Berglind Asgeirsdottir shares impressions about Belarus


Berglind Asgeirsdottir shares impressions about Belarus

The faraway Iceland prays on Belarus as the main buyer of capelin caviar. Brest preserves the caviar in jars.

It is not surprising that the conception of Belarus is a bit out of date. And Belarus sees it when people from the West come to the country and give comments.

Madam Ambassador, Belarus sees Iceland as a rather mysterious country. There are many legends about the country. However, I would like to ask you a question about Belarus. What were you surprised with in Belarus?

Berglind Asgeirsdottir, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Iceland to the Republic of Belarus:
It is my first time in Belarus. If to speak about my personal impressions, when I arrived in Minsk, I thought to myself, how clean the city is, what bright buildings and good cities it has. When I was in the center of the city, I managed to enjoy the architecture. Actually, I tried Belarusian cuisine with great pleasure.

Another interesting fact. Belarus is the world leader in buying capelin caviar from Iceland. Is it possible to say that ordinary people in Iceland, as sailors and fishermen, know about Belarus?

Berglind Asgeirsdottir:
We know Belarus as a capelin caviar processor. Last year Japan was a larger market, but Belarus is the leader today. As for fish industry, we know each other quite well. However, our cooperation does not only base on trade, we work in other directions. For instance, we opened a photo exhibition of the views of Iceland. And at the presentation I saw it myself, that Belarusians were truly impressed and excited by the beauties of Iceland’s nature. Belarus, in its turn, in comparison with Iceland, has more flat land; it reminds me Denmark and the Netherlands more. I couldn't even imagine it before.