On June 12, 2017, Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium was crowned as an honorary citizen of Seoul.
Seoul Metropolitan City confers the title of “honorary citizen” to foreigners who are credited with having contributed to the government administration or are distinguished foreign guests to the city. Prior to the Princess of Belgium, the President of Mongolia, the President of Indonesia, the President of Costa Rica and the Prime Minister of the Netherlands were named as honorary citizens of Seoul.
HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium is on a tour of Korea from June 10 to June 17, 2017 leading an economic mission with a record number of approximately 250 delegates. She first visited the government of Seoul Metropolitan City during her tour in Korea.
On June 12, 2017, Seoul Metropolitan City signed a partnership agreement with the Brussels-Capital Region and discussed plans for improving exchanges between the countries.
The agreement is expected to lead to numerous exchanges in a wide range of fields including economic investment and growth, job creation, urban regeneration, e-government, social innovation and the MICE industry, such as culture and tourism.