cultural Convention (pdf)
Text of the Convention - Chart of signatures et ratifications
40 years of cultural co-operation 1954-1994 by  Etienne GROSJEAN
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Opening Conference for the 50th Anniversary of the European Cultural Convention
Wrocław, Poland
9-10 December 2004

Awards Ceremony for Five Cultural Routes

9 December 2004

“The Vikings Routes”
Presentation by Mr Dan CARLSSON
Associate Professor at the Gotland University, Visby, Sweden

(To be checked against delivered speech)

In the year AD 789, three strange ships arrived at Portland on the southern coast of England and Beaduheard, who was the reeve of the King of Wessex, rode out to meet them. He took with him only a small band of men under the mistaken impression that the strangers were traders: “and they slew him ...” records the Anglo-Saxon Chronicletersely. It adds, with over a century of grim hindsight, “those were the first ships of Northmen which came to the land of the English.

This was the beginning of a period known to us as the Viking Age, normally dated to around AD 800-1050, when Scandinavian people from the modern countries of Denmark, Norway and Sweden influenced much of northern Europe and beyond.

By their ships and travels they connected far distance places into a network, that was the foundation for the Hanseatic League, and today, some 1000 years later, the history of the Vikings and Europe is still alive. Exhibitions in plenty, books in hundreds and activities in thousands are keeping the story alive. During the last years, the Viking theme has clearly become an important part in culture tourism and living history.

But sorry to say, there are many misunderstandings of this period of European history. Just to remind you of a typical misconception - the Vikings did not have horn on their helmets -! In this perspective, the importance of the Viking Route being a part of the Council of Europe’s.

Cultural Routes should not be underestimated. Therefore, for all Vikings, living or in Valhalla, we all deeply express our gratitude to the Council of Europe for the honour of being a part of the cultural routes of Europe.