The Seoul Metropolitan Government has selected a number of foreign nationals as ‘2011 Honorary Citizens’ in recognition of their long-term contributions to the development of Seoul and the promotion of Korean culture around the world.
The City Government has selected 16 foreigners from 12 countries as Honorary Citizens this year, thereby swelling the ranks of the 650 who have already been named as Honorary Seoul Citizens in previous years.
The newly appointed honorary citizens will receive Honorary Citizenship certificates from Seoul’s Mayor during the “2011 Honorary Citizens’ Day Ceremony,” which will take place at Sejong Hall, Sejong Center for the Performing Arts on October 28.
Since 1958 the City Government has been awarding Honorary Citizenships to foreigners who make significant contributions to expanding the basis for far-reaching international exchange and developing Seoul as a leading global city, as well as to foreign heads of state, top government officials, and diplomats, as a means of acknowledging their contributions and enhancing cooperative ties.
With the 16 set to receive Seoul Honorary Citizenships this year, 666 people from 91 countries will have been honored in total. By nationality, the winners of Honorary Citizenships include 168 Americans, 40 Japanese, 29 Germans, 29 Chinese, 24 Britons, 16 French, and 14 Canadians.