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Ericsson in crisis: CEO fired, suspicions of corruption

Ericsson in crisis: CEO fired, suspicions of corruption

Ericsson (the Swedish world leader in communications technology and services) is in a leadership crisis and being investigated on corruption. The corporation also announced that large lay-offs are imminent. With mounting pressure on Ericsson its Board of Directors announced on 25 July 2016, in the middle of the Swedish vacation break, that its President and CEO Hans Vestberg was stepping …

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Slush arrives to Singapore in 2016

Slush comes to Singapore in September

Slush, the global start-up movement based in Helsinki, will make its debut in Southeast Asia in Singapore on the 20 September 2016 during the inaugural Singapore Week of Innovation & Technology (SWITCH) at the Resorts World Convention Center in Sentosa. Slush Singapore is arranged together with Techventure, the major innovation and enterprise event arranged by the National Research Foundation (NRF) in Singapore. …

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Malaysian activist gets permanent recidence in Sweden

Malaysian activist gets permanent recidence in Sweden

On 19 July 2016, the Malaysian student activist, Ali Abdul Jalil, was granted permanent residence in Sweden after fleeing Malaysia because of sedition charges. “My request for asylum has been granted. Thank you Sweden for the PR status, I love Sweden so much," he wrote in a Facebook positing following the permit to stay in Sweden. Ali fled Malaysia …

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Swedish Divers busts shark hunters off Borneo

Swedish Divers busts shark hunters off Borneo

On 22 July, the Swedish couple Roland Neander and Ewa Hansen was on a diving trip in the Ribbon Valley reef off the Semporna region in Sabah, Malaysia. After emerging from the waters, the two Swedish divers noticed something strange on a long boat passing by; it was filled up with dead sharks. The Swedish …

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Danish Marine Engineers Society looking for members

Danish Marine Engineers Society looking for members

The Danish Marine Engineers Society's visit to Maersk's new Triple-E Liner in Malaysia The Danish Marine Engineers Society based in Singapore is looking for new members across Southeast Asia. The society was established in 2012 and is a branch of the Danish Association for Marine Engineers (Maskinmestrenes Forening). "The idea behind the society is to promote and pass on Danish values that …

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Vietnam: Creative Festival kicks off

Vietnam: Creative Festival kicks off

On 21 July, the Vietnam Creative Festival 2016 commenced in Ho Chi Minh City. The festival promotes creative startup businesses and will look for a team of entrepreneuers that will represent Vietnam at the Creative Business Cup 2016 that takes place during the Global Entrepreneurship Week from 17 to 21 November 2016 in Copenhagen. It …

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Kamstrup: Delivering smart Danish metering solutions to Thailand

Kamstrup: Delivering smart Danish metering solutions to Thailand

Kamstrup is a world-leading Danish supplier of intelligent or "smart" energy and water metering solutions. The company produces intelligent metering systems that manage electrical and water consumption. It operates globally with own offices in 24 countries around the world. ScandAsia talked to Mr. Jesper Daugaard, Senior Vice President and head of Global Marketing, about Kamstrup and its engagement in Thailand. "In Thailand we mostly …

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Norway's FM attends ASEAN Meeting

Norway's FM attends ASEAN Meeting

Børge Brende, the Norwegian Foreign Minister attended from 24 to 26 July the 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting took place in Vientiane, Laos. The meeting was attended by a range of foreign ministers from Southeast Asia, but also other regions of the world, including Norway, represented by Foreign Minister, Børge Brende. “The partnership with ASEAN is very positive for Norway," Brende said ahead …

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Food emerges as new favorite souvenir

Food emerges as new favorite souvenir

Spies asked its tour guides worlwide what the Danes take home as souvenirs from their vacations. Olive oil and other olive products top the list. From Thailand, spices in various forms is a hit - maybe a business opportunity is hidden here? In fact a search reveals lots of good ideas - apart from the spices, - click here.   …

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Swedish movie banned from Film Festival in Thailand

Swedish movie banned from Film Festival in Thailand

From the 6 to 12 July, the Thailand International Film Destinations Festival took place, showcasing a number of movies filmed in Thailand. The Swedish movie "Happy Hour in Paradise" was supposed to be shown, but where banned from the festival that was held at the Paragon Cineplex in Bangkok . Four movies were banned from the festival, the …

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Philippines: Ceasefire ahead of peacetalks in Norway

Philippines: Ceasefire ahead of peacetalks in Norway

President Rodrigo Duterte during his first 'State Of the Nation Address' on 25 July called for an unilateral ceasefire  between government forces and communist rebels, effective immiediately. The ceasefire was declared ahead of peace talks in Oslo from 20 to 27 August this year. The President proclaimed the ceasefire in his first 'State Of the …

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Swedish Ambassador honoured in Vietnam

Swedish Ambassador honoured in Vietnam

Camilla Mellander, Sweden's Ambassador to Vietnam on July 15 received the “For Peace and Friendship among Nations” insignia at a ceremony in Hanoi. The award was granted by the The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO). The insignia was presented by Vu Xuan Hong, chairman of the VUFO, who praised Mellander for promoting the bilateral ties between …

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Finnair partners with Chinese travel platform

Finnair partners with Chinese travel platform

On 20 July 2016, Finnair signed a strategic partnership with Alitrip, a fast growing Chinese online travel service. Finnair projects the partnership to bring around 3000 Chinese tourists to Finland during the winter months and bring a boost to Finnish tourism. The partnership includes a a 7-day/5-night package product to Finland and Lapland, visiting Helsinki, Rovaniemi and Ivalo. …

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