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Swedish Priest: What I’ve learned from two years in Hong Kong

Swedish Priest: What I’ve learned from two years in Hong Kong

Anders Johansson, Swedish priest in Hong Kong, at the altar in Mariners Club's shared church room. (Photo Frederik Sonne)

Anders Johansson was constituted as the Swedish priest in Hong Kong October 2014. ScandAsia checks up on his experiences and thoughts about his position and the Church's role in Hong Kong after almost two years of practices. When Anders Johansson left …

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Swedcham Hong Kong AGM and Annual Awards

Swedcham Hong Kong AGM and Annual Awards

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Swedcham, has announced its new Board of Directors, elected at the Annual General Meeting on 29 April, at Club Lusitano. Swedcham also welcomed its newest Director Anders Bergkvist, SVP Head of Controlling China Market Unit at Stora Enso Hong Kong! From left: Per Ågren, Pontus Karlsson, Patrik Lindvall, Katarina Ivarsson, Ulf Ohrling (Chairman), …

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New book on Thailand from Bertil Lintner

New book on Thailand from Bertil Lintner

The Swedes' favourite destination Thailand is heading towards a critical stage. This is stated in a press release from the Swedish publisher Historiska Media on a new book from Bertil Lintner depicting the Thai history in a competent and vivid way. Thailand is one of the Swedes absolute favourite destinations. A warm climate, cheap accommodation, good food and exotic experiences …

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Art exhibition at Norwegian Swedish church

Art exhibition at Norwegian Swedish church

Sweden’s Ambassador to Singapore, H.E. Håkan Jevrell inaugurated the an art exhibition arranged in collaboration between Norwegian Sjömannskirken and Sweden’s Svenska kyrkan in Singapore and SWEA Singapore. The pictures show the vernissage for the art exhibition at Sjömannskirken och Svenska kyrkan i Singapore, which ended on 3 May. All paintings were done by Norwegian and swedes currently living in Singapore. …

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Swea white party in Singapore

Swea white party in Singapore

Some Swedes from community in Singapore were seen dancing on the sand on Sentosa Island as SWEA Singapore arranged their spring celebration with a ‘white party’. The event, which took place on 23 April at beach restaurant Coastes, was a success, reports Maria Sehlin Almost 100 persons came and had a lovely and very hot evening with good food, nice …

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Sweden expresses concerns over Human Rights in Thailand

Sweden expresses concerns over Human Rights in Thailand

Thailand recently had their run at UN's Universal Periodic Review (UPR), in popular called the Human Rights-exam. A procedure that all UN-states goes through every fourth year in order for other states to criticize and recommend on the states' Human Rights standards in the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. This 11th of May 2016 Thailand had their second circle in Geneva's hot seat …

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Sweden in Vietnam hosts Jan Eliasson of the UN

Sweden in Vietnam hosts Jan Eliasson of the UN

Swedish Ambassador Camilla Mellander on 3 May hosted a dinner on the topic of the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit, with UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson as Guest of honour. Among the guests were UN resident coordinator Prathiba Metha and other ambassadors to Vietnam. Eliasson was on a three-day visit to Vietnam consisting of official meetings and a visit to …

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Swedish Ministry of Health Malaysia visit

Swedish Ministry of Health Malaysia visit

Swedish State Secretary Pernilla Baralt Photo: Kristian Pohl Swedish State Secretary Ms. Pernilla Baralt, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, visited Kuala Lumpur with a delegation one 4-6 May 2016. The program included meetings with Ms. Marianne Clark-Hattingh, Representative for UNICEF in Malaysia; Y.Bhg. Dato´ Yasmeen Muhammed Shariff, Vice-Chairperson on the Committee on the Rights of the Child and visits …

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Conscious fika café in Singapore

Conscious fika café in Singapore

Nothing beats a home cooked meal, but at Fika Swedish Café and Bistro they have added a little cherry on top of their Swedish food experience: you will be a part of their mission to make a difference. Can you imagine a better feeling than being full and helpful at the same time? Neither can we! “We will strive our …

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Queen Silvia of Sweden closes Global Child Forum

Queen Silvia of Sweden closes Global Child Forum

As the full-day Global Child Forum was coming to an end, held in Kuala Lumpur on 5 May, the last words were those of Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden. Their Majesties of Sweden had attended the entire forum day, after having travelled all the way to Malaysia from Sweden only for the Forum; something that was highlighted by Global …

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New Swedish bakery to open in Singapore

New Swedish bakery to open in Singapore

(Pictures from Fika's café) How many times have you been craving for fresh baked rye bread or prinsesstårta, when abroad? Now you don’t have to go overseas anymore to satisfy your taste buds in delicious Scandiavian baking goods, because Fika Swedish Cafe & Bistro is opening their first stand alone bakery in Singapore. Welcome to KONDITORI. ”This is what Singapore …

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Sweden Cambodia: new ambassador and Bangkok seminar

