Friday 24 February 2017

Denmark's mermaid takes flight

Copenhagen's famous little mermaid statue seen on the back of a truck (AP)
Copenhagen's famous little mermaid statue seen on the back of a truck (AP)

Denmark's famed Little Mermaid statue has left her perch in Copenhagen harbour for the first time in nearly 100 years to start a journey to the World Expo in Shanghai where she will be the centrepiece of the Danish pavilion.

The five-foot landmark, which honours the memory of Danish fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen, was lifted by a crane and lowered onto the back of a truck at a ceremony in the Danish capital.

The exact travel itinerary is being kept secret for security reasons, but the statue is scheduled to be placed in the Danish pavilion about a week before the World Expo opens on May 1.

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