Sweden Cambodia: new ambassador and Bangkok seminar

The government has appointed Minister Maria Sargren ambassador to Phnom Penh. Maria Sargren today serves as Minister Counsellor at the Permanent Representation in Brussels. She has previously served inter alia the United Nations in New York, at the representation in Geneva, at the embassy in Harare and as a national expert at the European Commission in Brussels. Embassy of Sweden …

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Fika Café and SWA team up to promote charity awareness

Fika Café and SWA team up to promote charity awareness

  “You need a team”, says Maria Therese Hedenborg, president of Scandinavian Women’s Association (SWA). In the wish of helping others, one helping hand is already a great deal. Now, imagine how great a deal it would be if we multiplied the numbers of helping hands. No one can save the world alone, and this is not the goal either, …

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Ivar Aasen topsides ready to sail away from Singapore in May 2016

Ivar Aasen topsides ready to sail away from Singapore in May 2016

A Norwegian topsides platform is ready to be sent home to Norway from Singapore. In the beginning of June 2016, the topsides to Ivar Aasen will sail away to Trondheim, which will be marked with a huge official celebration on 24 May 2016 by oil company Det norske oljeselskap ASA (Det norske) beginning from early morning. The ceremony itself will start at 9.30am at …

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Claus Boman - Danish designer bears the key to China

Claus Boman - Danish designer bears the key to China

Claus Boman - Danish design with expertise in China (Photo: Vorakorn Kanokpipat) Danish designer Claus Boman has made a trademark out of navigating between the conflicting cultures of Scandinavian high-end design and the Chinese markets demands for efficiency and profit. He calls himself a diplomatic designer building the creative bridge between West and the East. With his one-man company, bomancreative, …

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Dancham AGM asked for members' input

Dancham AGM asked for members' input

The 2016 edition of the Danish-Thai Chamber of Commerce’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) broke new ground twofold. The AGM changed venue from the traditional premises of the Danish Embassy in Bangkok to nearby Dusit Hotel near Lumpini, but more interestingly also tried out a new “format” where the actual AGM took place as the last thing of the evening’s programme, …

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Danish Ambassador will visit Udon Thani

Danish Ambassador will visit Udon Thani

The Danish ambassador to Thailand, Mikael Hemniti Winther and Michael Madsen from the Consular team of the Embassy will on Wednesday 25 May 2016 host an evening in Udon Thani in Northeast Thailand for Danes in this region of Thailand. The venue will be Jytte Rasmussen's "The Good Corner" in the Nutty Park in Udon Thani. The meeting will start already …

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Danish ice cream shop opens in Ho Chi Minh City

Danish ice cream shop opens in Ho Chi Minh City

In early April Osterberg opened its doors to the first Danish ice cream shop in Vietnam. The grand opening of their first store in Ho Chi Minh City was celebrated with invited guests for a taste of Danish ice cream. The Danish Embassy participated and enjoyed a taste of Denmark. The background of this ice cream brand is Cathrine Østerberg, …

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Postgraduates in dialogue with Danish Ambassador Malaysia

Postgraduates in dialogue with Danish Ambassador Malaysia

Postgraduate students pursuing the Master in International Relations and Diplomacy at MARA University of Technology (UiTM) on 2 May visited the Danish embassy for an in-depth dialogue session. The well-informed students used the opportunity to discuss bilateral relations between Malaysia ‬and Denmark, as well as with the EU. The students drilled into many issues, covering trade, foreign policy, regional integration, …

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MDBC visits Malaysian waste management centre

MDBC visits Malaysian waste management centre

On 26 April Malaysian Danish Business Council (MDBC) hosted what was described as a “fascinating visit to hazardous waste management centre”. MDBC members got the chance to experience the Kualiti Alam Waste Management Centre and see how hazardous waste can be properly disposed of in Malaysia. The Centre’s Danish Chief Technical Officer, Mogens Straarup, gave a presentation of the Centre …

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Asean Finns meet in Singapore

Asean Finns meet in Singapore

During the last week of April 28-29 April a unique meeting took place where all Finnish Business Councils' Directors and representatives in the Asean region met with FinPro and Finland's Ambassadors to Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand met to brainstorm and plan opportunities and collaboration. Coinciding with this unique summit, the Finnish Business Council Singapore was privileged to be able to …

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Malaysian-Finnish Business Council celebrates 15

Malaysian-Finnish Business Council celebrates 15

Malaysian-Finnish Business Council (MFBC) is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2016. To honour their long history, the hard work and time everyone involved in MFBC have contributed with over the years, they celebrated with a casual dinner on Saturday 23 April and enjoyed a delicious Italian dinner in Kuala Lumpur with their Directors and Members. At the same event they …

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Saxo Bank bolsters Greater China online trading presence

Saxo Bank bolsters Greater China online trading presence

Following on Sazo Bank’s China launch in the Shanghai Free-Trade Zone back in September 2015 the Danish bank in April 2016 announced a tri-party agreement between Saxo Bank, Wallstreet CN and LeanWork. This step will significantly bolster Saxo Bank's presence in Greater China. The users of Wallstreet CN, one of the most popular financial content providers in Greater China, will …

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